Elementary Education PK-4th Grade BS / Creativity & Innovation MS

Major: Elementary Education, PK-4 Grade and Creativity & Innovation
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 225.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 13.1202
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-2031

About the Program 

Drexel University School of Education's Teacher Education programs have always been on the leading edge of the use of new pedagogies to improve student learning outcomes, new models of student teaching and conducting field experience placements, and ways of integrating technology in the teaching and learning. Coupling the Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (Grades PK-4) degree with the School of Education's Master of Science in Creativity & Innovation to create an accelerated BS/MS degree is just another in a long list of innovations that helps ensure that Drexel's programs remains the leading edge leader in producing outstanding teachers.

This BS/MS Education and Creativity & Innovation program attracts pre-service teachers who envision preparing their students for the new economy(s) and jobs, as well as for the challenges and adventures that will continue to unfold throughout the 21st century.

Twenty-first century students deserve 21st century teachers and education leaders, and this accelerated BS/MS program prepares the pre-service with the teaching and creativity mindsets to excel in that world.

Creativity research makes clear that teachers who understand creativity—what it is and what it is not—as well as their own creative strength areas, are better able to recognize creativity in their students and capitalize on the knowledge to help advance their students academically. The coursework in the Creativity & Innovation component of the BS/MS degree specifically blends the cognitive theories and neuroscience of creativity toward assisting the pre-service teacher's understanding of creativity, the hands-on tools and techniques of actively developing their students' creativity mindsets through creating school and classroom environments that allow creativity and innovation to flourish, and the ability to build collaboration with colleagues and school leadership to implement and adapt those tools and techniques for the benefit of all within the school.

The coursework experience is very hands-on and so powerfully interesting! The future is all about the Creativity & Innovation's program outcomes, i.e., the abilities and creativity mindset for: readily adapting to change, recognizing and identifying the real issue behind the issue, quickly generating plausible and creative solutions to identified issues, using learned creative problem-solving methods to employ methodical analysis of a menu of creative solutions, providing a translation of the latest research in creativity and innovation so as to apply to academic settings, and your serving as a leader to your future students and colleagues for fostering creative and innovative environments to learn.

Admission Requirements

BS Candidate will complete the BS/MS application and have of 3.0 GPA or higher at the time of admittance to the BS/MS program when they have achieved between 90.0 and 120.0 credits. The BS/MS candidate must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above as well as each term.

Degree Requirements

General Education/Content Requirements
BIO 100Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
or BIO 161 General Biology I
BIO 101Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
or BIO 162 General Biology II
CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement *1.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
HIST 275History of Pennsylvania3.0
MATH 171Introduction to Analysis A3.0
MATH 172Introduction to Analysis B3.0
MATH 173Introduction to Analysis C3.0
or MATH 107 Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts
MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
NFS 101Introduction to Nutrition & Food1.0
PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
PSY 320 [WI] Educational Psychology3.0
PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
SOC 335Sociology of Education3.0
UNIV T101The Drexel Experience *1.0
English (Literature) elective: Select course between ENGL 200 - ENGL 3603.0
Free electives10.0
Pedagogy Requirements
EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
EDEX 344Inclusive Practices3.0
EDEX 368 [WI] Literacy and Content Skill Development PK-123.0
EDLT 325Design for Learning with Digital Media3.0
EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
EDUC 120Child Development I: Typical Development3.0
EDUC 106First Year Seminar: A Case of Schools and Cities1.0
EDUC 107First Year Seminar: Exploring Pedagogies1.0
EDUC 108First Year Seminar: Designing Learning Spaces 1.0
EDUC 121Child Development II: Atypical Development3.0
EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 210Early Language Development3.0
EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
EDUC 236Early Literacy I3.0
EDUC 305 [WI] Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 306Assessment of Young Children 3.0
EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
EDUC 314Science Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
EDUC 326 [WI] Language Arts Processes3.0
EDUC 335Engaging the Learner3.0
EDUC 336Early Literacy II3.0
EDUC 338Expressive Arts for PK-43.0
EDUC 355Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
EDUC 365Foundations in Instructing English Language Learners3.0
EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
EDUC 411Family and Community Partnerships3.0
ESTM 342Teaching Engineering Concepts to Children3.0
MTED 417Mathematics Methods and Content: Early Childhood3.0
MTED 418Mathematics Methods and Content3.0
Student Teaching Experience
EDUC 409 [WI] Student Teaching Seminar I9.0
EDUC 410 [WI] Student Teaching9.0
MS in Creativity & Innovation Core
CRTV 501Foundations in Creativity3.0
CRTV 502Tools and Techniques in Creativity3.0
CRTV 503Creativity in the Workplace3.0
CRTV 615Neuroscience, Creativity and Innovation3.0
CRTV 650Current Trends in Creativity & Innovation3.0
CRTV 660Diagnostic Creative Intervention3.0
EDCR 510Leadership in Educational Contexts and Systems 3.0
EDCR 514Diversity, Equity, and Social Justice in Education 3.0
MS in Creativity & Innovation Capstone Sequence
EDU 780Capstone Research3.0
EDUL 780Lesson Study Capstone Course I3.0
or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
or EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I
EDUL 781Lesson Study Capstone Course II3.0-4.5
or EDUT 780 Thesis Capstone Course I
or EDUP 780 Practitioner Capstone Course I
Concentration Course Options (Select one concentration from the options below)12.0
Human Resource Development
Foundations of Human Resources Development
Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning
Organization Development and Change
Strategic Human Resource Development
Principles of Adult Learning
Global & International Education
Global, International & Comparative Education
Culture, Society & Education in Comparative Perspective
Education for Global Citizenship, Sustainability, and Social Justice
Measuring the World: Education and National Development
Higher Education
Foundations of Higher Education and Governance
Legal Issues & Ethics in Higher Education
Higher Education Career Development, Leadership & Application
Principles of Adult Learning
Learning Technologies
The Learning Sciences
Technologies for Performance Support
Using and Integrating Learning Technologies
Instructional Design Methods
The Purpose and Business of E-Learning
Learning in Game-Based Environments
Foundations of Game-Based Learning
Play & Learning in a Participatory Culture
Learning with Social Media and Mobiles
Learning Technologies & Disabilities
Custom-Designed Concentration
A custom-designed concentration will consist of 12.0 professional electives that will be selected in consultation with the Program Director and/or Advisor. You may also choose to declare a Graduate Minor.
Total Credits225.0-226.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

4+1, 1 co-op (Accelerated program completed in 5 years)

Students complete undergraduate requirements in four years, then convert to graduate status in the fifth and final year.

First Year
EDUC 1061.0BIO 100 or 1613.0EDEX 1423.0VACATION
EDUC 1013.0CIVC 101*1.0EDUC 1081.0 
EDUC 1203.0COM 1113.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
ENGL 1013.0EDUC 1071.0MATH 173 or 1073.0 
MATH 1713.0EDUC 1213.0MUSC 1303.0 
UNIV T1011.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0PSY 1013.0 
 MATH 1723.0  
 14 17 16 0
Second Year
CHEM 1114.0BIO 101 or 1613.0EDUC 2363.0EDUC 2103.0
EDEX 3443.0COOP 101*1.0EDUC 3263.0EDUC 3063.0
EDUC 2051.0EDEX 3683.0EDUC 3363.0EDUC 3123.0
EDUC 3083.0EDUC 2163.0EDUC 3653.0EDUC 3353.0
PSY 3303.0EDUC 3143.0NFS 1002.0HIST 2753.0
 EDUC 3163.0NFS 1011.0MTED 4173.0
  PSY 3203.0 
 14 16 18 18
Third Year
  EDUC 3051.0EDUC 3243.0
  ESTM 3423.0EDUC 3383.0
  PHYS 1513.0EDUC 3553.0
  (UG) English (Literature) Elective: ENGL 200 - ENGL 3603.0MTED 4183.0
  CRTV 5013.0CRTV 5023.0
 0 0 17 18
Fourth Year
EDUC 4051.0EDUC 4109.0ENVS 2603.0Student classified as Graduate Student
EDUC 4099.0SOC 3353.0(UG) Free electives10.0CRTV 6153.0
EDUC 4113.0(GR) MS Concentration Course3.0CRTV 5033.0CRTV 6503.0
   (GR) MS Concentration Course3.0
 13 15 16 9
Fifth Year
EDCR 5103.0EDCR 5143.0CRTV 6603.0 
EDU 7803.0EDUL 780, EDUT 780, or EDUP 7803.0EDUL 781, EDUT 780, or EDUP 7803.0-4.5 
(GR) MS Concentration Course3.0(GR) MS Concentration Course3.0  
 9 9 6-7.5 
Total Credits 225-226.5
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