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Master of Science in Teaching (MST)

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Master of Science in Teaching (MST)

Program Description

The MST Program is designed for individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree outside of the field of Education and would like to become classroom teachers at the elementary level. Endorsements available at the elementary level are listed below:

  • Art
  • Early Childhood
  • English/Language Arts
  • ESL/ELL (K-12, 2nd endorsement only)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education (Instructional Strategist I: Mild and Moderate)
  • Talented and Gifted (2nd endorsement only)
  • Theater & Communications Studies
  • Unified (Early Childhood with emphasis on Special Education)

World Language Endorsements:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Other Endorsements: (May be added to Elementary or Secondary program)

  • K-12 Coaching
  • Middle School

Education students tailor the degree program to meet their professional goals under the mentorship of faculty who serve as academic advisors.

Admission Requirements (previous degrees, exams, etc)

Students entering the MST program must have an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher or a graduate grade of 3.0 or higher to be admitted.

Graduate courses from other institutions that meet the objectives of Drake courses can substituted for MST courses.

Students may take up to two courses OR 6 hours of graduate credit before admission to a graduate program. After two courses OR 6 hours, students must be admitted, or further registration will not be possible.

Students must pass one of the following appropriate tests to be admitted to a graduate program.

MAT – Miller’s Analogy Test (36 or 389 for master’s work; 43 or 400 is required for doctoral admission) OR
GRE – Graduate Record Exam (Verbal = 400 and Quantitative = 460
OR Minimum Analytical Writing score of 4.0; combined Verbal and Quantitative scores of 1000 for doctoral admission) OR
DWRT – Drake Writing Exam (criteria met); Drake Writing exam is not used for doctoral admission

In addition, students entering the MST program must pass the Praxis I test with scores of 171 or higher for Reading and Writing and 169 or higher for Math.

Student must have two professional references

Students must submit an application and fulfill any other programmatic requirements (see graduate admissions at /admission/graduate/requirements/soe.php).

Enrollment Validation occurs on the first day of class. The college/school Dean’s Office must be notified of any student who did not attend the first day of class or any student who has a special circumstance on the first day of class. Students not attending the first class will be dropped and may not re-add the class that semester.

Graduation Requirements

Number of Credit Hours required:
36 graduate credit hours and at least one endorsement must be completed to obtain an MST degree.

Required Courses:
Pre-Professional Coursework: (All INTASC Standards must be met at the “beginning” level)

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hrs

EDUC 203

Foundations of Education

(40-hour practicum required)


EDUC 208

Educational Psychology of Teaching & Learning


EDUC 261

Technology Integration in the Classroom


EDUC 264

Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender


SPED 220

Intro to Special Education


EDUC 83 or MUS 15 or EDUC 212

Intro to Art Education (graduate credit) or Intro to Music Education (undergraduate credit) or Arts Integration (graduate credit)


Elementary Methods Coursework: (All INTASC Standards must be met at the “developing” level)

EDUC 222

Curriculum & Pedagogy (15-hour practicum)


EDUC 223

Physical Education & Health in the Elementary School


EDUC 224

Children’s Literature


EDUC 225

Methods of Teaching Science (10-hour practicum)


EDUC 226

Methods of Teaching Math (10-hour practicum)


EDUC 228

Methods of Teaching Social Studies (10-hour practicum)


EDUC 237

Literacy Methods for Primary (K-3) (10-hour practicum)


EDUC 239

Literacy Methods for Intermediate (4-6) (10-hour practicum)


Student Teaching: (All INTASC Standards must be met at the “proficient” level)

EDUC 265

Instruction & Management in the Elementary Grades


EDUC 266

Student Teaching Practicum, Elementary


EDUC 269

ePortfolio Seminar for Student Teaching (a graduate level capstone essay is required for MST students)


Additional Coursework: (an endorsement is not currently required but is highly recommended for all MST students)

  • Other Requirements (experiential, exams, thesis, etc.)
    Acceptance to Teacher Education, completed candidacy petition form, and successful completion of practicums and INTASC Standards at the proficient level with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Any limitations and special policies (eg., gpa requirement, or requirements that students take certain courses at Drake):

GPA: Maintain a 3.0 or higher


All undergraduate endorsement courses must be completed with a “C” or better.

Only 12 hours of graduate work may be transferred.

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.

All MST students must take either Praxis II-10011 OR 10014 in order to gain elementary certification in Iowa.

In keeping with Drake School of Education policies, all Student Teaching placements will be within the Des Moines metro area only.

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Admission Calendar

Apply Now - Application for Fall 2016 & Fall 2017

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August 29 - First day of Fall 2016 semester

October 1 - FAFSA available for Fall 2017

October 10 - Campus Preview Day

Mid-October - Application & scholarship review begins for Fall 2017 students

November 14 - Campus Preview Day