BES in Educational Studies with Emphasis in Interdepartmental

Degree Program Description

The Bachelor of Educational Studies is for students with interests in the scientific and scholarly study of education and education-related careers in non-school settings, without the requirement of preparing to teach in PK-12 schools.  This is not for students pursuing certification to teach in the public schools. The program may be completed on campus or online.  Students will be able to develop an individualized major course of study.

Major Program Requirements

The Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES) degree prepares students for education-related careers. The College of Education will not recommend certification to teach in the public schools on the basis of the BES degree. This degree may be completed on campus or online.   Students interested in the BES degree on campus may complete an individualized major course of study developed with an advisor from Advising Services. Students interested in the online BES degree may complete an individualized major course of study in collaboration with the Program Director. Please contact Mizzou Online at 1-800-609-3727 or

In addition to University requirements, such as University general education and graduation requirements, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Multicultural studies: Students address this requirement by demonstrating competence through a multicultural studies course.
  • A minimum of 24 - 32 credits in the study of the field of education
  • A minimum of 24 - 32 credits in a concentration option

Semester Plan

This degree does not currently have a sample semester plan.  Please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss courses.

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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.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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