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Master of Science in Education: Effective Teaching, Learning and Leadership

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Master of Science in Education: Effective Teaching, Learning and Leadership

The Master of Science in Education in Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development is a unique non-thesis masters degree designed for the professional whose career goal is to remain in the classroom as a master teacher. The program pairs a solid academic core designed to enhance teaching and learning with earning another endorsement or studying in an area of specialization. It is aligned with National Board Standards and Iowa Teaching Standards.

Masters students are trained in the skills of teaching, become knowledgeable regarding the various models of effective teaching, and utilize the research, leadership and dissemination techniques necessary to serve as a teacher/researcher or teacher/leader. Graduates of the program could expect to assume the role of "master teacher, "mentor," or "supervising teacher." The program is designed for any certified elementary, middle school or secondary teacher to continue to improve teaching skills.

In response to the increasingly diverse and globally changing educational landscape, the Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development program utilizes learning communities that explore and extend relevant professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The program emphasizes instructional inquiry in a culturally responsive manner leading to the development of global literacy skills. Graduates of the program will become:

  1. Instructional Leaders who
    1. Design and implement curriculum
    2. Demonstrate resourcefulness through the use of applied research skills
    3. Promote collaboration by participating in various levels of professional learning communities
    4. Exhibit advanced content knowledge and pedagogical skill
  2. "Assessment for Learning" Teacher who
    1. Examine and analyze data for pedagogical improvement
    2. Apply assessment data for decision-making
    3. Use a variety of formative assessments for learning
    4. Design, develop, and implement approaches for collaborative individual inquiry
  3. Culturally-Responsive Teachers who
    1. Use "difference" as an educational asset
    2. Demonstrate cultural self-awareness, continuous self-reflection, and efficacy in a global aspect connected to 21st century skills
    3. Explore community context -- political, social, economic, legal, and cultural
  4. Teaching Professionals who
    1. Engage in personal and professional development
    2. Exhibit relevant technical and presentation skills
    3. Utilize adult learning theory when appropriate

Admission Requirements: (previous degrees, exams, etc)

Students entering the MSE program should have a teaching license and/or have association with classroom learning experiences. They should also have a bachelor's degree in education with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Graduate courses from other institutions that meet the objectives of Drake courses can substituted for Drake courses. Please consult the program advisor about transfer credits.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Number of Credit Hours required:

    32 Credit Hours
  • Required Courses:

    Of the 32 credit hours required, 17 credit hours are in the core masters coursework that provides the foundations of the degree. Courses must be taken in sequence.

    Core Courses

EDUC 214 Contemporary Issues in Education
EDUC 215 Learning Communities and Professional Communication
EDUC 216 Methods and Models of Teaching Effectiveness
EDUC 201 Educational Research
EDUC 217 Assessment for Learning
EDUC 219 Professional Development and Learning Communities

Areas of Specialization
The remaining coursework in the maters degree comes from an area of specialization of the student's choice.

  • Advanced Studies in Education Concentration- elementary or secondary
    • EDMA 199 Managing the Leadership Environment
    • EDMA 197 Research Supported Approaches to Math
    • EDMA 196 Balanced Literacy for Learning
    • EDMA 198 Project based Learning: Literacy in Content Area
    • EDMA 195 Balanced Assessment
    • 4 Hours Elective Credit
  • Curriculum Leadership Concentration- elementary or secondary
    • EDUC 276 Curriculum Design & Development
    • EDUC 279 Curriculum Leadership & Consulting
    • 9 Hours Elective Credit
  • Social Justice in Urban Education Concentration- elementary or secondary
    • EDCU 281 Educating Children in Urban Settings: Part 1 Classroom Perspectives
    • EDUC 282 Educating Children in Urban Settings: Part 2 Policy Perspectives
    • EDUC 283 Urban Education: An Interdisciplinary Concept
    • EDUC 284 Practicum (1-3 hours)
    • 3-5 Hours Elective Credit
  • Endorsement (choose one of the following)
    • All Science - secondary
    • All Social Studies - secondary
    • American History - secondary
    • American History/American Government - secondary
    • Art - elementary or secondary
    • Biology - secondary
    • Chemistry - secondary
    • Coaching (K-12) elementary or secondary
    • Early Childhood - elementary
    • Earth Science - secondary
    • Economics - secondary
    • English/Language Arts - elementary or secondary
    • English/Rhetoric/Theater - secondary
    • ESL/ELL - elementary or secondary
    • French - secondary
    • General Business - secondary
    • General Science - secondary
    • German - secondary
    • Gifted and Talented - elementary or secondary (offered online!)
    • History - elementary
    • Journalism - secondary
    • Mathematics - elementary or secondary
    • Middle School - elementary or secondary (offered online!)
    • Physical Science - secondary
    • Physics - secondary
    • Reading - elementary or secondary
    • Reading Professional - elementary or secondary
    • Reading Specialist - elementary or secondary
    • Science - elementary
    • Social Studies - elementary
    • Spanish - secondary
    • Special Education - elementary or secondary
    • Theater and Communication Studies - elementary
    • Unified (Early Childhood with emphasis on Special Education) - elementary
    • World History - secondary
  • Other Requirements (experiential, exams, thesis, etc.)
  • Complete and submit a Drake Graduate Admission Application.
  • Submit the $25.00 application fee (prior applicants who have previously paid the fee are not required to do so again)
  • Submit official transcripts for ALL undergraduate and graduate coursework from EVERY institution attended (even if a degree was not received and/or the information appears on another transcript). Please request all transcripts be sent directly from the institutions to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address below. Drake transcripts do not need to be requested.
  • Submit current professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Submit a brief, typed explanation of what program you intend to pursue and why. (Applicants to the Master of Science in Education in Education Leadership, Specialist in Education in Education Leadership, Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science in Rehabilitation Administration and Master of Science in Rehabilitation Placement programs, please see Program Specific Requirements below.)
  • Achieve the following Grade Point Average (GPA) criteria*
    • Undergraduate GPA = 2.50 (cumulative)
    • Graduate GPA = 3.00 (cumulative), if applicable
      *Students who do not meet the above mentioned GPA requirements may contact the Office of Graduate Admission for additional information.
  • Submission of two (2) professional letters of recommendation (READ CAREFULLY)
    • For all SOE applicants, other than those applying to the Education Leadershipprograms**, letters should be submitted on the recommendation form that is availablefor printing at (PLEASE PRINT AND SIGN THIS FORM AND MAIL IT TO THE OFFICE OF GRADUATE ADMISSION AT DRAKEUNIVERSITY).Individuals familiar with the applicant's professional/academicachievement and/or scholarly work should submit letters.They should speak to thepotential success of the applicant in a graduate program.
  • Testing Requirementoptions:There are three testing options available to applicants.Only one of the three tests listed below needs to be completed successfully to satisfy the testing requirement. Test scores must be from within the last 5 years. The testing requirement is not required for endorsement-only programs of less than 12 credit hours.
    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - Minimum Required Scores:
      Verbal = 400 and Quantitative = 460
      Minimum Analytical Writing score of 4.0
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) - Minimum Required Score of 36 if the test was taken prior to October 1, 2004 or a score of 389 if the test was taken after October 1, 2004.
    • Drake Writing Competency Test (DWRT) - Achievement of acceptable results from the Drake Writing Competency Test administered and developed by the School of Education.
  • Any limitations and special policies (eg., gpa requirement, or requirements that students take certain courses at Drake):
  • GPA: Maintain a 3.0 or higher
  • Courses must be completed with a “C” or better; the cumulative grade point, however, must be a 3.0 or better.
  • Only 10 hours of graduate work may be transferred in from an accredited university.
  • Transfer and endorsement courses must be advisor approved.
  • Courses transferred in are transferred as TR (no grade) and do not effect the Drake GPA.
  • Transferred coursework must be at a B level or better.
  • Transfer credits earned before admission are counted on the following scale:
    • Courses taken 0-5 years before admission are transferred in as full credit.
    • Courses taken 6-10 years before admission are transferred in as ½ credit.
    • Courses over 10 years old are not accepted.
  • Courses that are accepted must relate to the program of study.
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