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Secondary 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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Grades 9-12

The secondary education major and Teacher Education Program produces some of the best and well-rounded secondary teachers in the State of Missouri. Students complete a core of professional education courses as well as specialized work related to their area of teacher certification. The objective of the program is to strengthen both the content knowledge and the ability of the teacher to help students learn.

Drury University is located across the street from Central High School, one of the most racially and culturally diverse secondary schools in southwest Missouri. Approximately 20 percent of Central High School students are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme and approximately 20 percent are non-white, making Central High School an excellent environment for field experiences. Drury University and Central High School are also partners in the Yale University Comer School Development Program with the result that Central High School is recognized as one of the most outstanding secondary schools in southwest Missouri (Central ranked first in the Springfield School District for the average score on the ACT).

The secondary education curriculum consists of the Drury Fusion Curriculum, education courses and content area courses required for the major and state certification.

The secondary education major requires a minimum of 46 credit hours of education coursework.

Foundations of Teaching (15 hrs.) 

EDUC 200: Technology in the Classroom
3 credit hours

This is an introductory course in educational technology. Candidates will learn how educational technologies can be applied to enhance teacher effectiveness and assist students in reaching learning objectives. Candidates will develop foundational skills in the evaluation, selection and use of technologies according to best practices and educational theories.

EDUC 205: Diversity and Social Justice in Education
3 credit hours

This course focuses on issues of diversity, oppression and social justice. It is designed to prepare pre-service teachers to be knowledgeable of biases based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, social and economic status, political ideology, disability and how these contribute to discrimination and oppression. Students will learn about diverse cultures, family structures, roles, immigration and assimilation experiences of marginalized groups. Students will also learn about the influence of dominant culture on these diverse and marginalized groups. Additionally, this course will examine the adaptive capabilities and strengths of these marginalized groups and how such capabilities and strengths can be used in effective educational settings. The course will assist pre-service teachers in understanding the complex nature and dynamics of social oppression, diversity and social functioning. Students will explore their own personal beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to effectively interact in educational settings with people of diverse backgrounds, in particular, disadvantaged and oppressed persons. Themes included justice, suffering, the role of the government, poverty, and society’s response to them. Initiatives and response of both secular and faith-based groups to injustices in the past (e.g. Civil Rights, abolitionism), will be examined.

EDUC 207: Psychology of Human Growth and Development
3 credit hours

A study of the process of human development from conception through adolescence with particular emphasis on development during the elementary school, middle school and high school age periods of growth and development. The course will emphasize the contemporary research, theory and findings in the areas of cognitive, emotional and physical development with a focus on psychological processes and structures and their implications for the educational process.

EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Behavioral science majors: PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 205 and EDUC 207. This course is designed to introduce different theories and principles of development, learning, motivation and assessment of student learning. The major emphasis in this course is on how to apply these principles in classroom practice in both typical and multicultural settings. Normally taken in the second semester of the sophomore or junior year.

EDUC 340: Education of the Exceptional Child
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205. This course surveys all areas of exceptionality. It is designed to help the prospective teacher identify and understand the problems of students with atypical learning patterns.

Teaching Methods (17 hrs.)

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
3 credit hours

 Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education program. This course recognizes the need to support the learning of all students and will expose undergraduate-level students to the challenges and issues, and experiences faced by students from groups identified by race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, exceptionalities, sexual identity, religion, and culture.

EDUC 361: Collaborative Classroom Environments
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. This course is designed to maintain positive classroom environments by acquainting students with concepts and techniques of behavioral interventions; practical applications of behavior management techniques is emphasized. Students will learn how to design learning environments that are inclusive for all students.

EDUC 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, and formal admission to teacher education program. A three-credit hour course designed to acquaint candidates with the role of literacy at the secondary level. Emphasis is placed on factors which influence literacy and learning from content-specific text material as well as the acquisition and refinement of associated teaching practices. This course will include reviewing current research regarding adolescent literacy; implementing best practices to foster constructive literacy skills; and integrating literacy, writing, and study skills into secondary school content areas.

EDUC 385: Secondary School Curriculum
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. Students study principles of instruction and curriculum development. They create courses, units, micro-tech and prepare learning situations utilizing different teaching strategies.

EDUC 475: Review for Teacher Certification Examinations
0 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to teacher education program. A course designed to review and synthesize the skills and content knowledge related to the various fields of teacher certification including analysis and techniques for solving problems on teacher certification examinations. Attempting the appropriate state-determined content exam(s) is required for approval to student teach, so only those students who do not pass the state-determined content exam(s) will be administratively enrolled in the course. Offered each semester and summer session. S/U Grading. Taken concurrently with EDUC 476 or EDUC 478.

EDUC 331: Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302. This course will include strategies for teaching subject matter to utilize and further develop functional reading. Methodology of teaching reading skills, vocabulary development in specific subject areas and study skills will be included.

EDUC - Discipline Specific Teaching Methods (2 hrs.)
For more information, refer to the section on methods courses related to specific teaching areas.

Clinical and Field Experiences (14 hrs.) 

EDUC 208: Introductory Practicum
1 credit hours

Introductory Practicum is a field-based course that provides students principles of effective teaching practices. Students in the course work under the joint direction and supervision of a practicing teacher with knowledge of elementary, middle, or secondary education. Participation in four seminars is required. S/U Grading.

EDUC 212: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
0 credit hours

This course provides students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission to the teacher education program at Drury University. In addition, the course focuses on the general expectations of the program in terms of professional dispositions, background checks, electronic portfolio and other candidate assessments, design of lesson plans and the three levels of clinical and internship experiences. Students learn how to access university resources and supports and develop an understanding of the roles of faculty, staff, advisors and administrators. This course must be taken concurrently with EDUC 208 in the first semester of the education program. S/U Grading.

EDUC 303: Secondary Education Field Experience I
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302, formal admission to teacher education program. A clinical experience required of secondary education majors prior to enrollment in student teaching. S/U grading.

EDUC 478: Student Teaching-Secondary
10 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Completion of all appropriate methods courses and approval of the Teacher Education CouncilObservation and supervised teaching at the secondary school level (grades 9-12). Taken concurrently with EDUC 475 if a passing state content assessment score is not obtained. Course fee required.

EDUC 480: Student Teaching Support Seminar
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. This course is designed to provide both professional and personal support during a teacher candidate’s student teaching experience. Teacher candidates will engage in discussion and assignments related to lesson planning, assessment, classroom management, communication, and collaboration in their student teaching environment. Guidance in professional development and career planning will be provided. Taken concurrently with EDUC 476, EDUC 477 or EDUC 478. S/U grading.

Students seeking Missouri state certification in a secondary education content field must complete the required courses for that academic major. The required courses that meet graduation and state certification requirements can be acquired from the School of Education and Child Development and/or the content area department (i.e., art, biology, chemistry, communication, English, French, history, math, physics, Spanish, theatre).

Certification Area Drury Major
Art K-12 Fine Arts
Biology 9-12 Biology
Chemistry 9-12 Chemistry
English 9-12 English
French K-12 French
Social Science 9-12 History - Secondary Education Track
Journalism 9-12 Multimedia Production and Journalism
Mathematics 9-12 Mathematics Education
Music - Instrumental/Vocal K-12 Music Education
Physics 9-12 Physics
Spanish K-12 Spanish
Speech/Theatre 9-12 Organizational & Leadership Communication OR Theatre

The Secondary Education Major may have free electives remaining to meet the graduation requirement of at least 124 hours.

Recommended education-specific electives are provided below for those who wish to deepen their understanding of special education.

Recommended Electives

EDUC 368: Introduction to Evaluation and Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 302. This course will include an overview of varied assessment methods, procedures, and tools. Students will review administration and interpretation procedures for formal and informal assessments used in the evaluative processed for identifying education disabilities of school-age students. Psychometric principles of assessment will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on developing knowledge and skills related to assessment across domains including social, communication, academic, cognitive, and adaptive. Students will participate in application activities to include the review of case history data and collection of data to apply to the development of evaluation plans. Students will demonstrate professional dispositions related to the ethics of testing and practice using assessment data to design and execute educational programming. Roles of multidisciplinary team members will be discussed including general educators, special educators, administrators, students, and family members. Supporting the assessment needs of diverse learners to include individuals with disabilities and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds will be emphasized.

EDUC 369: Introduction to Mild/Mod Disabilities
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 340. The physical, psychological, social, and educational characteristics of school-age children with mild/moderate disabilities will be reviewed in this course. In addition, Federal and State criteria for identification of categorical disabilities as well as supporting legal mandates will be reviewed. Students will learn strategies for differentiation of instruction, approaches for integrating these students into regular education classrooms, and methods for collaborating with other educators to identify and address the needs of students with disabilities. Course content will also address assessment procedures and practices used to identify children with disabilities and monitor their performance across academic settings. Students will complete applied activities and discussions, case analyses, and literature reviews.

EDUC 357: Families of Exceptional Learners
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 340. Children learn best when close cooperation exists between school and home. For children with learning problems, it is all the more necessary for skills learned in school to be reinforced in the home. This course will include the study of legal aspects specific to working with families of children with exceptionalities including the rights of families. In addition, requirements will include researching and reporting on effective practices and resources to support families and their children. Objectives and assignments will address the effects of exceptionalities on children’s learning and on family dynamics. The impact of primary language, culture, and familial backgrounds on children’s academic and social abilities, their attitudes, values, interests, and career options will be examined. Students will review techniques for advocacy and collaboration with families and others who are involved in students’ educational programs.

Students seeking Missouri state certification in a secondary education content field must complete the required courses for that academic major. The required courses that meet graduation and state certification requirements can be acquired from the School of Education and Child Development and/or the content area department (i.e., art, biology, chemistry, communication, English, French, history, math, physics, Spanish, theatre).

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 online.

Students are required to use the program of study found at to fulfill 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 stakeholders 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).

Post-Baccalaureate 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. Students may view the required coursework of the Alternative Physical Education Certification at