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

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education prepares students for initial teacher certification at the secondary 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 secondary education need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • 124 credit hours
  • Drake Curriculum (AOI) requirements
  • Professional education requirements
  • Teaching endorsement(s) requirements (at least one teaching endorsement is required; two are suggested)
  • Subject area minimum requirements for secondary education endorsements (30 credits)

Approved primary endorsement areas are available in the following areas (grade levels 5-12 unless otherwise noted):

  • All Science
  • All Social Studies
  • American History
  • American Government
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Basic Science
  • English/Language Arts
  • Journalism
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Reading
  • Sociology
  • Special Education Strategist II (K-12)
  • Speech Communications: Theatre
  • World History and World Languages (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish)

Approved second endorsement areas are available in the following areas:

  • English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • Economics (5-12)
  • Coaching (K-12)
  • Gifted & Talented (K-12)
  • Middle School (5-8)
  • Special Education Strategist I (5-12)
  • STEM (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 Credits
EDUC 001 - Introduction to Education (Optional) 1
Prerequisites for Teacher Education Program acceptance  
EDUC 103 - Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 108 - Student Development and Learning Theory 3
EDUC 111 - Education Planning and Assessment 3
SPED 120 - Introduction to Special Education 3
The following can be taken before or after Teacher Education Program acceptance  
EDUC 109 - Educational Technology 2
EDUC 164 - Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
Students must be accepted into Teacher Education Program to register for the following  
EDUC 132 - Methods of Teaching in the Secondary School 3
EDUC 142 - Secondary Reading and Interdisciplinary Curriculum 3
EDUC/MATH/STEM - Special Methods in Subject Area
EDUC 083 - Art Methods 3
EDUC 136 - Secondary Science Methods 3
EDUC 138 - Secondary Social Studies 2
EDUC 141 - Secondary Language Arts 2
EDUC 146 - World Language Methods 3
EDUC 150 - Secondary Reading Methods 3
MATH 145 - Secondary Math Methods 3
STEM 174 - Inquiry-Based Science and Safety 3
Student teaching - Full-time: not enrolled in any other courses unless otherwise approved
EDUC 167 - Instruction and Management Seminar 1
EDUC 168 - Student Teaching 11
EDUC 169 - Electronic Portfolio Seminar 1
Additional Requirements  
At least one course in MATH or STAT  
At least one approved primary endorsement area  
All InTASC Standards met at the appropriate level  

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 in EDUC 103, EDUC 108, EDUC 111, and SPED 120 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

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