Elementary Education Major & Teacher Education Program

Earn Your M.Ed. In One Year With Our 4 + 1 Option

The School of Education and Child Development offers a concurrent credit option for undergraduate education students meeting the requirements described in the Graduate Catalog. Eligible students may enroll in up to 9 credit hours of selected graduate courses from the Master in Education programs. Successful completion of these courses will earn both undergraduate credit toward the bachelor’s degree and graduate credit toward a master in education degree. This opportunity allows students to save on tuition costs and expedite their progress toward a Master in Education degree.

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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.

Foundations of Teaching

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

EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy
EDUC 338: Elementary School Curriculum
EDUC 356: Methods of Teaching Children’s Literature
EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
EDUC 380: Methods of Teaching Mathematics
EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science
EDUC 407: Methods of Teaching Literacy
EDUC 409: Methods of Teaching Language Arts
EDUC 452: Correction of Literacy Problems
EDUC 455: Correction of Disabilities in Mathematics
EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations

Clinical and Field Experiences

EDUC 201: Teacher Aide
EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
EDUC 401: Literacy Practicum I
EDUC 402: Literacy Practicum II
EDUC 476: Student Teaching on the Elementary School Level

*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.

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).