About the CCPS Associate of Science in Foundations in Education
The university offers programs for the preparation of elementary and secondary teachers. Students intending to prepare for teaching should visit the School of Education and Child Development website.
The professional preparation of teachers at Drury University is grounded not only in the academic disciplines, but also in a partnership with public schools. As part of the professional preparation of teachers, students participate in a series of clinical experiences that begin as early as the freshman year and conclude in the senior year. Clinical experiences include assisting teachers in the public schools, field experiences related to areas of specialization, reading practicum and student teaching. These experiences allow Drury students to gain practical experiences working with special needs children as well as a wide variety of socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic groups.
The mission of professional education at Drury University is to:
- Develop liberally educated professionals who are highly effective teachers and instructional leaders within their respective disciplines and who are knowledgeable and skilled in the areas of child and adolescent development;
- Prepare educators who are proficient in the use of data collection and analysis techniques to ensure that all students, regardless of ability, diversity of background, or other individual differences, will reach their learning potential; and
- Add value to the lives of children of all ages and their families in rural and urban communities throughout the Ozarks’ region and beyond.
At Drury University, we seek to prepare teachers who go beyond technical competence of “what works.” We strive to nurture a disposition and personal commitment that calls for teachers to be reflective, thinking practitioners who have a vision of schools as places of energy, learning, creativity, commitment and decency for all children.
The moral and ethical insights of teaching are taught and these understandings are enculturated throughout the experiences related to the teacher education program. The opportunity to associate with other students and faculty through activities such as the Drury Student Teachers’ Association, Kappa Delta Pi, field experiences and university courses creates a texture of moral and ethical insights and values that foster and renew a high sense of purpose and vision for the teaching profession. The School of Education and Child Development at Drury University strives to create an environment in which persons identify with the teacher preparation program and work cooperatively to revitalize the profession.
Students preparing to enter the teacher education program must be formally admitted. The application for admission is available online. Normally such application is made when a student is enrolled in EDUC 205 Diversity and Social Justice in Education. Students may enroll in the following courses prior to formal admission to the teacher education program: EDUC 200, 205, 207, 212, 208, 302, 331, and 340. Students must be formally admitted before enrolling in additional courses in the teacher preparation program.
Associate of Science in Foundations in Education
The Associate of Science in Foundations in Education requires a minimum of 19 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is strongly recommended that students have completed one year of high school algebra or MATH 100 in order to be successful in this course. Development of the number systems — whole numbers through real numbers. Problem solving strategies, functions, elementary logic and set theory are included.
Principles and practice of effective oral communication. This course focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and informal presentations. Topics include ethics and public speaking, listening, research, analyzing and adapting to audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages, effective use of visual aids, and critically evaluating public address. The course emphasizes informative and persuasive speaking. Designed for students who seek to improve speaking and critical thinking skills.
This course provides an introduction to basic scientific terminology, biology, and chemistry. It is designed to prepare students for more rigorous science curriculum. Will not satisfy biology major requirements. General education requirement for non-science majors.