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School of Education Undergraduate Programs

Learn how to become a teacher from education professionals—and put your knowledge to work in the classroom during your first semester.

Drake's School of Education offers undergraduate teaching degrees in both elementary and secondary education in a wide variety of content areas. Students gain experience in the classroom beginning in their first semester and master a variety of methods of instruction and assessment in courses that can lead to teacher certification in any state.

The School of Education offers a strong professional program with a solid foundation in the arts and sciences, providing knowledge and perspective for disciplines taught in schools.

To learn more about our teaching degree requirements, how long it takes to get a teaching certificate, and what education degree is best for you, check out our two undergraduate education programs below.

BS: Elementary Education

The Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education prepares students to become a teacher at the elementary level. For students pursuing their education degree, the School of Education aims to provide a platform for academic reflection, collaborative learning, and social justice. As one of the best education colleges in the country, elementary education students get hands-on experience their first year of schooling. Through practicum and student teaching, elementary education majors experience what it’s like to be a teacher in the Des Moines metro. With a diverse curriculum and opportunities to specialize in certain fields through endorsements, students are well prepared to receive their teaching degree and become a world-class educator.

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BS: Secondary Education

For students wanting to be middle school or high school teachers, the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education provides the perfect launching pad. In order to receive secondary education certification, students undergo a rigorous, diverse curriculum introducing them to what it’s like to be an educator. As a secondary education major, students participate in various teaching opportunities throughout the Des Moines metro, starting their first year at Drake. With an emphasis on social justice and leadership, the Drake SOE is among the best colleges for secondary education majors. With a secondary education degree from Drake, students can enter a rapidly changing world knowing that they have the skills to succeed as an educator and mentor in any high school or middle school.

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