Master in Education Programs

Drury Alternative Track in Special Education (DATSE)

This program of study is designed for persons who are employed as full-time teacher aides or others interested in special education; have already completed a bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average; and do not have a Missouri teaching certificate.

To meet requirements for teacher certification in the area of Cross Categorical/Mild Moderate Disabilities, DATSE graduate candidates must complete structured field experiences aligned to course work and demonstrate standards-based performances specific to the area of certification. Standards-based performances specific to the DATSE program may only be met in a public school K-12 setting with students diagnosed with mild/moderate disabilities. Field experience requirements within the DATSE program follow:

  1. By the second year of the program, the DATSE candidate must be employed by a public school and working in a K-12 setting as a special education teacher on a provisional certificate with a caseload to include students with a diagnosis aligned to a mild/moderate disability. This does not include an assignment where the primary duties are speech implementation, early childhood special educator, or teacher of students with severe disabilities.


  2. The DATSE candidate completes a 90 hour practicum experience in conjunction with EDUC 653 and a 16-week semester of student teaching to support completion of EDUC 654 and EDUC 655. All practica and student teaching placements will be made through the School of Education and Child Development.

DATSE candidates working as a paraprofessional in a public school Special Education setting must contact the School of Education and Child Development prior to their second year of the DATSE program to determine options for meeting DATSE field experience requirements leading to certification. If it is determined that the paraprofessional experience will meet state certification requirements, a letter verifying district employment must be provided to the SECD Director of Student Services during enrollment in EDUC 654/EDUC 655.

The special education program of study leads to a Missouri initial teaching certification in mild/moderate, cross-categorical special education (grades K-12) and to the Master in Education degree.

Course Requirements

Fall 2014 or after

EDUC 606: Psychology of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 607: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EDUC 610: Behavior Analysis and Intervention
EDUC 625: Correction of Mathematical Difficulties
EDUC 649: Introduction to Cross-Categorical Disabilities
EDUC 651: Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement
EDUC 665: Improvement of Reading Instruction
EDUC 652: Language Development of the Exceptional Child
EDUC 667: Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
EDUC 653: Methods of Teaching Students/Cross-Categorical Disabilities
EDUC 654: Clinical Experience – Elementary
EDUC 655: Clinical Experience – Secondary

Individualized programs of study are provided to all fully admitted DATSE students prior to the first semester of enrollment.

Missouri Content Assessments

In order to be state certified, all DATSE students must pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessments for special education.  A listing of those exam codes can be found by visiting the MEGA Testing website. In addition, please refer to the DESE Testing Updates provided in August 2014. 

If you passed Praxis II exam 0543 or 5543 prior to September 1, 2014, that score will be honored until December 31, 2016.  Any Praxis II exam taken after August 31, 2014 will not meet a Missouri certification requirement.

Admission Interview

Prospective students must work with the School of Education and Child Development to submit all required materials for graduate admission. Once that process is complete, students must interview with the Associate Dean of the School of Education and Child Development. The form below must be submitted electronically prior to the interview and students must bring a hard copy to the interview as well.

DATSE Admission Interview Requirements

Highly Qualified Teacher

In order to meet Highly Qualified Teacher status and be eligible for provisional certification while enrolled in the DATSE program, students must register for the special education Missouri Content Assessment. Your hiring school district may require a passing score on those assessments and additional assessments in order to meet the standard for Highly Qualified Teacher.

In order for Drury University to recommend you for initial state certification you must pass the appropriate special education Missouri Content Assessments or have a passing Praxis II score (code 0543 or 5543) dated prior to September 1, 2014.  All programmatic requirements, including an electronic portfolio, must be complete as well.

Provisional Certification Extensions

If you are a current DATSE student teaching under provisional certification, you will need to do the following to extend your provisional certificate:

  1. Obtain the location of the appropriate application by contacting DESE at (573) 751-0051.
  2. Submit the application and a letter as to why you are requesting an extension to DESE at the address below.
  3. Request a district letter of support and have it sent to DESE at the address below.
  4. Request a Drury letter of support by e-mailing the SECD Associate Dean at The letter will then be e-mailed as a PDF document to the student.

You should send an updated Drury transcript to DESE by contacting the Drury Registrar's office and have it sent to:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Attn: Robyn Segall
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO  65102