Master in Education Programs

Drury Alternative Track in Special Education (DATSE)

Director's Welcome & M.Ed. Overview

The Drury Alternative Certification Track in Special Education (DATSE) is a graduate program of study designed for persons who have already completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average; and who wish to obtain a Missouri teaching certificate in Mild/Moderate Disabilities. The program may be completed in 42 credit hours with the majority of the coursework offered in an online format. The program does require some blended coursework with an alternating seated session/online delivery system. Please refer to the program of study that follows for information on the course delivery format and the course sequence. Successful completion of the DATSE will lead to initial teacher certification as well as a Master in Education Degree. The DATSE is a competency-based program that is aligned to state and national standards as well as research-based educational practices.

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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 experience in EDUC 699. 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. Prior to or no later than the semester enrolled in EDUC 653,  candidates who are working as a paraprofessional in an approved setting must provide documentation that field requirements can be met via an agreement signed by a District Supervisor.  In addition, a letter verifying district employment must be submitted during the semester the candidate is enrolled in EDUC 699.  This documentation must be submitted to the School of Education and Child Development Director of Student Services.

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

DATSE Fall Entry 

Fall 1:  EDUC 606 and EDUC 649
Spring 2:  EDUC 651 and EDUC 610
Summer 3:  EDUC 665 and EDUC 652
Fall 4:  EDUC 653
Spring 5:  EDUC 654 and EDUC 655
Summer 6:  EDUC 667 and EDUC 625
Fall 7:  EDUC 699 and EDUC 607

DATSE Spring Entry

Spring 1:  EDUC 606 and EDUC 649
Summer 2:  EDUC 651 and EDUC 665
Fall 3:  EDUC 652 and EDUC 610
Spring 4:  EDUC 653
Summer 5:  EDUC 667 and EDUC 625
Fall 6:  EDUC 654 and EDUC 655
Spring 7:  EDUC 699 and EDUC 607

DATSE Summer Entry

Summer 1:  EDUC 606 and EDUC 649
Fall 2:  EDUC 651 and EDUC 625
Spring 3:  EDUC 610 and EDUC 665
Summer 4:  EDUC 652 and EDUC 667
Fall 5:  EDUC 653
Spring 6:  EDUC 654 and EDUC 655
Summer:  No classes
Fall 7:  EDUC 699 and EDUC 607

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