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Discover the Drake Difference!

At the Drake University School of Education, we prepare world-class teachers and educational leaders.  With more than 900 undergraduate and graduate students, we are one of the largest schools of education in the Midwest.  We have an exceptional record of preparing highly effective elementary and secondary teachers, school counselors, effective elementary and secondary teachers, school counselors, principals, superintendents, and specialists working in training and organizational development in the corporate and nonprofit 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. 

Why Drake? Why Now?

  • Full-time professors guide program development and advise students
  • Our reputation is worth the investment
  • We strive for continuous improvement, constantly reviewing and revising our courses
  • We know to “prepare you here for there”

Program Options

Undergraduate level degrees are available for both elementary and secondary education. The SOE offers a strong professional program with a solid foundation in the arts and sciences, providing knowledge and perspective for disciplines taught in schools. Within their educational program, education students master a variety of methods of classroom instruction and assessment in courses that can lead to teacher certification in any state. Drake students are also empowered to apply their learning through classroom experiences in some of Iowa's top schools in all four years of the program.

Graduate level degrees include masters, specialist, and doctoral in the areas of teacher effectiveness, educational leadership, leadership development, and counseling. All classes are offered in an evening or weekend delivery format during the academic year and summer term. In most instances, the graduate programs can be completed in two years. A variety of courses are also offered in an online or in video correspondence format.

Our online graduate degrees include a Master of Science in Education - Effective Teaching program designed for teachers and other educators who desire to lead literacy initiatives, become literacy coaches, develop curriculum, serve as master teachers and learn new strategies and techniques to assist students struggling in the classroom. This 100% online program emphasizes contemporary skills in literacy education and research.

All certification and endorsement programs in the School of Education are approved and accredited by the Iowa Department of Public Instruction, pursuant to Chapter 79, Code of Iowa.  

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