Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

About the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program

For post-baccalaureate students that did not earn a teacher certificate during their undergraduate studies, the average number of credit hours necessary to complete the teacher certificate program at Drury University is 45 credit hours. This varies depending on what undergraduate prerequisite courses the student needs to take before starting the professional education foundations courses that lead to a teacher certificate. Once admitted to the program, your academic advisor will do an audit of your transcripts and help you plan a sequence of classes. You can also contact the School of Education & Child Development before applying to the program to discuss what courses you'll need to take to complete the teacher certification program.

The teacher certifications available through Drury University are limited to the areas approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and by the Drury University Teacher Education Council.

The preparation of becoming a teacher requires an opportunity to apply theory and knowledge in the context of the school classroom situation if future teachers are to meet the challenging demands placed upon them by the pressure of contemporary society and the modern school. Teachers cannot be prepared in the isolation of the college classroom. The Drury University teacher certification program, although firmly rooted in the liberal arts tradition, is also grounded in a partnership with the public schools. Field experience and student teaching are required to complete the teacher certification program. Course credit is earned through field experience and student teaching that applies towards your certification.

Student teaching must be completed during the Fall Semester or the Spring Semester for a minimum of sixteen (16) weeks in an all-day placement during regular school hours. The student teaching placement must be in the subject area(s) and grade level for which initial teacher certification is sought under the direct supervision of the cooperating teacher.

Note: Many post-baccalaureate certification students also choose to complete a master's degree in education concurrently with the post-baccalaureate program of study. The principal advantage to this is that some graduate courses may count toward both programs, making your progression toward your educational goals even more efficient and cost-effective.

Areas of Certification

On the Springfield campus the following initial teacher certifications are offered for post-baccalaureate students:

On the Springfield campus, the following endorsements are offered (initial state certification required):

  • Special Reading (K-12)

The only completion program for teacher certification available at the St. Robert campus is Elementary Education (1-6).

Alternative Physical Education Certification 

The Alternative Physical Education Certification Program is designed for post-baccalaureate students seeking initial certification in K-12 Physical Education in the state of Missouri. To begin the program, the student must provide transcripts of any course taken at the baccalaureate level with a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.75. To qualify for the program, the student must possess a bachelor’s degree in a related content area and have passed the designated Missouri Content Assessment. The program includes all courses required for K-12 Physical Education certification including Field and Clinical Experiences. The culminating internship may be completed as a three credit hour course if the candidate has secured a provisional teaching certificate.

 The Alternative Physical Education Certification is a non-degree seeking program only and should be discussed in consultation with the School of Education and Child Development prior to course registration. Students may complete the certification requirements at either the undergraduate or graduate level.

Additional Information