College of Continuing Professional Studies

About the CCPS Secondary Education Program

The College of Continuing Professional Studies offers a bachelors of science in secondary education that leads to a teacher certification in secondary 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 secondary 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 2015-2016

B.S. with Teacher Certification B.S. and Secondary Education Degree

Previous Academic Year 2014-2015

B.S. with Teacher Certification B.S. and Secondary Education Degree

Academic Year 2013-2014

B.S. with Teacher Certification B.S. and Secondary Education Degree

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The secondary education major requires 40 hours of coursework in the following distribution:

Foundations of Teaching (15 hours)

EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 203: The American Classroom
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
EDUC 340: Psychology of the Exceptional Child

Teaching Methods (13 hours)

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
(Taken concurrently with EDUC 303)
EDUC 360: Classroom Management
EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examination
EDUC Discipline-specific methods

(For more information, refer to course descriptions)

The following course can be taken in conjunction with student teaching (EDUC 478):

EDUC 331: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Field

Clinical and field experiences (12 hours)

EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
EDUC 303: Secondary Education
Field Experience 1 hour
(Taken concurrently with EDUC 304)
EDUC 478: Student Teaching on the Secondary School Level

Students seeking Missouri state certification in a secondary education content field must complete the required courses for that academic major. The required courses that meet graduation and state certification requirements can be acquired from the School of Education and Child Development and/or the content area department (i.e. art, biology, chemistry, communication, English, French, history, math, physical education, physics, Spanish, theatre).

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 http://www.drury.edu/education/state-teacher-certification/.

Students are required to use the advising sheet found at www.drury.education/education 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).

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