BSEd in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Earth Science

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 earth 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 Secondary Earth Science provides you with experience in the methods of teaching earth science and supporting learners in the development of scientific literacy. This includes consideration of the nature of science, methods for teaching science, strategies for assessing science learning, and pathways for developing into a professional earth 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.

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.

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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 1155, 1100, 1120, 1160, or 11701LTC 22003
MATH 14003ENGLSH 10003
ESC_PS 20003Humanities 3
Missouri State Law Course3GEOL 12503
GEOL 12004ATM_SC 10503
 14 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 20403ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 20403
ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441
Writing Intensive & Humanities3Social/Behavioral Science3
BIO_SC 15005Humanities3
ASTRON 10104GEOL 21503
 GEOL 23503
 GEOL 23601
 16 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 4631W4LTC 46413
LTC 46341LTC 46441
SPC_ED 40203LTC 44603
LTC 45603LTC 45653
GEOL 24004Geology Elective3-5
 CHEM 13204
 15 17-19
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 46541LTC 497112
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 43103 
IS_LT 44673 
PHYSCS 12104 
Geology Elective3-5 
 17-19 12
Total Credits: 123-127

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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 http://www.transfer.org. 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 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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