BES in Educational Studies with Emphasis in Educational Leadership

Begin Admitting Spring 2021. 

Degree Program Description

The Educational Leadership emphasis area will fill a need for undergraduate learners who are interested in becoming educational and community leaders in PK-12 or Higher Education settings. The courses will provide a foundation in educational theory, research, and practice that will help engage students in settings where they can influence change (e.g., schools, international contexts, student affairs, churches, sports, non-profits, private organizations).

Major Program Requirements

The BES in Educational Studies with Emphasis in Educational Leadership requires students to complete 120 credit hours.  Students are required to complete all University general education, and University graduation requirements, in addition to at least 24 semester hours of educational core courses and emphasis area course requirements.  

Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 based on all MU coursework as well as an overall GPA of 2.50 based on all college coursework completed.  Students must meet the residence requirements of MU and shall have a professional practicum or field experience for academic credit (a minimum of 2 credit hours).  The instructor of record for this experience will be a faculty member within the College of Education.  The student must be recommended for the degree by the faculty of the College of Education.  At 60 credit hours of completed coursework, students will be required to complete a Graduation Plan that will serve as a preliminary graduation check.  Students must earn 30 of their last 36 semester hours of credit through the University of Missouri in order to obtain the degree.  All courses are offered with online options.

Foundational Courses9
ED_LPA 4115Introduction to Learning Spaces3
IS_LT 2222Information Management and the Successful Scholar3
ESC_PS 4115Human Learning3
Research/Data Skills3
ED_LPA 3450Introduction to Research in Educational Settings3
or IS_LT 3450 Introduction to Research in Educational Settings
Information & Technology6
IS_LT 4473Introduction to Project Management3
IS_LT 4361Introduction to Digital Media3
Leadership3
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
Capstone3
ED_LPA 4975Educational Studies Senior Capstone3
Emphasis Courses21
ED_LPA 2001 Civil Rights and Advocacy in Education3
ED_LPA 2020 Listening Skills for College Student Success3
ED_LPA 2150 Data and Decision Making for Education Leaders3
ED_LPA 4151Leading Educational Organizations in Global Contexts3
ED_LPA 4408 Introducation to Ethics and PK-12 Policymaking3
ED_LPA 4428Curriculum Leadership3
ED_LPA 4458 Sociology of Education3
ED_LPA 4481Undergraduate Administrative Internships3

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Semester Plan

Please see the department for a semester plan. 

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.

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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