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The Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education prepares you as a middle school or high school teacher. The School of Education models leadership in the core areas of academic reflection, collaborative learning, and social justice. We are committed to creating and educating strong systemic leaders who will be student advocates as well as reflective practitioners.

Secondary Education Major Requirements

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

  • Drake general curriculum requirements
  • School of Education (SOE) curriculum requirements outlined below
  • Requirements of at least one full endorsement

The SOE curriculum requires secondary ed majors to take core courses in the first two years of undergraduate study. These core courses acquaint you with the field of education. In the third and fourth years, you will take methods courses and complete the courses related to your chosen endorsements. In your final semester, you will complete a professional student teaching experience.

The School of Education curriculum includes:

Learn more about Drake’s secondary education degree and how to become a middle school or high school teacher!

Core Courses

Core courses create a foundation for the field of education.  

Students take a total of 18 credits of core courses.  This equates to six, 3-credit courses.  

EDUC 103:  Foundations of Education*

Content components include history of education, structure of American education, educational philosophies, legal and ethical issues in teaching, basic learning theory, lesson planning, and use of technology applications. In addition, 40 hours (10-week period) of in-school teaching experience in Des Moines area schools are required. 

EDUC 108:  Student Development and Learning

This course is focused on human growth and development and learning theory, with special attention paid to motivation, classroom management, human behavior, and mental health, and their implications for curriculum and classroom teaching. 

EDUC 109:  Education Technology^ 

EDUC 111:  Education Planning and Assessment 

This course contains major components of a professional educator's knowledge base. This course will provide students with opportunities to learn about student diversity, instructional planning, and classroom and large-scale assessment. During the course, students will engage in a variety of activities that will enable them to demonstrate and apply their learning. 

EDUC 164:  Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender^

Prerequisite:  EDUC 103.

SPED 120:  Introduction to Exceptional Children & Adults

This course orients the learner to the etiology, learning and behavioral characteristics of exceptional children and adults. The history, philosophy, and legal foundations underlying instructional programs and services to accommodate exceptional persons in the schools and community are examined. Techniques appropriate for regular classroom instruction of exceptional children and youth, including individualized instruction, behavior management, and consultative and diagnostic services are described and illustrated.

* Includes 40 practicum hours
^ This course can be taken before or after Teacher Education Acceptance

Admission to Teacher Education

Prior to taking any methods courses, students must fulfill requirements to be accepted into Teacher Education.  Talk to your advisor about requirements and a timeline.  

Teacher Education Admission Requirements 

  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above
  • All InTASC Standards met at the BEGINNING level
  • A completed application
  • Two checklist forms or recommendation, at least one from a School of Education faculty member
  • Successful background check 

Methods Courses

Methods courses focus on content area specialty.  

Students take a total of 9 credits of methods courses.

EDUC 132: Secondary Methods* (3 credits)

Methods of Teaching Secondary School is designed for pre-service teachers who plan on teaching in middle or high school. Course components include: a review of educational philosophy and psychological learning theory, curriculum design and instruction, an introduction to classroom management, and other topics associated with teaching and learning at the secondary level. Successful completion of this course includes a 40-hour practicum field experience.

EDUC 142: Reading - Secondary Level & Interdisciplinary (3 credits)

The focus of this course will be the integration of reading comprehension strategies and interdisciplinary curriculum into content areas. Through a workshop design, participants will be studying, discussing and sharing teaching and learning strategies with the class. Students will be expected to actively engage in their own learning as they develop a repertoire of strategies to use with secondary students. In addition, activities and assessments will require participants to act as reflective practitioners.

EDUC 1XX: Content Area Special Methods (2 or 3 credits)

* Includes 40 practicum hours


Each student must complete at least one endorsement. 

You can choose from over 30 different areas of specialization to supplement your degree and increase your attractiveness with future employers.

Visit the Endorsements page for a full list of endorsement options. 


Student Teaching

Student teaching allows you to apply your learning.  

EDUC 163: Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit)

School curriculum development and organization, instructional planning, and classroom management. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 168.

EDUC 168: Student Teaching - Secondary (8 credits)

Supervised teaching experience for students in teacher education programs. To be taken concurrently with EDUC 167.

EDUC 169: ePortfolio Seminar (1 credit)


Learn More 

  • Scholarships: Scholarship awards are processed by the Office of Student Financial Planning in coordination with Admissions. These scholarships do not require applications. See the full list of potential undergraduate scholarships offered to School of Education students. 
  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness: Under the Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program, if you teach full time for five complete and consecutive academic years in a low-income school or educational service agency, and meet other qualifications, you may be eligible for forgiveness of up to $17,500 on your Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans and your Subsidized and Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans. 
  • Teach Iowa Scholar Program: The Teach Iowa Scholar (TIS) Program provides qualified Iowa teachers with awards of up to $4,000 a year, for a maximum of five years, for teaching in Iowa schools in designated shortage areas.
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF): The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
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