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About the CCPS Bachelors of Science in Middle School Education

The middle school education majors are designed for undergraduate students seeking initial certification in grades 5-9 in the state of Missouri. The programs include all content courses required for middle school  certification including Field and Clinical Experiences.

Majors can be completed in the following programs: 


Middle School Science Education 

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 education process.

EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Behavioral Science majors: PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 205 and EDUC 207This 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.

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 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 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 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 331: Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 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 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 379: Middle School Philosophy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. This course provides an understanding of the philosophy, history, structure, and future direction of the middle level education, as well as how those topics relate to the characteristics of the adolescent. Topics include an overview of curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate for middle level education. These topics also consider culturally diverse populations and special needs students.

EDUC 383: Middle School Curriculum and Instruction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. Candidates will examine education programs appropriate for students in late childhood and early adolescence. The course will review and evaluate curriculum, instruction and organization associated with middle schools. Curricular and instructional programs designed especially for pre-adolescent youth will be examined and contrasted with other levels of education. Distinctive physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of the middle school student will be researched.

EDUC 350: Methods of Teaching the Biological and Physical Sciences
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302 and formal admission to the teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching. A course adapted to the needs of those preparing to teach the natural sciences in the public schools at the middle school and high school levels. Offered fall semester.

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 or in the first semester of the education program. S/U Grading.

EDUC 213: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
0 credit hours

This course provides transfer students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission into 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 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 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 477: Student Teaching - Middle School
10 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of all appropriate methods courses and approval of the Teacher Education Council and supervised teaching at the middle school level (grades 5-9). 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.

Required Content Courses (26 hrs.)

BIOL 102: General Biology
4 credit hours

This course will provide students with an overview of biology from cellular structure to classification of organisms. This course will also introduce basic ecological principles.

CHEM 107: General Chemistry I
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: MATH 109. Development of the modern concepts dealing with the behavior of matter, kinetic theory, atomic theory, chemical bonding and periodic classification. Three lectures and one laboratory period. Held only on Springfield campus and St. Robert campus.

PHYS 100: Earth Science
3 credit hours

The earth in space, its atmosphere, oceans and the development of landforms by geologic agents. The course objective is to develop awareness of the physical processes that have and will shape the earth and of humanity’s effect on these processes.

PHYS 100-L: Earth Science Laboratory
1 credit hours

Introduction to igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and minerals. Principles and interpretation of geologic and topographic maps. Introduction to fossils.

PHYS 110: Elementary Astronomy
3 credit hours

Study of the physical principles describing the evolution of the universe including the stars, the solar system and galaxies. Each student will be given the opportunity to make observations through one of the department’s telescopes.

PHYS 111: Physical Science
3 credit hours

This course is designed to give the non-science major an understanding of the methods and significance of the physical sciences by concentrating on selected topics from physics and astronomy. Three hours lecture/demonstrations per week.

PHYS 111-L: Physical Science Laboratory
1 credit hours

Co-requisite: PHYS 111. A lab to complement Physical Science.

PHYS 200: Environmental Geoscience
4 credit hours

A study of the interrelationship between humans and the physical environment. The course will focus on natural resources, soils, hydrology and water supplies, erosional processes, karst landscapes, land use planning and geologic map interpretation. Includes laboratory. Field work required.

PHYS 201: Principles of Physics
4 credit hours

The principles of mechanics, heat, sound and electricity are presented in this one-semester, non-calculus course. The workshop format-integrated lecture with laboratory-emphasizes experiment, data collection, analysis and group work. Not intended for biology, chemistry or physics majors. Offered fall semester.

Required Content Courses (27 hrs.) 

Reading Literature & Informational Text (18 hrs.)

ENGL 200: Literature Matters
3 credit hours

One of three foundational courses for majors and potential majors in English, Literature Matters introduces students to a central set of problems in contemporary literary studies (for example, Identity and Empire, Shakespeare to Ondaatje). The course includes important canonical works as well as neglected or emerging writers. There is a focus on how to read and understand literature; how reading and writing literature influence identity, meaning, and value; and how to develop strategies for reading, discussing, and writing about literary works. Attention is also given to narrative structure. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. Offered spring semester. May be repeated when topics vary.

ENGL 202: British Literature II: Nineteenth Century through the Present
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to major writings from the past 200 years of British writing, with particular attention to close- reading and appreciation. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.

ENGL 203: American Literature I: 1620-1865
3 credit hours

Students become familiar with major writings from pre-Civil War American culture, with "flashbacks" to colonial American literature. This course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.

ENGL 204: American Literature II: 1865-1980
3 credit hours

This course introduces students to major texts of late-nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with particular attention to modernist and postmodernist writing.

ENGL 301: Theory and Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CCPS-ENGL 150. DAY-None. This course introduces students to advanced research skills in literary studies. It focuses upon the central questions in literary studies and provides students with the critical and theoretical background to make sense of these questions.

ENGL 317: African-American Literature
3 credit hours

The backgrounds of African-American culture in African and Caribbean literatures, as well as the history of black American literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with focus on the contemporary scene.


Middle School Language Arts Education

Education Courses (49 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 education process.

EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Behavioral Science majors: PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 205 and EDUC 207This 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.

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 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 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 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 331: Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 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 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 379: Middle School Philosophy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. This course provides an understanding of the philosophy, history, structure, and future direction of the middle level education, as well as how those topics relate to the characteristics of the adolescent. Topics include an overview of curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate for middle level education. These topics also consider culturally diverse populations and special needs students.

EDUC 383: Middle School Curriculum and Instruction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. Candidates will examine education programs appropriate for students in late childhood and early adolescence. The course will review and evaluate curriculum, instruction and organization associated with middle schools. Curricular and instructional programs designed especially for pre-adolescent youth will be examined and contrasted with other levels of education. Distinctive physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of the middle school student will be researched.

EDUC 446: Methods of Teaching Secondary English
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207,and EDUC 302 and formal admission to the teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching. Units related to methods of teaching the middle school and high school student the novel, poetry and short story, and a unit on methods of teaching writing and grammar will be included. Teaching of writing unit fulfills one semester hour credit toward completion requirement for certification in English.

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 or in the first semester of the education program. S/U Grading.

EDUC 213: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
0 credit hours

This course provides transfer students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission into 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 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 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 477: Student Teaching - Middle School
10 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of all appropriate methods courses and approval of the Teacher Education Council and supervised teaching at the middle school level (grades 5-9). 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.

Writing & Researching (6 hrs.) 

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CCPS-ENGL 150. Day-None. Expository Writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another’s writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice, and audience.

ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CCPS-ENGL 150. DAY-None
Students learn techniques for and practice in writing fiction. The course focuses on student workshops.

Language & Conventions (3 hrs.)

ENGL 253: Grammar and Style
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CCPS-ENGL 150. DAY-none. Students intensively investigate modern English grammar and usage. The course acquaints students with models of understanding and teaching grammar and with opportunities for experimenting with a variety of styles.


Middle School Social Science Education

Education Courses (49 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 education process.

EDUC 302: Educational Psychology and Assessment
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Behavioral Science majors: PSYC 230; Education majors: EDUC 205 and EDUC 207This 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.

EDUC 304: Teaching in Diverse Classrooms
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: 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 308: Secondary Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 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 331: Content Area Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDUC 205EDUC 207EDUC 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 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 379: Middle School Philosophy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. This course provides an understanding of the philosophy, history, structure, and future direction of the middle level education, as well as how those topics relate to the characteristics of the adolescent. Topics include an overview of curriculum and instructional strategies appropriate for middle level education. These topics also consider culturally diverse populations and special needs students.

EDUC 383: Middle School Curriculum and Instruction
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Formal admission to the teacher education program. Candidates will examine education programs appropriate for students in late childhood and early adolescence. The course will review and evaluate curriculum, instruction and organization associated with middle schools. Curricular and instructional programs designed especially for pre-adolescent youth will be examined and contrasted with other levels of education. Distinctive physical, emotional, social, and intellectual needs of the middle school student will be researched.

EDUC 384: Methods of Teaching Secondary Social Studies and Economics
2 credit hours

Prerequisites: EDUC 205, EDUC 207, EDUC 302 and formal admission to the teacher education program. Must be taken prior to student teaching. A methods course that prepares students to teach secondary social studies. Course will include a study of the social studies curriculum at the middle school and high school levels, lesson planning, simulation games, value clarification, inquiry approach to teaching, materials and textbooks. Offered fall semester.

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 or in the first semester of the education program. S/U Grading.

EDUC 213: Professional Preparation for the Field of Teacher Education
0 credit hours

This course provides transfer students with the essential information necessary to pursue admission into 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 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 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 477: Student Teaching - Middle School
10 credit hours

Prerequisite: Completion of all appropriate methods courses and approval of the Teacher Education Council and supervised teaching at the middle school level (grades 5-9). 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.

Required Content Courses (27 hrs.) 

American History (12 hrs.) 

HIST 101: United States History to 1865
3 credit hours

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the time of Columbus to the Civil War. Offered fall semester.

HIST 102: United States History, 1865 to Present
3 credit hours

A broad survey of the major political and social developments from the Civil War to the present. Offered spring semester.

HIST 320: The American Revolution
3 credit hours

This course examines the revolutionary origins of America and its transition into a new nation. Topics include the experiences of soldiers, the transformation of politics, and the social revolution that followed war. Changes for Native Americans, African Americans, and women will also be examined as well as the global implications of the Revolution, and its influence on future anti-colonial rebellions.

HIST 330: The American Civil War
3 credit hours

The causes, nature and consequences of the Civil War; emphasis placed on political and social interpretations of the war as well as its military events.

World History (6 hrs.) 

HIST 107: World History to 1500
3 credit hours

A survey of world history with a focus on the nature of changes in global frameworks and their causes and consequences, as well as comparisons among major societies. It emphasizes relevant factual knowledge, leading interpretive issues, and skills in analyzing types of historical evidence.

HIST 108: World History from 1500
3 credit hours

A broad survey of world history from 1500 to present. Exploration of various modern world cultures with a focus on connections and conflicts between them.

Geography (3 hrs.)

HIST 111: Geographical History
3 credit hours

A study of various ways to examine the connection between geography and history-how geography has affected and been shaped by historical developments, including but not limited to physical, political, cultural, and environmental elements. Specific attention will be placed on how the movements of people and human-environmental interactions impact ecosystems and cultures.

Government (3 hrs.) 

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
3 credit hours

Introduction to the theories, constitutional bases, functions and government structures of the U.S. political system in relation to the global political environment. Emphasis on national politics and linkages with state, local and international governments, including an emphasis on Missouri and current issues in domestic and foreign policy.

Economics (3 hrs.) 

ECON 211: Principles of Macroeconomics
3 credit hours

An introduction to the theories that explain the performance of the overall economy. The course will explore the determination of the level of employment, output and the price level; the monetary and banking systems; problems and policies of economic instability, inflation and growth and principles of economic development; other economic systems.