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Master of Science in Education: Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development (T.E.P.D.)

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Program Overview

Designed for current teachers who wish to remain in the classroom, learn new techniques to enhance their effectiveness as educators, and rise to the level of master teacher, the T.E.P.D. program emphasizes methods and pedagogy.  In addition to core courses, the program allows teachers to gain additional expertise through an area of specialization or by completing the courses required for an endorsement.

Graduates of the T.E.P.D. program are be able to:

  • Explore models of effective teaching
  • Utilize research
  • Become an instructional leader
  • Promote collaboration
  • Design, develop and implement an instructional inquiry

Program Requirements

Core Courses

Course Credit Hours
EDUC 201 - Education Research I 3
EDUC 214 - Contemporary Issues in Education 3
EDUC 216 - Methods of Instruction & Assessment 4
EDUC 218 - Action Research 2
EDUC 219 - Teacher Leadership 2
EDUC 280 - Electronic Toolbox for Educators 3
Total Hours 17



Curriculum Leadership Concentration - elementary or secondary

Math Concentration - elementary or secondary

Urban Education Concentration - elementary or secondary

  • The Urban Education Concentration is a strand within the Master of Science in Education in T.E.P.D. program.
  • A notation of "Concentration: Social Justice in Urban Education" will appear on students official Drake University transcript upon completion of all M.S.E. degree requirements.
Course Credit Hours
Required Courses
EDUC 264 - Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
EDUC 283 - Social Context of Urban Schools 3
Elective Courses - Choose three from the following
EDUC 277 - Urban Trends in Literacy 3
EDUC 284 - Applications for Teaching in Urban Schools 3
EDUC 286 - Youth, Culture, and Society 3
EDUC 287 - Urban Education and Immigration 3
Total Hours 15



See the Endorsement-Only Programs page of this catalog.


  • 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. 
  • Students entering the TEPD program should have a teaching license and/or have experience with classroom learning.  
  • Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.
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