New Program Offers Education Students a Fast Track to a Master’s Degree

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., July 19, 2017 — Drury University’s School of Education and Child Develop-ment is offering a new option for students to complete both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years.
The “4+1” program makes it possible for academically qualified and motivated students to begin their 36-hour master’s degree while still an undergraduate, saving them both time and money. Drury is one of the only colleges in the state of Missouri to offer such an option.
“Earning a master’s degree is a natural extension of the con-temporary teacher’s professional development, leading to mastery in specialized areas of education, improved job prospects and a significant increase in compensation throughout the educator’s career,” says Dr. Asikaa Cosgrove, assistant professor of education and the director of graduate programs for the School of Education. “The concurrent credit program offers a seamless transition into graduate study, giving new teachers the opportunity to reach a higher level of preparation and competence without the difficulties of having to readjust to a return to college after years in the workforce.”
Working closely with advisors, eligible undergraduate students may enroll in up to 9 credit hours of selected graduate courses from the master in education programs while still pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Successful completion of these courses will earn both undergraduate credit toward the bachelor’s degree and graduate credit toward a master’s degree.
Students typically complete bachelor’s degree coursework in four years. They will then take the remaining 27 hours of graduate coursework during the subsequent three or four semesters (the typical sequence is summer, fall, and spring semesters).
For the 4+1 program, students can choose from one of two master’s degree programs: Curriculum and Instruction (elementary, middle, or secondary) or Integrated Learning.
More details are available at Drury.edu/education.