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


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Degree Requirements

The elementary education major requires a minimum of 56 credit hours of education coursework.

Foundations of Teaching

EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child

Teaching Methods

EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy
EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum
EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children’s Literature
EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Mathematics
EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science
EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Literacy
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts
EDUC 452: Correction of Literacy Problems
EDUC 455: Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics
EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations

Clinical and Field Experiences

EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
EDUC 401: Literacy Practicum I
EDUC 402: Literacy Practicum II
EDUC 476: Student Teaching on the Elementary School Level

*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 Examinations during the student teaching semester.

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 www.drury.edu/education/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.

In 2017, the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education redesigned the standards for educator preparation including certification requirements.  These changes are effective August 1, 2017.  The School of Education and Child Development has updated its program to meet the new requirements. Education majors should be aware that updates to certification requirements can occur during their degree program and may necessitate changes to programs of study.  This is outside of the School's control, but we endeavor to assist students in navigating such changes.  In such cases, the School will communicate via Drury email and other methods to keep students informed and offer additional advising where necessary.