BSEd in Middle School Education with Emphasis in Language Arts

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.  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 will help you learn about general teaching and learning strategies as well as those specific to your discipline.

Major Program Requirements

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

As Mizzou Ed continues to implement the new Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators mandated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), curriculum changes will be required that must be met in order to complete your degree and earn teacher certification. Those changes may become effective at any point during your academic program. Therefore, it is extremely important that you DO NOT SELF ADVISE.  

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 1130, 1100, 1120, 1155, 1160, or 11701LTC 22003
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Missouri State Law Course3Social/Behavioral Science3
ESC_PS 20003IS_LT 44673
Humanities3ENGLSH 20103
 16 15
Second Year
ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 20403ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 20403
ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441
Math Reasoning Proficiency3Lab Science2-5
Non-Lab Science3ENGLSH 33103
ENGLSH 21003English Writing Elective3
 16 15-18
Third Year
LTC 43803LTC 4390W3
LTC 43841LTC 43941
SPC_ED 40203ENGLSH 46103
LTC 44603ENGLSH 46403
ENGLSH 46003English Lit 19th Century/African American/Folklore3
Elective3Elective (if needed for 120)3
 16 16
Fourth Year
LTC 44003LTC 497112
LTC 44041 
LTC 4410W3 
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 43103 
English Lit 20th Century/Lit by about Women3 
 16 12
Total Credits: 122-125

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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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