About the School

Message From the Dean

Headshot Jan McMahill and School of Education BannerWelcome to the Drake University School of Education.  As the chief administrator, I have the privilege of leading 70 faculty and staff who are dedicated to prepare world-class teachers, counselors and administrators.  How do we accomplish this?  We offer over 60 endorsement and 14 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students that want to become leaders in the community.

In the SOE, we offer a breadth of learning opportunities for individuals in all stages of their career.  Whether you are an undergraduate student looking to teach, a graduate student looking to advance on the salary grid – we have a program for you.  Are you a professional looking to change career paths? Are you a current teacher looking to add an endorsement?  We offer continuing education courses and degree opportunities for anyone looking to take the next step.   We offer courses in all formats to meet the needs of our students.  We offer classes on nights and weekends, online and blended format, and traditional classroom instruction.

We are proud to manage Head Start in five central Iowa counties with services to over 1,000 infants, toddlers and their families.  Head Start is a comprehensive child development program aimed at increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families. 

With another $500,000 award from the Iowa Legislature, we will support Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for teachers and students in over 150 schools.  To prepare more STEM educated teachers, we offer Iowa’s first STEM Endorsement as an optional addition to an elementary education major. 

We are a unique and powerful unit of a highly successful university.  We currently reach over 9,000 individuals in our full time and part time programs.  School of Education graduates hold leadership positions in 67% of the school districts in our state.

Finally, I want to share the message that “Momentum is Building”. This is the year that we hope to reach our goal to begin construction of a new 4-story building in the center of campus.  Take the next step…come see what we have to offer you.  

Dean Janet McMahill

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