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.

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 1170, 1100, 1120, 1155, or 11601Writing Intensive3
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Missouri State Law Course3IS_LT 44673
ESC_PS 20003ENGLSH 20103
Humanities3English Writing Elective3
LTC 22003 
 16 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
Math Reasoning Proficiency 3Social/Behavioral Science3
Non-Lab Science 3Lab Science2-5
ENGLSH 21003ENGLSH 32103
English African American/Ethnic3ENGLSH 43203
Lit Elective3 
 19 15-18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 44703LTC 4480W3
LTC 44741LTC 44841
SPC_ED 40203LTC 45653
LTC 45603LTC 44603
ENGLSH 46003ENGLSH 46103
English World Lit Elective3English British Literature Elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LTC 44903LTC 497112
LTC 44941 
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 43103 
English Female Author Elective3 
English Major Author/Synthesis Elective3 
 16 12
Total Credits: 125-128

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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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