School of Education

Master of Science in Teaching

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Program Overview

The degree program is designed for individuals who hold undergraduate degrees in a field outside of education but would like to obtain teaching certification at the elementary level (K-8).  Drake's program is one of a small number of programs that allows you to get an elementary teaching certificate at the master's degree level.  (Students interested in teaching at high school level should consider the Master of Arts in Teaching program.)

Program Requirements

In addition to courses needed to receive your teaching license, students fulfill requirements for at least one endorsement area while attending Drake.  An advisor will work with students to see which courses from their undergraduate transcript may count toward an endorsement.  The number of courses required to complete an endorsement will depend on how many of students' undergraduate courses fulfill the endorsement requirements.

The number of courses needed to complete an endorsement will depend on how many of students' undergraduate courses fulfill the endorsement requirements.

  • Minimum of 36 graduate hours
  • Must include at least one teaching endorsement at the elementary level
  • Acceptance to Teacher Education (Note: the criteria below do not reflect admission criteria for the M.S.T. program itself)
    • Two faculty recommendations
    • Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0
Course Credits
Pre-Professional Coursework
EDUC 203 - Foundations of Education 3
EDUC 208 - Educational Psychology of Teaching & Learning 3
EDUC 211 - Educational Planning and Assessment 3
EDUC 213 - Art Integration in Education 3
EDUC 261 - Technology Integration in the Classroom 3
EDUC 264 - Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
EDMA 273  - Science Content & Pedagogy for Elem Teachers I 3
EDMA 274  - Science Content & Pedagogy for Elem Teachers II 3
EDMA 275 - Science Content & Pedagogy for Elem Teachers III 3
Elementary Methods Coursework
EDUC 222 - Curriculum & Pedagogy 3
EDUC 223 - Physical Education & Health in the Elementary School 2
EDUC 224 - Children's Literature 3
EDUC 226 - Methods of Teaching Math 3
EDUC 228 - Methods of Teaching Social Studies 3
EDUC 237 - Literacy Methods for Primary (K-3) 3
EDUC 239 - Literacy Methods for Intermediate (4-6) 3
Student Teaching
EDUC 263 - Seminar for Student Teaching 1
EDUC 266 - Student Teaching Practicum, Elementary 8
EDUC 269 - ePortfolio Seminar 1



  • Applications are reviewed on an on-going basis; therefore, it is requested that all materials be submitted approximately 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the intended start-term.
  • Upon the receipt of transcripts, an advisor will complete a transcript evaluation in order to determine any credit or course substitutions/transfers. 
  • 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.