BSEd in Middle School Education with Emphasis in Science
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 science. 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 Science will teach you ways to support the development of science learning of middle school students. This includes consideration of the nature of science, methods for teaching science, strategies for assessing science learning, and pathways for developing into a professional science educator.
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
|LTC 1100||Orientation (OR)||1|
|or SPC_ED 1100||Orientation: Special Education|
|LTC 2200||School Health and Student Wellbeing||3|
|ESC_PS 2000||Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States||3|
|ESC_PS 2010||Inquiry Into Learning I||3|
|ESC_PS 2014||Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience||1|
|LTC 2040||Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I||3|
|LTC 2044||Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field||1|
|IS_LT 2467||Inquiry into Empowering Learners with Technology||3|
|LTC 4340W||Middle School Science I - Writing Intensive||4|
|LTC 4344||Middle School Science Field I||1|
|LTC 4460||Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages||3|
|LTC 4560||Reading and Writing in the Content Areas||3|
|LTC 4350||Middle School Science II||3|
|LTC 4354||Middle School Science Field Experience||1|
|LTC 4565||Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II||3|
|SPC_ED 4020||Teaching the Exceptional Learner||3|
|LTC 4654||Teach Sci MS/Sec Sch: Phil,Hist,Sci Inq,Curr,Assm & Tech III Fld||1|
|LTC 4410W||Teaching, Engaging and Assessing Middle-Level Students - Writing Intensive||3|
|ED_LPA 4060||Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II||3|
|SPC_ED 4310||Behavioral and Classroom Management||3|
|LTC 4971||Internship and Capstone Seminar||12|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 1330||College Chemistry II||4|
|PHYSCS 1210||College Physics I||4-5|
|or PHYSCS 2750||University Physics I|
|PHYSCS 1200||Everyday Wonders: Explaining How Ordinary Things Work||4|
|GEOL 1100||Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory||4|
|or GEOL 1200||Environmental Geology with Laboratory|
|ATM_SC 1050||Introductory Meteorology||3|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory (Recommended)||5|
|or BIO_SC 1010|
& BIO_SC 1020
| General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
and General Biology Laboratory
Or the following:
|General Principles and Concepts of Biology with Laboratory (Transfer Only)|
|BIO_SC 1060||Basic Environmental Studies||3|
|or NAT_R 1060||Ecology and Conservation of Natural Resources|
|BIO_SC 4994||Senior Seminar (Teaching Middle/Secondary Bio)||3|
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.
|LTC 1100||1||LTC 2200||3|
|MATH 1100||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|American History or Government||3||IS_LT 2467||3|
|ESC_PS 2000 (Social Science)||3||BIO_SC 1500||5|
|ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)||3||ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)||3|
|ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 2044||1||ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 2044||1|
|CHEM 1320||4||CHEM 1330||4|
|Elective||3||GEOL 1200 or 1100||4|
|LTC 4340W||4||LTC 4350||3|
|LTC 4344||1||LTC 4354||1|
|LTC 4460||3||LTC 4565||3|
|LTC 4560||3||SPC_ED 4020||3|
|PHYSCS 1200||4||PHYSCS 1210 or 2750||4-5|
|BIO_SC 1060 or NAT_R 1060||3|
|LTC 4654||1||LTC 4971||12|
|Total Credits: 120-121|
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For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.
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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.