School of Education

Master of Science in Education: Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction

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Program Overview

BLUE. Building Leaders in Urban Education 

The BLUE program is a partnership between the Drake University School of Education and Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS). This 32-credit hour degree program is designed to develop teachers to meet the needs of a diverse student population. This program focuses on building a strong foundation in equity and cultural proficiency. 

The BLUE program focuses on current research and instructional practices.  Application of learning is central to program outcomes. Students have a variety of choices in elective courses that can be used to advance their specific teaching content and/or context. Participants are eligible for discounted tuition for their degree as long as they stay employed by DMPS for the length of their program.

Program Requirements

This 32-credit hour master's degree has six required courses focused on effective teaching, cultural proficiency, and teacher leadership. Students may then select 15 additional credits from numerous pathways.

Core Course (17 credits)
EDCR 201:  Effective Teaching I 3
EDCR 202:  Culturally Responsive Teaching I 3
EDCR 203:  Effective Teaching II 3
EDCR 204:  Culturally Responsive Teaching II 3
EDCR 205:  Teacher Leadership 3
EDCR 206:  Capstone/Action Research 2
Elective Courses (15 credits)  

Students may choose 15 credits in an area of interest to personalize their degree plan as electives. Elective courses are offered in:

  • Early childhood
  • Elementary or Secondary
  • Urban Education
  • Math, Science or STEM
  • English Language Learners
  • Reading or Literacy
  • Special Education
  • Talented and Gifted



  • Questions regarding the application process can be forwarded to the Coordinator of Graduate Admission at or 515-271-2552.

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.