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The School of Education is in a constant state of change.  As we strive to meet the continuing needs of educators, we revise existing programs and create new programs to support current trends in education. We continue to recruit students around the globe and we will welcome four new international students as a result of emerging partnerships in Africa and China.  Here are a few program developments happening in the School of Education.  

The Master of Science in Education Leadership for principal preparation is being offered in the North Metro area in cooperation with Ankeny, Johnston and North Polk School Districts. Faculty in the Education Leadership Department have created a model that can be replicated in the western, southern and eastern suburbs of Des Moines so look for programs in these areas moving forward.  

A site-based professional development version of the Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development degree started in Ankeny with 25 elementary educators with plans for a second cohort next year.  

The Master of Science in Literacy Education degree, initiated with donor funds, now stands on its own with a second group of students enrolled.  

The English As a Second Language (ESL) endorsement, an 18-credit hour endorsement, is being co-sponsored with Heartland Area Education Agency in Johnston.  A new delivery model has been developed that will allow this program to work with area schools struggling to find certified ESL teachers.  

The new Social Justice in Urban Education, a 15-credit hour concentration developed by Dr. Kevin Lam has been launched.   This is a critical element of the program that will help educators to be better prepared to work with students from a variety of cultural, financial and ethnic backgrounds.

International outreach has reached new heights with travel opportunities for students to six countries outside of the United States, and most recently, they have enrolled students in an approved student teaching experience in Ireland.

Nationwide Insurance Company has awarded $250,000 to launch before and after school academies at two DMPS schools.  Last month, United Way of Central Iowa added $15,000 to the first year grant to purchase additional high-interest reading materials.

As part of Drake University's Quality Initiative Project related to diversity, the School of Education has partnered with Des Moines Area Community College and the Des Moines Schools to increase the number of minority candidates entering teacher education degree programs. They have named the program 3-D to represent the three institutions and the vision they have for the impact that future candidates will have in area schools. 

The School of Education is positioned to offer the state’s first STEM endorsements to the Iowa Teaching License.  School of Education professors are working with our STEM Hub manager to make this happen.  Three separate endorsements have been approved by the various SOE committees:  K-8 STEM Endorsement, K-12 Stem Endorsement and K-12 STEM Specialist. Through a legislative enactment with the nomination from Governor Branstad, Drake University has been awarded 1.5 million dollars in a three year project to promote STEM in the schools: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

Dean Janet McMahill

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