School of Education Concurrent Credit Courses Questions & Answers

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.

Questions & Answers

What is a 4+1 program?

The 4+1 program makes it possible for academically qualified and motivated students to begin their 36-hour master’s degree while still an undergraduate student. With appropriate advising and fulfillment of academic standards, students can complete a bachelor’s (typically four years) and fast-track completion of a master’s degree in one year. This opportunity allows students to save on tuition costs and expedite their progress toward a Master in Education degree.

How does it work?

  • Eligible undergraduate students who meet program requirements can enroll in nine hours of 600 level education graduate courses (three courses) while still pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Students earn graduate and undergraduate credit simultaneously in each of these three courses.
  • Working in conjunction with the M.Ed. program director, students will complete and file a program of study with the Registrar’s Office. The plan of study must be approved by the student’s advisor, the M.Ed. graduate program director, the dean of the School of Education and Child Development, and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
  • In order to earn the master’s in one year, students will take the remaining 27 hours of graduate coursework during the three or four semesters following conferral of the undergraduate degree (the typical sequence is summer, fall, and spring semesters).

What degrees are earned in the 4+1 Education program?

Bachelor’s (select one):

  • Bachelor’s in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor’s in Secondary Education

    Plus, Master’s (select one):
  • Master’s in Education Curriculum and Instruction (Elementary, Middle, or Secondary)
  • Master’s in Education Integrated Learning

Who is eligible to apply for the 4+1 program?

Undergraduate students pursuing the Bachelor’s in Elementary Education or Secondary Education majors are eligible to apply for the 4+1 program. Specified graduate coursework (see chart below) will apply to the curriculum requirements for either of these majors.

Minimum academic requirements for early acceptance to a qualifying master’s program are:

  • Ninety (90) undergraduate credits, 45 of which must have been completed at Drury
  • Two (2) upper-division courses in the major area of study
  • Overall GPA of 3.5

    Students must apply for the desired 4+1 master’s program after completing 75 hours of undergraduate coursework. Students must meet GPA requirements to stay in the program. If a student earns a C in a graduate course, he/she will be placed on probationary status. A student can be dismissed from the graduate program for failing to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students failing to remove themselves from scholastic probation within one semester in residence after being placed on scholastic probation may be dismissed.

Concurrent Credit Courses

Graduate Course: Concurrent Credit With: Available To:
EDUC 608: Classroom Management for Teachers EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments Elementary & Secondary majors. Typically taken during the junior year, but can be moved to the senior year.
EDUC 632: Literacy Instruction in the Content Area EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy Elementary & Secondary majors. Typically taken during the final semester of senior year.
SCI 631: Improvement of K-12 Science Instruction EDUC 382: Methods of Teaching Elementary Science Elementary Education majors. Typically taken during the fall semester of senior year.
EDUC 619: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms with Field Experience EDUC 303/304*: Secondary Education Field Experience/Teaching in Diverse Classrooms Secondary Education majors
Typically taken during the fall semester of senior year.

Courses shown are 3 credit hours each (*EDUC 303/304 together comprise 3 hours).

How will tuition be charged?

Tuition for graduate-level courses taken while pursuing a bachelor’s degree will be charged as follows:

Day School: Students enrolled in 12-17 hours while taking graduate level coursework will be charged at the Day School tuition rate. In the event of an overload (more than 17 hours), graduate courses will be charged at the applicable graduate tuition rate. Reference the Tuition and Fees chart for tuition rates.

CCPS: Courses taken at the graduate level are charged the applicable graduate tuition rate. Reference the Tuition and Fees chart for tuition rates.

Once formally admitted to the graduate program upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will pay the graduate tuition rate for their coursework.

Students registering for concurrent credit must complete the Permission to Register for Concurrent Credit form. This form must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the “last day to enroll” as stated in the Academic Calendar for each semester in order to finalize registration.

How do I apply?

  1. Complete the online application ( for admission to the College of Graduate Studies no later than the end of your junior year.
  2. Submit a personal statement that explains your career goals and reasons applying for the +1 program.
  3. Submit a letter from the M.Ed. graduate program director stating that he has agreed to serve as your faculty advisor for graduate work.
  4. Request two letters of recommendation (see step 1 for information about the online recommendation form), one of which must be from a Drury faculty member.
  5. Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, fulfill all M.Ed. admission requirements.

How do I get more information?

Dr. Asikaa Cosgrove, M.Ed. Director
(417) 873-7806

Dr. Regina Waters, College of Graduate Studies – Dean
(417) 873-7251