School of Education

Elementary Education

Program Option

Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.) with a major in Elementary Education

B.S.E. web site


Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Education: Elementary Education prepares students for initial teacher certification at the elementary level. Graduates of the program will be learning leaders, student advocates, and reflective practitioners.


Program Requirements

To earn a bachelor's degree from Drake, students majoring in elementary education need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • 124 credit hours
  • Drake Curriculum requirements
  • Professional education requirements
  • Teaching endorsement(s) requirements (at least one endorsement)
  • Subject area minimum requirements for elementary endorsements
Course Credits
EDUC 001 - Introduction to Education (Optional) 1
EDUC 103 - Foundations in Education* 3
EDUC 108 - Student Development and Learning Theory* 3
EDUC 109 - Educational Technology* 3
EDUC 111 - Education Planning and Assessment* 3
EDUC 122 - Curriculum and Pedagogy 3
EDUC 123 - PE and Health in Elementary Schools 2
EDUC 124 - Literature of Childhood and Youth 3
EDUC 125 - Teaching of Science 3
EDUC 126 - Teaching of Mathematics 3
EDUC 128 - Teaching of Social Studies 3
EDUC 137 - Teaching of Reading in the Elementary Classroom 3
EDUC 139 - Teaching of Communication Arts in the Elementary Classroom 3
EDUC 164 - Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
SPED 120 - Introduction to Special Education* 3
Social Studies - Select two courses from the following:
HIST 001 - Passages to 1750 3
HIST 002 - Passages Since 1750 3
HIST 075 - US History to 1877 3
HIST 076 - US History Since 1877 3
Behavioral Science - Select one course from the following:
PSY 001 - Introduction to Psychology 4
SCSS 001 - Survey of Sociology 3
Mathematics
MATH 024 - Structure of Math for Elementary Education I 3
MATH 025 - Structure of Math for Elementary Education II 3
Science - Select at least one course from each of the following areas for a total of six credits.  Courses may count toward multiple areas.
Physical Science
ASTR 001 - Descriptive Astronomy 3
ENSS 022 - Meteorology 4
ENSS 041 - Principles of Geology 3
PHSC 001 - Physical Science 3
STEM 110 - Integrated Science I 3
STEM 111 - Integrated Science II 3
Earth/Space Science
ASTR 001 - Descriptive Astronomy 3
ENSS 022 - Meteorology 4
ENSS 035/036 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science (with lab) 4
ENSS 041 - Principles of Geology 3
STEM 110 - Integrated Science I 3
STEM 111 - Integrated Science II 3
Life Science
BIO 012 - General/Pre-Professional Biology I 3
BIO 018 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology 3
ENSS 035/036 - One Earth: Global Environmental Science (with lab) 4
STEM 110 - Integrated Science I 3
STEM 111 - Integrated Science II 3
Student Teaching
EDUC 165 - Instruction and Management in Elementary Grades 1
EDUC 166 - Student Teaching (Elementary) 11
EDUC 169 -E-Portfolio for Student Teaching 1
*Admission to the Teacher Education Program - Must successfully complete EDUC 103, EDUC 108, EDUC 111, and SPED 120
Teaching Endorsement - Complete the requirements for at least one teaching endorsement. varies
TOTAL 124

There are many endorsements available at the elementary level. While only one endorsement is required to get a teaching license, two or more endorsements are recommended for maximizing students' flexibility and variety in their professional careers. Approved endorsement programs currently are available in

  • Art
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Unified Early Childhood Education (early childhood education with an emphasis in special education)
  • English/Language Arts
  • Government/History/Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Special Education
  • Speech/Communications/Theatre
  • STEM (K-8)
  • World languages (Spanish, French, Japanese, and German)

Approved second endorsement areas are available in

  • English as a Second Language (K-12)
  • Coaching (K-12)
  • Gifted & Talented (K-12)
  • Middle School (5-8)

Specific requirements and program descriptions are available in the Teaching and Learning Department.  Other endorsement programs may become available.

To earn endorsement by Drake University for licensure in an endorsement, students must earn at least a "C-" in all of the courses above.

Teacher Education Program

Students must meet the following criteria to enroll in professional courses for Elementary Education:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5
  • Acceptable Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators composite score (Reading + Writing + Math) of 448 or higher
  • All InTASC Standards met at the beginning level
  • A completed application and two checklist forms of recommendation, at least one from a School of Education teacher education faculty member
  • Successful background check

Other Program Requirements

All students preparing for licensure as a teacher must meet the following criteria on a continuing basis:

  1. Completion of the Drake Curriculum Areas of Inquiry (A.O.I.s) or an equivalent program at another college or university.
  2. Completion of the elementary or secondary education major with at least a “C-” in all education and endorsement courses.
  3. Completion of an approved teaching endorsement area(s).
  4. Maintenance of at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) for undergraduate students.
  5. Maintenance of at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) for graduate students.
  6. Demonstration of all InTASC Standards at the appropriate level.
  7. Demonstration of Drake-defined Professional Dispositions at the appropriate level.
  8. Successfully pass background checks.

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.