College of Continuing Professional Studies

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

Previous Academic Years

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Semester One (16 hours)

ENGL 150: Composition
EDUC 203: The American Classroom
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide I
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Ed
EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
GEOG 109: World Regional Geography I OR
GEOG 110: World Regional Geography II
PHYS 100: Earth Science OR
PHYS 110: Elementary Astronomy

Semester Two (17 hours)

ENGL 207: Expository Writing
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EXSP 312: Methods of Teaching Health and P.E.
EXSP 220: Personal Wellness
HIST 101: United States History to 1865 OR
HIST 102: United States History, 1865 to present
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology OR
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology OR
ANTH 111: Introduction to Anthropology

Semester Three (15 hours)

EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
EDUC 340: Psychology of the Exceptional Child
COMM 211: Presentational Speaking
MATH 101: Fundamental Math Concepts I
SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I

Semester Four (15 hours)

MATH 102: Fundamental Math Concepts II
EDUC 221: Economics Education
PHYS 111: Physical Science OR
CHEM 103: Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHEM 103-L: Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.
SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish II

Note: admission to teacher education required beyond this point.

Semester Five (17 hours)

BIOL 102: General Biology
EDUC 360: Classroom Management
EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children's Literature
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts
MATH 109: College Algebra
ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I OR
ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II OR
MUSC 115: Introduction to Music

Semester Six (16 hours)

BIOL 200: Ecology OR
BIOL 106: Conservation Theory/Management OR
SCIE 310: Scientific Principles, Discoveries and the Future
EDUC 401: Methods of Teaching Reading Practicum
EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Reading
EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum
GLST 201: Global Awareness OR
ANTH 111: Introduction to Anthropology

Choose one of the following to meet Ethics requirement:

PHIL 210: Ethics
PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Healthcare
ENVR 220: Introduction to Environmental Issues
ENGL 342: Shakespeare and Ethics
COMM 285: Communication and Ethics

*Student teaching application due August 1st or February 1st

Semester Seven (16 hours)

EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Science
EDUC 402: Correction of Reading Difficulties Practicum
EDUC 452: Correction of Reading Difficulties
EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Mathematics
ENGL ___: English Literature (Choose one 3 hour English Literature course)
SOCI 316: Minority Groups or other Minorities course

*Please note that 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 hours)

EDUC 331: Reading in the Content Field
EDUC 476: Student Teaching

All students are required to earn the specified grades for all courses leading to state certification. A complete list of those grade requirements is provided at

Students are required to use the advising sheet found at to fulfill your graduation and state certification requirements. This documentation must be reviewed with your academic advisor each semester prior to registration.

The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education -- Office of Educator Quality is working with representative stakeholders 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).