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.

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B.S. with Teacher Certification

B.S. and Secondary Education Degree


B.S. with Teacher Certification

B.S. and Secondary Education Degree

Degree Requirements

The secondary education major requires a minimum of 44 credit hours of education coursework.

Foundations of Teaching (15 credit hours required):
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 (17 credit hours required):
EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms (Taken concurrently with EDUC 303)
EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
EDUC 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum
EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations
EDUC Discipline Specific Teaching Methods (For more information, refer to the section on methods courses related to specific teaching areas.)

The following course can be taken in conjunction with student teaching (EDUC 478):
EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy

Clinical and Field Experiences (12 credit hours required)

EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
EDUC 303: Secondary Education Field Experience I (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, 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 www.drury.edu/education/state-certification.

Students are required to use the advising sheet found at www.drury.edu/education to fulfill your graduation and state certification requirements.  This documentation must be reviewed with your 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.