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Drake University School of Education - Extension Education

You can continue your professional development and receive a Drake education regardless of your location through Drake’s Extension Education programs.  All Extension Education courses are graduate level offerings.  Please visit  Drake's Extension Education website for more information.

Increasing School Success and Graduation Rates for All Students on June 13

The intent of this conference is to arm educators with the means to reduce barriers to school success and graduation for students who are considered 'at-risk' for school failure. Strategies to support every learner will be highlighted in the keynote presentation and the breakout sessions. Dave Edyburn, nationally known Universal Design for Learning researcher will begin the full-day conference on the 13th with a provocative look at the intersections of Universal Design for Learning and cultural proficiency. Breakout sessions will examine a variety of research-based academic, social, emotional, cultural, and cognitive strategies to increase school.

Attendees that register by May 12 will receive a book as part of their $80 registration fee.  Click on flyer to download.

2017 Drake Summer Music Institute

Orff-Schulwerk certification, Levels i and II, June 19-30

Kodaly Certification, Levels I, II, and III, July 10-21

Step-by Step Inspiration, June 26-29

Online registration will begin on March 13, 2017. 

Click here for a pdf flyer

Online Courses

Drake University Continuing Education and Professional Development has two new online courses. They are:

  • Instructional Coaching (3 semester hours of graduate credit)
  • Differentiation and Literacy (3 semester hours of graduate credit)

Instructional Coaching Online

An instructional coach is chiefly responsible for bringing evidence-based practices into classrooms by working with teachers and other school leaders. This course focuses on the coach’s role in classroom management, content enhancement, instruction, asking effective questions, and assessment for learning. Participants will also explore the fundamentals for sustaining a successful coaching program including how to represent the coach’s role to staff, building trusting relationships, participating in ongoing training, garnering support from administrators, and providing confidential, nonevaluative job-embedded professional development for teachers. Types of coaching and how to implement effective verbal and nonverbal communication designed to improve expertise in leadership, communication and listening, positive thinking, and support are major course themes, with additional focus on the conferencing and facilitation skills (including confidentiality agreements among coaches, teachers, and principals).

Differentiation and Literacy

In this course, Differentiation and Literacy, you will learn to differentiate your instruction to reach children of varying literacy readiness levels, both elementary and secondary. You will learn ways to improve your instruction by adopting a growth mindset and will practice strategies such as flexible grouping to enrich your literacy instruction. You will review the English Language Arts Common Core Standards and will explore methods to create differentiated literacy lesson plans to address those standards. You will discuss methods to develop a positive classroom culture. You will review effective methods of both self-assessment and other forms of assessment to guide your differentiation.

For more online courses offered by Drake University Extension Education, please click here.

Licensure Specific

Cultural Awareness: Seeing Past the Stereotypes (EDMA 209)

3 Semester Hours of Graduate Credit 

Fall 2016 Dates: Oct. 24 - Dec. 18

Developed by Drake University 


Human Relations (EDMA 204)
3 Semester Hours Graduate Credit
Summer 2017: June 5 - July 30, Deadline to register: May 29
Developed by Drake University
$625 (the text is not included in the tuition price)

Elementary Social Studies: Making Your Content Relevant (EDMA 208)
3 Semester Hours Graduate Credit
Summer 2016 Dates: Jun. 13 - Aug. 7, 2016
Fall 2016 Dates: Sep. 26 - Nov. 20, 2016
Developed by Drake University
$595 (the text is not included in the tuition price)

Courses for Special Education Consultant and Work Experience Coordinator Endorsement

For more details regarding the courses being offered and application requirements, visit

Michael A. Couvillon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Undergraduate & Graduate Studies in Special Education
Drake University


Courses for Athletic Coaches and Physical Educators

Please click here for more information about Drake University Extension Education courses for Athletic Coaches and Physical Educators.



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