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Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) with a major in Elementary Education

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Education: Elementary Education prepares students for initial teacher certification at the elementary level. Graduates of the program will be learning leaders, student advocates, and reflective practitioners.

Program Requirements

To earn a bachelor's degree from Drake, students majoring in elementary education need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • 124 credit hours
  • Drake Curriculum requirements
  • Professional education requirements
  • Teaching endorsement(s) requirements (at least one endorsement)
  • Subject area minimum requirements for elementary endorsements (24 credits)
  • In accordance with new requirements from the Iowa Department of Education, students beginning this program in or after Fall 2011 will be required to meet additional general education requirements listed below under additional requirements.

Approved endorsement programs currently are available in

  • Art
  • Early childhood education
  • Unified early childhood education (early childhood education with an emphasis in special education)
  • English/language arts
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Rhetoric and communication studies/theatre
  • Science
  • Special education
  • Social studies
  • STEM (K-8)
  • World languages (Spanish, French, Japanese, and German).

Approved second endorsement areas are available in English as a Second Language (K-12), coaching (K-12), Gifted & Talented (K-12), middle school (5-8).

Specific requirements and program descriptions are available in the Teaching and Learning Department.  Other endorsement programs may become available.

To earn endorsement by Drake University for licensure in an endorsement, students must earn at least a "C" in all of the courses below.

Course Credit Hours
EDUC 001 - Introduction to Education (Optional) 1
EDUC 103 - Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 108 - Student Development and Learning Theory 3
SPED 120 - Introduction to Special Education 3
EDUC 111 - Education Planning and Assessment 3
EDUC 164 - Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
EDUC 109 - Educational Technology 2
EDUC 122 - Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
EDUC 123 - Physical Education and Health in the Elementary School 2
EDUC 124 - Children's Literature 3
EDUC 125 - Methods of Teaching Elementary Science 3
EDUC 126 - Methods of Teaching Elementary Math 3
EDUC 137 - Literacy Methods for the Primary Grades (K-3) 3
EDUC 128 - Methods of Teaching Elementary Social Studies 3
EDUC 139 - Literacy Methods for Intermediate Grades 3
EDUC 165 - Instruction and Management Seminar 1
EDUC 166 - Student Teaching 11
EDUC 169 - Electronic Portfolio Seminar 1

Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following criteria to enroll in professional courses for Elementary Education:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Acceptable Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators composite score (Reading + Writing + Math) of 448 or higher
  • All InTASC Standards met at the beginning level
  • A completed application and two checklist forms of recommendation, at least one from a School of Education teacher education faculty member
  • Successful background check

Additional Requirements (State of Iowa, effective fall 2011):

Course Credit Hours
MUS 015 - General Music in the Elementary School AND EDUC 083 - Art Methods, OR 6
EDUC 113 - Art Integration in Education 3
2. Content Area Requirements  

a. At least six hours in mathematics to include two of the following (higher-level courses may be substituted):

MATH 020 - College Algebra 4
MATH 024 - Structure of Math for Elementary Education I 3
MATH 025 - Structure of Math for Elementary Education II 3
STAT 071 - Statistics I 3
b. At least nine additional hours in social studies to include  
(i). two history courses from the following:  
HIST 001 - Passages to 1750 3
HIST 002 - Passages Since 1750 3
HIST 075 - U.S. History to 1877 3
HIST 076 - U.S. History Since 1877 3
(ii). one additional behavior science course from the following:  
PSY 001 - Introduction to Psychology (with lab) 4
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology 3
c. At least seven additional hours in science  
(i). Physical science  
ASTR 001 - Descriptive Astronomy 3
ENSP 022 - Meteorology: Science/Weather 4
ENSP 041 - Principles of Geology 4
PHSC 001 - Physical Science 3
(ii). Earth/space science  
ASTR 001 - Descriptive Astronomy 3
ENSP 022 - Meteorology: Science/Weather 4
ENSP 035 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science 3
ENSP 036 - One Earth Lab 1
ENSP 041 - Principles of Geology 4
(iii). Life science  
BIO 012 - General and Pre-professional Biology I 3
BIO 018 - Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology 3

Specialization Options

Students have several options available for areas of specialization.  A few of these options include the following:

  • The School of Education supports an interdisciplinary concentration in Behavioral Analysis of Developmental Disabilities
  • An interdisciplinary concentration in leadership education and development (LEAD) is open to students in any academic major.  Visit the Leadership Education and Development Concentration website for more information.
  • The School of Education offers an Urban Education concentration.  Visit the Social Justice in Urban Education (SJUE) website for details.

Endorsement Options

An endorsement is a licensed area of specialization. There are many endorsements available at the elementary level. While only one endorsement is required to get a teaching license, two or more endorsements are recommended for maximizing students' flexibility and variety in their professional careers.

Endorsements (K-12)

  • Art
  • Coaching
  • ESL
  • Music
  • Talented and Gifted

Endorsements (K-8)

  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Reading
  • English/Language Arts
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Speech Communication/Theater
  • STEM
  • Theater and Communication Studies

Endorsements (5-8)

  • Middle School
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