BSEd in Middle School Education with Emphasis in Mathematics

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Middle School Education prepares students to work with children from fifth through ninth grade in public, private, and alternative school systems.  You may consider a degree in education if you enjoy working with children and/or adolescents, want to strengthen the future through education, and want to make a difference in the lives of others.  MU Students work closely with mentors, practicing teachers, administrators, and university faculty to develop the knowledge and skills to enhance learning outcomes for children and youth.  The coursework through the College of Education focuses on teachers’ roles in facilitating learning at all levels of development and considers the influences of cultural, political, historical, and economic factors on students, teachers, and schools.  Upon successfully completing the initial teacher certification process, the state grants you certification in middle school mathematics.  Practical and rewarding clinical training in schools and agencies begins sophomore year, and continues each semester culminating in a senior-level teaching internship, enhancing teaching skills and confidence.  Coursework within Middle School Mathematics will teach you ways to support the development and mathematical learning of middle school students by learning research-based instructional practices.

Major Program Requirements

Students must complete all university, general education, and content requirements, in addition to degree requirements.  Please meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss degree requirements and to create a semester plan.

Teacher Education programs in the College of Education are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Curriculum changes mandated to earn teacher certification may become effective at any point during your academic program. Therefore, it is extremely important that you DO NOT SELF ADVISE.

Degree Requirements Sample Program

Early Experiences
LTC 1100Orientation1
or SPC_ED 1100 Orientation: Special Education
LTC 2200School Health and Student Wellbeing3
ESC_PS 2000Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience1
LTC 2040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I3
LTC 2044Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field1
IS_LT 2467Inquiry into Empowering Learners with Technology3
Mid-Level Experiences
LTC 4360Intro. Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Secondary Schools3
LTC 4364Intro. Teaching Math in Middle and Secondary School Field Experience1
LTC 4410WTeaching, Engaging and Assessing Middle-Level Students - Writing Intensive3
LTC 4560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
SPC_ED 4310Behavioral and Classroom Management3
LTC 4581Teaching Mathematics in Middle and Secondary Schools: Focus on Algebra and Technology3
LTC 4584Teaching Math in Middle and Secondary Schools: Algebra and Technology Field1
LTC 4565Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II3
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
Advanced-Level Experiences
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar12
LTC 4370WTeaching and Modeling Middle School Mathematics - Writing Intensive3
LTC 4374Teaching and Modeling Middle School Mathematics Field Experience1
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
ED_LPA 4060Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II3
Content Area
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning (Recommended)3
Or one of the following:
Elementary Statistics (Transfer only)
Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences (Transfer Only)
Introduction to Probability and Statistics I (Also Accepted)
MATH 1160Precalculus Mathematics5
or MATH 1100
MATH 1140
College Algebra
and Trigonometry
MATH 1300Finite Mathematics3
MATH 1360Geometric Concepts3
MATH 4060Connecting Geometry to Middle and Secondary Schools3
MATH 4070Connecting Algebra to Middle and Secondary Schools3
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
MATH 2320Discrete Mathematical Structures3
STAT 4050Connecting Statistics to Middle and Secondary Schools3

Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student’s actual plan may vary based on course choices and where options are available.                      

First Year
LTC 11001LTC 22003
MATH 1160 or 1100 and 11405ENGLSH 10003
American History or Government3IS_LT 24673
ESC_PS 2000 (Social Science)3STAT 12003
Humanities 3Elective 3
 15 15
Second Year
ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3
ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441
Lab Science3Humanities3
Humanities3MATH 13603
MATH 13003MATH 1400 or 15003
 16 16
Third Year
LTC 43603LTC 45813
LTC 43641LTC 45841
SPC_ED 43103LTC 45653
LTC 4410W3STAT 40503
LTC 45603SPC_ED 40203
MATH 40703MATH 40603
 16 16
Fourth Year
LTC 497112LTC 4370W3
 LTC 43741
 ED_LPA 40603
 LTC 44603
 MATH 23203
 12 14
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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