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 & Human Development 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.

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

Cultural Diversity Requirement-Choose one of the following, or a course from the Multicultural Certificate Course List The course must be in addition to major Education and content course requirements (it cannot double dip with any other professional Education course requirement or content course requirement); however, it may count towards a general education requirement.3
Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States
Multicultural Study of Children and Families
or Multicultural Certificate Course (
Early Experiences
LTC 1100Orientation1
or SPC_ED 1100 Orientation: Special Education
LTC 2200School Health and Student Wellbeing3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience1
or ESC_PS 2014H Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience - Honors
LTC 2040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I3
or LTC 2040H Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I - Honors
LTC 2044Inquiry into Schools, Community and Society: Field1
IS_LT 2467Inquiry into Empowering Learners with Technology3
Mid-Level Experiences
LTC 4380Teaching Middle School Language Arts I3
LTC 4384Teaching Middle School Language Arts I Field Experience1
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
or LTC 4460H Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Honors
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4390Teaching Middle and Secondary English/Language Arts II3
LTC 4394Teaching Middle School Language Arts II Field Experience1
LTC 4565Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II3
Advanced-Level Experiences
LTC 4400Teaching Middle and Secondary English/Language Arts III3
LTC 4404Teaching Middle School Language Arts III Field Experience1
LTC 4410Teaching, Engaging and Assessing Middle-Level Students3
ED_LPA 4060Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society II3
SPC_ED 4310Behavioral and Classroom Management3
LTC 4971Internship and Capstone Seminar12
Internship and Capstone Seminar - Honors (Honors students can choose to enroll in 6 credit hours of LTC 4971H and 6 credit hours of LTC 4971 to fulfill 12 credit hour requirement for Internship and Capstone Seminar.)
Content Area
ENGLSH 2010Intermediate Composition3
or ENGLSH 2015HW Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing Seminar - Honors/Writing Intensive
ENGLSH 2100Writing About Literature3
or ENGLSH 2100H Writing About Literature - Honors
Choose 2 of 36
Structure of American English
History of the English Language
Regional and Social Dialects of American English
Eng. Literature (Adolescent literature recommended) (see advisor for course list)3
English Literature (see advisor for course list)3
English Elective (see advisor for course list)3
English Elective (see advisor for course list)3

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
Cultural Diversity Requirement3IS_LT 24673
ENGLSH 10003General Education Math Requirement3
Humanities (Not English)3American History or Government3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3ENGLSH 20103
 13 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
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3Writing Intensive3
Social or Behavioral Science3Lab Science3
ENGLSH 21003Eng. Literature (Adolescent Recommended)3
Elective3English Literature3
 16 16
Third Year
LTC 43803LTC 4390W3
LTC 43841LTC 43941
SPC_ED 40203LTC 45653
LTC 44603ENGLSH 4610, 4620, or 46003
ENGLSH 4600, 4610, or 46203English Elective3
Elective3English Elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
LTC 44003LTC 497112
LTC 44041 
LTC 4410W3 
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 43103 
 16 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.

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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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