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Master of Science in Teaching

Maybe you dream of being a teacher, or want to pursue a career that would allow you to give back to the community. The Master of Science in Teaching (MST) program will help you transition into the field of education.

The degree program is designed for individuals who hold undergraduate degrees in a field outside of education, but would like to obtain teaching certification at the elementary level (K-8). Drake's program is one of a small number of programs that allows you to get an elementary teaching certificate at the master's degree level. (If you are interested in teaching at high school level, you should consider the Master of Arts in Teaching program.)

This part-time program is designed to meet the needs of working professionals. The majority of courses required for the first part of the program can be taken in an evening format, so you can continue to work while you begin your master's degree. The methods courses, which comprise the middle section of the program, are taught primarily during the day.

In addition to courses needed to receive your teaching license, you’ll fulfill requirements for at least one endorsement area while attending Drake. An advisor will work with you to see which courses from your undergraduate transcript may count toward an endorsement. The number of courses you will need to take to complete an endorsement will depend on how many of your undergraduate courses fulfill the endorsement requirements.

Application Details

  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • Begin the application process on the School of Education's admission page. Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.


For more information about the MST program, contact:

Thalya Hanson

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