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Secondary Education

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Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) with a major in Secondary Education

B.S.E. web site (School of Education)


Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education prepares students for initial teacher certification at the secondary level. Graduates of the program will be learning leaders, student advocates, and reflective practitioners.


Program Requirements

To earn a bachelor's degree from Drake, students majoring in secondary education need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • 124 credit hours
  • Drake Curriculum (AOI) requirements
  • Professional education requirements
  • Teaching endorsement(s) requirements (at least one teaching endorsement is required; two are suggested)
  • Subject area minimum requirements for secondary education endorsements (30 credits)

Approved primary endorsement areas are available in the following areas (grade levels 5-12 unless otherwise noted):

  • All science (9-12)
  • All social studies
  • All language arts
  • All business
  • American history
  • American history/American government
  • American government
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth science
  • Basic science
  • English/ language arts
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Reading (5-12)
  • Sociology
  • Special Education Strategist II (K-12)
  • World history and world languages (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish)

Approved second endorsement areas are available in the following areas:

  • English as a second language (K-12)
  • Economics (5-12)
  • Coaching (K-12)
  • Gifted & Talented (K-12)
  • Middle school (5-8)
  • Special Education Strategist I (5-12)
  • STEM (5-8)

Specific requirements and program descriptions are available in the Teaching and Learning Department.  Other endorsement programs may become available.

To earn endorsement by Drake University for licensure in an endorsement, students must earn at least a "C" in all of the courses below.

Course Credit Hours
EDUC 001 - Introduction to Education (Optional) 1
EDUC 103 - Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 108 - Student Development and Learning Theory 3
SPED 120 - Introduction to Special Education 3
EDUC 111 - Education Planning and Assessment 3
EDUC 164 - Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
EDUC 108 - Student Development and Learning Theory 3
EDUC 132 - Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School 3
EDUC/MATH/STEM - Special Methods in Subject Area
EDUC 083 - Art Methods 3
EDUC 133 - Secondary Business Methods 2
EDUC 136 - Secondary Science Methods 3
EDUC 138 - Secondary Social Studies 2
EDUC 141 - Secondary Language Arts 2
EDUC 142 - Secondary Reading and Interdisciplinary Curriculum 3
EDUC 146 - World Language Methods 3
EDUC 150 - Secondary Reading Methods 3
MATH 145 - Secondary Math Methods 3
STEM 174 - Inquiry-Based Science and Safety 3
Endorsement Area Requirements
EDUC 167 - Instruction and Management Seminar 1
EDUC 168 - Student Teaching 11
EDUC 169 - Electronic Portfolio Seminar 1
Additional Requirements  
At least one course in MATH or STAT  
All InTASC Standards met at the PROFICIENT level  

Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following criteria to enroll in professional courses for Secondary Education:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Acceptable Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators composite score (Reading + Writing + Math) of 448 or higher
  • All InTASC Standards in EDUC 103, EDUC 108, EDUC 111, and SPED 120 met at the beginning level
  • A completed application and two checklist forms of recommendation, at least one from a School of Education teacher education faculty member
  • Successful background check

Specialization Options

Students have several options available for areas of specialization.  A few of these options include the following:

  • The School of Education supports an interdisciplinary concentration in Behavioral Analysis of Developmental Disabilities
  • An interdisciplinary concentration in leadership education and development (LEAD) is open to students in any academic major.  Visit the Leadership Education and Development Concentration website for more information.
  • The School of Education offers an Urban Education concentration.  Visit the Social Justice in Urban Education (SJUE) website for details.

Endorsement Options

An endorsement is a licensed area of specialization. There are many endorsements available at the secondary level. While only one endorsement is required to get a teaching license, two or more endorsements are recommended for maximizing students' flexibility and variety in their professional careers.

Endorsements (K-12)

  • Art
  • Coaching
  • ESL
  • Music
  • Talented and Gifted

Endorsements (5-12)

  • All Sciences
  • All Social Studies
  • American Government
  • American History
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Economics
  • English/Language Arts
  • English/Rhetoric/Theater
  • French
  • General Science
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Reading
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Communication/Theater
  • STEM
  • Theater/Rhetoric/English
  • World History

Endorsements (5-8)

  • Middle School
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