Secondary Education Major & Teacher Education Program

Grades 9-12

The secondary education major and Teacher Education Program produces some of the best and well-rounded secondary teachers in the State of Missouri. Students complete a core of professional education courses as well as specialized work related to their area of teacher certification. The objective of the program is to strengthen both the content knowledge and the ability of the teacher to help students learn.

Drury University is located across the street from Central High School, one of the most racially and culturally diverse secondary schools in southwest Missouri. Approximately 20 percent of Central High School students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and approximately 20 percent are non-white, making Central High School an excellent environment for field experiences. Drury University and Central High School are also partners in the Yale University Comer School Development Program with the result that Central High School is recognized as one of the most outstanding secondary schools in southwest Missouri (Central ranked first in the Springfield School District for the average score on the ACT).

The secondary education curriculum consists of the Drury CORE Curriculum, education courses and content area courses required for the major and state certification.

Degree Requirements

The secondary education major requires a minimum of 53 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 (19 credit hours required):
EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms (Taken concurrently with EDUC 303)
EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
EDUC 370: Curriculum and Assessment
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 (19 credit hours required)

EDUC 110: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking I
EDUC 210: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking II
EDUC 310: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking III
EDUC 410: Professional Learning and Critical Thinking IV
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

Students are required to use the advising sheet found at 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).

Current Drury undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a 4+1 accelerated version of the Exceptional Children and Youth degree so that their program of study is started during their undergraduate program and completed in one year upon completion of the undergraduate program. Students must have senior status and be in good standing in the Teacher Education Program. Once eligibility is determined, the student must meet with an advisor for an individualized program of study.

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