About the CCPS Elementary Education Program

The College of Continuing Professional Studies offers a bachelors of science in elementary education that leads to a teacher certification in elementary education.

The professional preparation of teachers at Drury University is grounded not only in the academic disciplines, but also in a partnership with the public schools. As part of the professional preparation of teachers, students participate in a series of clinical experiences which may begin as early as the freshman year and conclude in the senior year. Clinical experiences include teacher aiding in a public school, field experiences related to areas of specialization, reading practica, and student teaching. These experiences provide opportunities for Drury University students to gain practical experiences working with special needs children as well as a wide variety of socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic groups.

The Drury University continuing studies program to prepare elementary teachers is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and Council for the Accreditation of of Educator Preparation (CAEP). It is the policy of the Drury University teacher certification program to accept transfer credit in professional education which are awarded only by institutions accredited by CAEP, or education programs approved for teacher certification/by state departments of elementary and secondary education.

Programs of Study

2016-2017

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Program Requirements

Credit Hours

Prerequisites

Semester One
(15 hrs)


ENGL 150: Composition
3 hrs None
EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education 3 hrs None
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide I 1 hr Taken concurrently with EDUC 212
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Ed 0 hrs Taken concurrently with EDUC 201
COMM 211: Presentational Speaking 3 hrs None
LIBR 211: Information Research Skills 1 hr None
Choose one elective 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 110: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking I 1 hr None

Semester Two
 (16 hrs)
ENGL 207: Expository Writing 3 hrs ENGL 150
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development 3 hrs None
EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments 3 hrs EDUC 205
EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom 3 hrs None
HIST 101: United States History to 1865 OR 
HIST: 102: United States History, 1865 to present
3 hrs None for either course
EDUC 110: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking I 1 hr None

Semester Three
(16 hrs)
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment 3 hrs EDUC 205 & EDUC 207
EDUC 340: Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3 hrs EDUC 205
MATH 109: College Algebra 3 hrs MATH 100 or one year of high school algebra and one year of high school geometry
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology OR 
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology
3 hrs None for either course
Choose one science course from list 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 210: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking II 1 hr None


Note: Admission to teacher education required beyond this point.


Semester Four
(16 hrs)


MATH 101: Fundamental Math Concepts I OR
MATH 102: Fundamental Math Concepts II
3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 370: Curriculum and Assessment 3 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
Choose one cultural diversity course from list 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
MUSC 115: Introduction to Music OR
ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I OR
ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II
3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
GEOG 109: World Geography I OR 
GEOG 110: World Geography II
3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 210: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking II 1 hr None

Semester Five
(17 hrs)


Choose one elective
3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children's Literature 2 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts 2 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
Choose one social science course from list 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
Choose one science course from list 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
Choose one elective 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 310: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking III 1 hr None

Semester Six
(17 hrs)


EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Literacy
3 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
EDUC 401: Methods of Teaching Literacy Practicum 1 hr Formal admission to the teacher education program. Taken concurrently with EDUC 407.
EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum 3 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Mathematics 3 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
Choose one social science course from list 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
Choose one elective 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 310: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking III 1 hr None

Note: Student teaching application due August 1st or February 1st


Semester Seven
(16-17 hrs)


EDUC 455: Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics
3 hrs None
EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Science 3 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
EDUC 452: Correction of Reading Difficulties 3 hrs EDUC 407 and formal admission to the teacher education program
EDUC 402: Correction of Reading Difficulties Practicum 1 hr EDUC 401, and formal admission to the teacher education program. Taken concurrently with EDUC 452
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S. 3 hrs None
Choose one elective 3 hrs CCPS Course Descriptions*
EDUC 410: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking IV 1 hr None

Note: All students must attempt the state-determined content exam(s) prior to student teaching. If the exam(s) is not passed the student will enroll in EDUC 475 Review for Teacher Certification Exam during the student teaching semester.


Semester Eight
(12 hrs)


EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy 2 hrs EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program
EDUC 476: Student Teaching 10 hrs

Approval of the Teacher Education Council. Observation and supervised practice teaching at the elementary school level (grades 1-6). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475, if a passing state content assessment score is not obtained.


TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 124 hrs


*Some elective courses may require prerequisites. Please see the course descriptions section of the catalog for individual course requirements

All students are required to earn the specified grades for all courses leading to state certification. 

Students are required to use the advising sheet to fulfill graduation and state certification requirements. This documentation should be reviewed with an assigned academic advisor each semester prior to registration.

The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education-Office of Educator Quality is working with representative stakeholder groups to redesign the standards for educator preparation including certification requirements. These changes and implementation schedule will be communicated to students through individual advising sessions, meetings, and/or other university communications. If there are any questions and/or concerns, please contact the Director of Educator Preparation in the Office of Educator Quality (in Jefferson City, Missouri).