BSEd in Elementary Education with Emphasis in Elementary Education

Degree Program Description

The Elementary Education program leads to a Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education, grades one through six.  Coursework focuses on development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to support teaching and learning in a variety of diverse settings, and includes elementary methods courses designed to support elementary school teaching and learning in all subject areas.  Each semester includes extensive experiences in elementary classrooms working with teachers and children, with immediate opportunities to put course ideas into practice. Placements are carefully chosen to represent schools that represent diverse demographics and populations.  The culminating Senior Year On-Site Program (SYOSP) is a unique yearlong internship that gives interns the opportunity to experience all facets of the teaching profession. SYOSP is designed to immerse the interns in the life and culture of a school community and begins with teacher back-to-school meetings and assisting with classroom set-up. Interns are regarded as full-time members of the school faculty and participate in all school events and experiences such as teacher workdays, professional learning communities, and data team meetings. Students will spend a minimum of three full days per week in the schools during the first semester while also completing a full course load that complements the internship. During the second semester, the internship extends to five full days in a single classroom where the SYOSP intern completes the student teaching experience.

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.

Teacher Education programs in the College of Education & Human Development are accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Curriculum changes mandated to earn teacher certification may become effective at any point during your academic program. Therefore, it is extremely important that you DO NOT SELF ADVISE.

Degree Requirements Sample Program

Early Experiences
LTC 1100Orientation (Recommended)1
or SPC_ED 1100 Orientation: Special Education
LTC 2200School Health and Student Wellbeing3
ESC_PS 2000Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience1
LTC 2040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I3
LTC 2044Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field1
IS_LT 2467Inquiry into Empowering Learners with Technology3
Mid-Level Experiences
LTC 4194Elementary Education Field Experience I1-3
LTC 4211Literacy Assessment and Development3
LTC 4250Music for Children2
LTC 4280Teaching Science in Elementary Schools3
LTC 4300Learning and Teaching Number and Operation in the Elementary School3
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4221Contexts and Methods for Elementary Reading Instruction3
LTC 4240Art for Children2
LTC 4260Elementary Social Studies3
LTC 4294Elementary Education Field Experience II1-3
LTC 4310Learning and Teaching Geometry in the Elementary School3
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
Advanced-Level Experiences
ED_LPA 4060Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II3
LTC 4231WContexts and Methods for Writing Instruction - Writing Intensive3
LTC 4241Diverse Literature for Children and Youth3
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar3
SPC_ED 4310Behavioral and Classroom Management3
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar12

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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
LTC 11001LTC 22003
ENGLSH 10003General Education Math Requirement3
American History or Government3Humanities3
ESC_PS 2000 (Social Science)3Writing Intensive3
Elective 3 
 16 15
Second Year
ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3ESC_PS 2010 or LTC 2040 (Social Science)3
ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441ESC_PS 2014 or LTC 20441
IS_LT 24673Lab Science3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3Humanities3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3Elective 3
 13 15
Third Year
LTC 4194 (F3)3LTC 4221 (S3)3
LTC 4211 (F3)3LTC 4240 or 42502
LTC 4250 or 42402LTC 4260 or 42803
LTC 4280 or 42603LTC 4294 (S3)3
LTC 4300 (F3)3LTC 4310 (S3)3
SPC_ED 4020 or LTC 44603LTC 4460 or SPC_ED 40203
 17 17
Fourth Year
ED_LPA 40603LTC 497112
LTC 4231W3 
LTC 42413 
LTC 49713 
SPC_ED 43103 
 15 12
Total Credits: 120

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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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 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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