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.

200 Level Courses
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 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.

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. S/U grading. 

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.

PDEV 493: Senior Seminar. 1 hour.

Prerequisite: senior status.
This course offers senior-level undergraduate students the opportunity to explore various aspects of the working word and their role as professionals. This course takes students from a glimpse into self-assessment to the job search, applying strengths, life in the workplace, financial planning, and the path for continued career development so that students are well prepared to enter the professional world.