Graduate Education Degree Programs

Drury University's School of Education and Child Development is Missouri's longest standing accredited teacher preparation program. The underlying philosophy of our graduate education program is that teachers, administrators/leaders, and those in the field of human services need professional development, which links current research and theories to best practices in their respective fields.

Program Format

The School of Education's graduate degrees consist of 36 credit hours (programs leading to teacher certification may require more). Some programs (indicated below) can be completed 100% online, but we offer a selection of seated, blended and online courses in 16-week and 8-week formats to provide flexible options for students. Applicants are welcome from any undergraduate discipline: A bachelor's degree in education is not required for entry.


The elementary education program and specific secondary content areas at Drury University are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The professional education unit has been approved by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The elementary education program is also approved by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).

Graduate Education Programs Leading to State Certification

Graduate Education Programs

Note that DESE certification requirements mean that graduate education degrees do not result in teacher certification on their own. Post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs are offered as a standalone route to certification or to be completed concurrently with an M.Ed. degree. Contact us to discuss your options.

All graduate degree program requirements must be completed within seven calendar years (including transfer work) after the student has begun graduate-level work.

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