At the School of Education, we prepare world-class teachers and educational leaders. With more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students, we’re one of the largest schools of education in the Midwest—and for good reason. We have an exceptional record of preparing highly effective elementary and secondary teachers, school counselors, principals, superintendents, and specialists working in training and organizational development in the corporate and non-profit sectors. At the same time, we don’t let our size compromise our commitment to providing an intimate learning environment that fosters close connections between students and faculty.
As a student here, you will connect your coursework with practical experience in urban, suburban, and rural schools. Undergraduates begin classroom observation and practice teaching their very first semester. On-campus graduate students take all their classes on evenings and weekends and in summer terms, and most complete their degree in two years. Our new online Master of Science in Effective Teaching program combines the quality of a Drake education with the convenience of online learning. Continuing Education students take advantage of a variety of distance learning options that make it easy to keep up their credentials.