Elementary Education Major & Teacher Education Program

Grades 1-6

The elementary education major and Teacher Education Program are unique for its partnership with neighborhood schools. Education majors connect theory with practice by completing clinical experiences as an integrated part of their professional course work.

For example, reading, mathematics and science methods courses schedule blocks of time when the class and the professor work as a team with teachers at local elementary schools to deliver individualized instruction to children. The result is increased academic performance by the children, and better qualified education students who graduate with practical experience and the ability to connect theory to practice.

The elementary education curriculum consists of the Drury CORE Curriculum, education courses and a combination of additional subject area courses that fulfill the 21-hour concentration area required for state certification.

Course Requirements

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Degree Requirements

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

Semester 1: (17 hours)
CORE 101: Drury Seminar
EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
COMM 211: Presentational Speaking
MATH 205: Mathematical Connections
EDUC 110: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking I

Choose one of the following:
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology OR
SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology OR
ANTH 111: Introduction to Anthropology

Semester 2: (17 hours)
CORE 103: Drury Explorations
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
Choose one course that meets the Science & Discovery CORE requirement
EDUC 110: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking I

Choose one of the following:
HIST 101: United States History to 1865 OR
HIST 102: United States History 1865 to Present

Semester 3: (16 hours)
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
Foreign Language CORE
EDUC 210: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking II

Choose one of the following:
GEOG 109: World Regional Geography I OR
GEOG 110: World Regional Geography II
*Admission to teacher education required beyond this point

Semester 4: (15 hours)
CORE 201: Global Foundations
Foreign Language CORE Elective (continue same language started in semester 3)
EDUC 370: Curriculum and Assessment
EXSP 220: Personal Wellness
EDUC 210: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking II

Choose one of the following:
ENGL 266: Creative Writing I: Fiction OR
ENGL 267: Creative Writing I: Poetry OR
ENGL 268: Creative Writing I: Nonfiction

Semester 5: (16 hours)
Choose one elective (2-3 hours)
EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children’s Literature
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts
Choose one ARTH, ARTZ, or MUSC course
Choose one Ethics CORE course
EDUC 310: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking III

Choose one of the following:
MATH 101: Fundamental Math Concepts I OR
MATH 102: Fundamental Math Concepts II

Semester 6: (17 hours)
EDUC 401: Literacy Practicum I
EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Literacy
EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum
Fine Arts Invention CORE
Choose one science elective
EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Mathematics
EDUC 310: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking III
*Student teaching application due August 1st

Semester 7: (14 hours)
EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science
EDUC 402: Literacy Practicum II
EDUC 452: Correction of Literacy Problems
EDUC 455: Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics
EDUC 410: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking IV
*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.

Semester 8: (12 hours)
EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy
EDUC 476: Student Teaching on the Elementary School Level

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.

The Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education- Office of Educator Quality is working with representative stakeholder 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).