School of Education & Child Development

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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Important Resources

Degree Requirements

Semester 1: (16-17 hours)
CORE 101: Drury Seminar
EDUC 203: The American Classroom
EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
COMM 211: Presentational Speaking
MATH 205: Mathematical Connections

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

Semester 2: (16-17 hours)
CORE 103: Drury Explorations
EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
EXSP 312: Methods of Teaching Health and Physical Education
EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
Science and Discovery CORE

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

Semester 3: (15 hours)
EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
Foreign Language CORE

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: (17 hours)
CORE 201: Global Foundations
EDUC 221: Economics Education
EXSP 220: Personal Wellness
Foreign Language CORE Elective

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)
EDUC 360: Classroom Management
EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children’s Literature
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts
MATH 101: Fundamental Math Concepts I
Ethics CORE

Choose one of the following:
ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I OR
ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II OR
MUSC 115: Introduction to Music

Semester 6: (16-17 hours)
EDUC 401: Reading Practicum I
EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Reading
EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum
Fine Arts Invention CORE
Science and Discovery CORE
MATH 102: Fundamental Math Concepts II
*Student teaching application due August 1st

Semester 7: (16 hours)
EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science
EDUC 402: Reading Practicum II
EDUC 452: Correction of Reading Problems
EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Elementary Mathematics
Science Elective
*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: Methods of Teaching Reading in the Content Field
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

Students are required to use the advising sheet linked above to fulfill your graduation and state certification requirements. This documentation must be reviewed with your academic advisor each semester prior to registration.

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