Professional Development Course Descriptions

These courses do not incur course overload fees. Read more information on how these courses are integrated into the Leadership Drury Certificate Program.

100 Level Courses
PDEV 121: Personal Finance. 1 hour.

Practical instruction in financial skills and literacy, including personal credit and debt management, managing money for college, managing money for retirement and financial issues related to employment.

PDEV 125: Healthy Cooking. 1 hour.

This course will provide students with simple, healthy meal and snack options to arm them with the knowledge to cook and eat healthy for a lifetime. This course will serve as a mandatory course for the Wellness Certificate.

PDEV 135: Stress Free Living. 1 hour.

This course will provide students with valuable tips and techniques on relaxation and stress management. This course will serve as a mandatory course for the Wellness Certificate.

PDEV 150: Community Outreach I. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: PDEV 125PDEV 135, and EXSP 220. 
Students will provide community outreach through activities with surrounding area public/private schools and health/wellness businesses. Students will engage in observation and assistance with wellness education.

PDEV 151: Community Outreach II. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: PDEV 150
Students will provide community outreach through activities with surrounding area public/private schools and health/wellness businesses. Students will engage in teaching and directing wellness education.

200 Level Courses
PDEV 200: Introduction to Global Leadership & Sustainability. 3 hours.

This course furthers the discussion of student leadership theory with the statement “Let’s change the world.” To develop a personal philosophy of global leadership, student leaders will be mindful of the role of diversity of our increasingly multi-cultural society and the manner in which issues of environment and sustainability relate to global leadership. 

PDEV 205: Study Abroad for Engaged Learning. 0 hours.

Students who study abroad sign up for this course in order to get credit for Engaged Learning. S/U grading.

PDEV 250: Curricular Service Learning. 0 hours.

This is a 0 credit hour course that will be a co-requisite for any course that has been approved by the CORE Council as a Service Learning CourseS/U grading.

PDEV 260: Co-Curricular Service Learning. 0 hours.

This is a 0 credit hour course that students will take in conjunction with an activity that meets the criteria for Engaged Learning, as approved by the CORE Council. S/U grading.

PDEV 271: Summit Park Leadership Community Level I. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: Permission from Dean of Students. 
Experiential learning course focused on the principles of leadership and incorporating the value of community service with a group service?learning project. Class topics will focus around team leadership with emphasis in the areas of life skills, financial planning, career planning, creating community, diversity and academic skills. Offered fall semester. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PDEV 272: Summit Park Leadership Community Level II. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: PDEV 271 and permission from Dean of Students. 
Experiential learning course focused on the principles of leadership and incorporating the value of community service with a group service-learning project. Class topics will focus around team leadership with emphasis in the areas of life skills, financial planning, career planning, creating community, diversity and communication skills. Offered spring semester. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PDEV 281: Leadership and the Individual. 1 hour.

Leadership and the Individual answers the question, “Who am I?” In this course, student-leaders will investigate and self-reflect on personal strengths and challenges in leadership. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development.

PDEV 282: Leadership and Team Dynamics. 1 hour.

Leadership and Team Dynamics answers the question, “How can we make a difference?” In this course, student?leaders will seek to understand personality style and how it relates to group effectiveness. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development.

PDEV 283: Leadership and the Community. 1 hour.

Leadership and the Community answers the question, “Who are you in relation to the community?” In this course, student-leaders will explore community?based resources and nonprofit agencies in the greater Springfield community. As a leader in the community, how can we better utilize these resources? A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PDEV 284: Leadership and the World. 1 hour.

Leadership and the World culminates the discussion of student leadership theory with the statement, “Let’s change the world!” In this course, student-leaders will consider social responsibility and develop a personal philosophy of global leadership. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PDEV 286: Career/Life Planning. 2 hours.

Career/Life Planning uses a systematic approach to self-assessment, career research, goal-setting and implementation of a career development plan. Students will learn specific skills, research knowledge, and information upon completing the course objectives and activities.

PDEV 289: Introduction to Leadership Development. 3 hours.

In this class, students will study leadership and how it relates to the individual, the team and the community. The interdependent relationship between leaders, followers, and creating positive change will be considered. Students will investigate their personal strengths and challenges in leadership, seek to understand how leadership relates to group effectiveness, and explore community issues and local resources. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development. This course includes a service-learning project.

PDEV 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

PDEV 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research. 1-12 hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
PDEV 300: MCAT Prep. 1 hour.

This course helps pre-med students prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The course review materials, practice passages, and practice tests will be included with the course.

PDEV 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship. Varies hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options.

400 Level Courses
PDEV 465: Supervised Undergraduate Teaching. 1-3 hours.

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  
Student instructors will assist in many phases of teaching an undergraduate course and must attend all sessions of their assigned class. Responsibilities may include teaching selected topics, facilitating review sessions, serving as laboratory mentors and providing general assistance to the professor of record.

PDEV 466: Supervised Undergraduate Teaching II. 1-3 hours.

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  
Following the completion of PDEV 465, students may be invited to serve as a teaching assistant for a second time. Responsibilities may include teaching special topics, serving as a laboratory mentor, or providing general assistance to the professor of record.