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Sherry Sines
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Graduate Programs

Drake University

Reading Endorsement

Drake University School of Education in collaboration with Grant Wood AEA offers the Reading Endorsement (K-6 or 7-12) as an addition to the Iowa Teaching License. Most teachers licensed in the last 15 years need just 3-5 courses in the areas of Literacy, Assessment, Special Populations, Practical and Reading in the Content Area. The courses required for the endorsement will be determined following a review of your transcripts. As of June 1, 2004, teachers pursuing endorsements of 12 credits or less no longer have to complete an entrance examination. Drake will guarantee that all of the classes will be delivered in a one-year sequence. All of these courses are offered in a distance learning format (a combination of ICN and on-line courses). Courses can transfer to Drake's Effective Teaching Master's Degree. If you are interested in pursuing a Reading Endorsement, please contact Sherry Sines, 399-6517, 800-798-9771 ext. 6517 at Grant Wood AEA or Margaret Burns-Fess, Drake University Reading Endorsement Coordinator, 1-800-44-DRAKE ext. 3888 or

If you have questions or wish for further information please contact:
Margaret Burns-Fess
515-271-3888 or
1-800-44-DRAKE, ext. 3888

Education Leadership/Principal License

Drake University, in collaboration with Grant Wood AEA, offers an Education Leadership program with a master’s degree in Educational Administration (PK-12 administrative licensure). The master’s program is a 36 hour program designed as a two-year cohort. This program has been designed for educators aspiring to be:
• Principals
• Associate/assistant principals
• Curriculum coordinators
• Deans of students
• Teacher leaders
• Athletic administrators
• Area Education Agency consultants

For information about the program contact:

Dr. Tom Buckmiller

Drake Educational Leadership Informational Sessions

Earn a Master's degree in Education Leadership from Drake University!

*Weekend Classes

*All Face-to-face instruction - the Drake Professors come to you!

*Cohort Starting in Cedar Rapids in the Fall

*Earn school administrator licensure/Evaluator Approval

The master's program is a 36-hour program designed as a two-year cohort. This program has been designed for educators aspiring to be: principals, Associate/assistant principals, Curriculum Directors, Deans of Students, Teacher Leaders, Activities Directors, AEA consultants.

For more information about the program:


Please contact Dr. Thomas Buckmiller at Drake University with questions:


Middle School Endorsement Program

This program completes an endorsement for middle school (grades five through eight) in the state of Iowa. The holder of this endorsement is authorized to teach ALL subjects in grades five through eight with the exception of art, industrial arts, music, reading, physical education, and special education. The endorsement is an "add-on" endorsement to Iowa general Elementary Endorsement (K-6) license or Iowa Secondary Level Endorsements (7-12), so the candidate for this endorsement must currently hold either a valid Iowa teacher's license at the elementary or secondary level, or be currently seeking endorsement at the elementary or secondary level.
The full endorsement is 27-42 hours. Drake University offers the two core courses online. Students must meet the other course obligations through their undergraduate education, or take the courses through Drake, another university, or a community college. Transfer credits must be approved and a transcript review will determine any requirements students have already completed. A minimum of 6 credits must be completed through Drake for the university to authorize an endorsement.

For questions regarding transfer credit, transcript reviews, or specific courses, contact Todd Hodgkinson at 1-800-44-DRAKE, ext. 4565 or

To register for a class, contact Debbie Dodge at

For admission information, contact Jared McCarty at 1-800-44-DRAKE, ext. 2552 or


Gifted and Talented Endorsement (online!)

Courses for the Gifted and Talented Endorsement Strand comply with the 12 hour Iowa Department of Education requirement for preparation of teachers, consultants, and coordinators in gifted education programs. The required 12 hours must be in four areas -- psychology, programming, administration, and practicum.

For questions regarding transfer credit, transcript reviews, or specific courses, contact Sally Beisser at 1-800-44-DRAKE, ext. 4850 or

To register for a class, contact Debbie Dodge at


Drake University Notes:

1. An official transcript will be sent to the student's home for all courses at no charge.

2. Students are able to find calendars, unofficial transcripts, and student resources by connecting with Drake University through BlueVIEW - the Drake University portal to student services. BlueVIEW directions.

Drake Transcript Form (pdf)



Morningside College

Graduate Program in Education - 100% Online

Are you looking to take the next step in your teaching career? The Morningside College Graduate Program in Education focuses on responding to the changing needs of teachers in Iowa and across the nation. That means we work hard to offer quality online coursework at a competitive price.


The Sharon Walker School of Education - Graduate Program in Education "aspires to cultivate highly effective educators who are committed to the belief that every student will learn" The program offers two different degree tracks two different degree tracks to a master of Arts in Teaching. In addition to the MAT the program also offers eleven endoresments approved by the Iowa Department of Education and coursework is available in other education-related areas. Continue your education and earn an MAT degree while completing coursework in special education, reading, ESL, TAG, middle school, or STEM.


All coursework offered thorugh the program is graduate-level. Courses are offered 100% online via Moodle. Courses are asynchronous, so students are not required to be online at any particular time of the day.


Get started today! Go to the Graduate & Online Programs link at and apply! No risk - no obligation! Questions? Call 800-831-0806 and ask for the Graduate Program in Education.



Marycrest International University

Marycrest has closed but transcripts are available. (Click here for transcript request information.)

NOTE: If your graduate credit appears on your Grant Wood AEA transcript you do not also need the graduate institution's transcript when applying for license renewal.