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A Message from the Dean

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 program to recruit and prepare highly qualified minority students to become teachers has been re-instated.  This program called 3-D is a collaboration between Des Moines Area Community College and the Des Moines Public Schools.  Four students started at DMACC and by the end of this year, four others will be enrolled at Drake.  When finished with the program, students will be granted teaching positions in the Des Moines Schools!

The Literacy Master’s degree is in its second year with the successful recruitment of a new cohort of 17 students.  Four of the courses are available online and available to non-degree seekers outside of the area.

A site-based professional development version of the Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development degree started in Ankeny this June with 24 degree-seekers.

The doctoral program is transitioning to an annual cohort effectively doubling enrollment by admitting 15-20 students every year.  

The counseling professors are completing course revisions and requirements for the first phase of a new accreditation required for our graduates who wish to provide mental health services.  

The graduate program for those in corporate training and development has been revised and repurposed to a Master of Science in Leadership Development degree.

The Educational Leadership degree that is awarded to those preparing to be principals emerging in a new way with a spring cohort in partnership with Ankeny, Johnston and North Polk School Districts.

The online endorsement for teachers wanting to serve Talented and Gifted Students is now available for undergraduate students as well as graduate.

The off-campus program for preparing teachers to serve English Language Learners has been renewed with an educational partner providing partial scholarships for area teachers.

The School of Education is the home to the Adult Literacy Center, Head Start and the South Central Iowa STEM hub. We are pleased to report great things happening in these areas.  

Despite the challenges of the federal sequestration, Drake Head Start leaders have revised their service model, eliminated some low-enrollment centers and are moving closer to their goal of serving 1,000 infant, toddler and pre-school children.

Utilizing the $250,000 grant from Nationwide Insurance Company, SOE Teaching and Learning faculty have established two after-school academies to help expand STEM and Fine Arts initiatives in two Des Moines Schools.

A special point of pride is the renewed funding of $450,000 for the second year of the Iowa STEM project centered at Drake.   The dollars are used to push out 9 pre-approved programs to students in over 100 area schools.  The STEM project has enabled Drake to be positioned as a major provider of STEM related courses for undergraduate and graduate students.  Related research and program development can indeed “STEM” from this high-profile project.

Dean Janet McMahill

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