BSEd in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Language Arts

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education prepares students to work with children from ninth through twelfth 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 secondary language arts.  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 Secondary language arts provides you with experience in the methods of teaching language arts. Education courses include an introduction to language arts education, and three teaching language arts methods and assessment courses focused on literature, writing, and mass media.

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.

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 4470Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts I3
LTC 4474Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts I Field Experience1
LTC 4560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
LTC 4480WTeaching Middle and Secondary English/Language Arts II - Writing Intensive3
LTC 4484Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts II Field Experience1
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4565Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II3
Advanced-Level Experiences
LTC 4490Teaching Middle and Secondary English/Language Arts III3
LTC 4494Teaching Secondary English/Language Arts III Field Experience1
ED_LPA 4060Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II3
SPC_ED 4310Behavioral and Classroom Management3
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar12
Content Area
ENGLSH 2010Intermediate Composition3
ENGLSH 2100Writing About Literature3
English Structure/History (*Choose 2/3) 6
Structure of American English
History of the English Language
Regional and Social Dialects of American English
British or World Literature (see advisor for course list)6
English Adolescent Literature OR American Literature (see advisor for course list)3
English African American/Ethnic Lit (see advisor for course list)3
English Writing (see advisor for course list)3
English Elective (see advisor for course list)3

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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
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 11001Writing Intensive3
ENGLSH 10003General Education Math Requirement3
ESC_PS 2000 (Social Science)3ENGLSH 20103
Humanities (Not English)3IS_LT 24673
LTC 22003English Writing Elective3
 13 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
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
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3Lab Science3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3American History or Government3
ENGLSH 21003Adolescent or American Literature3
Elective3English African American/Ethnic Literature3
 16 16
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 44703LTC 4480W3
LTC 44741LTC 44841
SPC_ED 40203LTC 45653
LTC 45603LTC 44603
ENGLSH 4600, 4610, or 46203British or World Literature Elective3
British or World Lit Elective3ENGLSH 4600, 4610, or 46203
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 44903LTC 497112
LTC 44941 
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 43103 
English Elective (see advisor for course list)3 
Elective3 
 16 12
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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via https://www.transferology.com/index.htm. Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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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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