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School of Education

A Message from the Dean

Welcome 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 15 degree programs for undergraduate and graduate students that want to become leaders in the community.  Students can choose from over 35 specialized endorsement areas to supplement their degree.  

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. 

We 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 additional option to education majors and licensed teachers. 

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 are highly sought after with a placement rate of over 98% for the last several years.  

Take the next step…come see what we have to offer you. 

Dean Janet McMahill

Mission and Vision

The Mission

The School of Education at Drake University is a diverse community of collaborative learners dedicated to the preparation, licensure, advancement, and continuing education of teachers, counselors, school administrators, human resource development professionals, and other educational leaders of learning communities.

The Vision

The School of Education experience is distinguished by exemplary teaching, scholarship, and services that advance the higher education experience for on-campus and extended-campus learners.

Faculty, staff, and students of the School of Education model leadership in the core areas of academic reflection, collaborative learning, and social justice. Leadership embodies the importance of creating and educating strong systemic leaders at every level in the academic setting.

The Guiding Principles
  • A belief in Academic Reflection assumes the importance of intellect, knowledge, and reason. The School of Education is a place of inquiry and scholarship in the liberal and professional arts.
  • A belief in Collaborative Learning assumes the importance of active participation and mutual responsibility among faculty, students, and constituent communities. The School of Education fosters learning and teaching.
  • A belief in Social Justice assumes the importance of education as a major pathway toward the values of democracy and equity. The School of Education promotes lifelong learning as a purposeful activity that advances global citizenship and a just society.
Diversity Statement

The Drake University School of Education is committed to diversity and inclusivity.  As members of the School of Education, we strive to work toward an affirming learning and teaching environment.  We do so by seeking to educate culturally responsive professionals who are able to work effectively with all stakeholders. Aligned with our commitment to academic reflection, collaborative learning and social justice, we seek to facilitate the development of our students as reflective practitioners, critical thinkers, and public intellectuals.



Drake University has been on the approved list of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since that association was established in 1913. Since reorganization of the Association in 2000, Drake University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Phone: 312-263-0456

School of Education

In addition to University accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, All certification and endorsement programs within the School of Education are approved and accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, pursuant of Chapter 79, Code of Iowa.


Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling are both accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Porgrams (CACREP).  

Master of Science in Counseling with a specialization in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE).  




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