MSE: Culturally Responsive Leadership & Instruction

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Application Process

If you are a teacher or staff member of the Des Moines Public School system then this program is for you. The Master of Science in Education in Science, Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction (CRLI), also known as BLUE, allows students to gain an increased understanding of the unique contexts of teaching and learning in an urban and diverse school community. 

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.  The BLUE program operates as a cohort and starts in the spring semester.  

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For applicants on a district contract, required application materials include: 

  • Application for Admission 
  • Official Transcripts

For self pay applicants, required application materials include: 

  • Application for Admission 
  • Official Transcripts
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Interest
  • Teaching License


Application for Admission

Complete and digitally sign the online Application for Admission.

Official Transcripts

We require official transcripts from:

  • Any institution where you earned (or will earn) a bachelor’s degree. 
  • Any institution where you earned a post-bachelor’s (graduate) degree.
  • Any institution where you earned credit you would like considered toward an endorsement or graduate degree.
  • Upon application review, you may be required to provide additional transcripts, including those with courses taken while in high school or at a community college.

Official transcripts are designated as those coming directly from the university or college of attendance to Drake University.
Official transcripts may be sent via secure electronic transmission from the issuing institution to or via postal mail to:
Coordinator of Graduate Admission
School of Education – Drake University
Collier-Scripps Hall – Rm 221
2702 Forest Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311

Transcripts and other supporting materials are not returned to the applicant and become the property of Drake University.



Résumé or Curriculum Vitae

A current professional résumé or curriculum vitae is required. Please include information regarding current and/or past employment history as well as professional development, internships completed, and volunteer experiences.

Statement of Interest

Please upload a statement of interest. The statement should address the following questions:

  • Why do you wish to pursue this program?
  • What are your personal and professional goals?
  • How will this program enhance your career?

Teaching License

A copy of your teaching license is required as part of the application process. a screenshot of the teaching license is acceptable for submission. 



Coordinator of Graduate Admission, School of Education

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