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The Department of Education requires the following courses to be endorsed as a Driver Education Teacher, CLICK here for PDF.

These 3-hour academic courses, offered by the Department of Criminal Justice – UCM in partnership with the Missouri Safety Center, are as follows:

  • The first two courses (2010 & 2020) are offered on-line during the Spring Semester.
  • The last two courses (2030 & 2040) are offered during the Summer Semester and have mandatory on-site commitments of 15 hours each for a total of 30 hours. These hours must be scheduled during the Missouri Safety Center’s Summer High School Driver Education program, typically during the month of June each year.
DrEd 2010 Driver Education I – Introduction to Safety Education (3 hours)
An introductory course in the principles and fundamentals of safety education. It shows the concern for safety as a social problem and considers major accident areas, accident causes, liability, and analyzes possible solutions to the accident problem. A course aimed at developing concepts to prepare the driver education student to assume responsibility for accident prevention in the home, school, community, and on the highways.

DrEd 2020 Driver Education II – Driver Task Analysis (3 hours)
An introduction to the task of the driver within the highway transportation system with emphasis on risk perception and management and the decision making process.

DrEd 2030 Driver Education III – Developing Classroom Skills (3 hours)
Learning activities will focus on preparing the driver educator to conduct Driver Education Classroom Skills with application to classroom organization, maintaining a learning environment, developing instructional modules, and the conduct of learning experiences.

DrEd 2040 Driver Education IV – Developing Operational Skills (3 hours)
Learning activities will focus on preparing the driver educator to conduct activities which develop operational skills for a novice driver. Emphasis is placed on laboratory organization and administration, developing laboratory instructional modules, and the conduct of learning experiences.
For additional information, please call the Missouri Safety Center Mr. Jim Delap at 800-801-3588 or email

Financial Aid
If a student has been fully admitted to a bachelor’s degree, masters degree, education specialist degree, or teaching certification program offered at UCM, financial aid can normally be used to help pay the cost to enroll for the above classes. Detailed information about being considered for financial assistance may be found by clicking on the links at the Office of Student Financial Services home page.

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