BSEd in Middle School Education with Emphasis in Social Studies

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. Upon successfully completing the initial teacher certification process, the state grants you certification in middle school social studies. 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 Middle School Social Studies will teach you ways to support the social studies learning of middle school students.

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.

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 4530Introduction to Social Studies3
LTC 4534Secondary Social Studies I Field Experience1
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
or LTC 4460H Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Honors
LTC 4560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
LTC 4320Middle School Social Studies I3
LTC 4324Middle School Social Studies Field I1
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4565Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II3
Advanced-Level Experiences
LTC 4334Middle School Social Studies Field Experience II1
LTC 4550Assessment in Social Studies3
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
HIST 1100Survey of American History to 18653
or HIST 1100H Survey of American History to 1865 - Honors
HIST 1200Survey of American History Since 18653
or HIST 1200H Survey of American History Since 1865 - Honors
American History Required Elective (see advisor for course list)3
HIST 1500Origins of European History3
or HIST 1500H Origins of European History - Honors
or HIST 1510 History of Modern Europe
or HIST 1510H History of Modern Europe - Honors
World History Required Elective (see advisor for course list)3
Non-Western History/Cultural History Course (see advisor for course list)3
POL_SC 1100American Government3
or POL_SC 1100H American Government - Honors
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ABM 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
or ECONOM 1014H Principles of Microeconomics-Honors
GEOG 1100Regions and Nations of the World I3
or GEOG 1100H Regions and Nations of the World I - Honors
or GEOG 1200 Regions and Nations of the World II
or GEOG 1205H Regions and Nations General Honors
Psychology 1000+3

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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
Cultural Diversity Requirement3IS_LT 24673
ENGLSH 10003General Education Math Requirement3
Humanities3Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3
HIST 11003HIST 12003
 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
Lab Science3Humanities3
Humanities and Writing Intensive3Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3
Psychology 1000+3POL_SC 11003
HIST 1500 or 15103American History Elective3
 16 16
Third Year
LTC 45303LTC 43203
LTC 45341LTC 43241
SPC_ED 40203LTC 45653
LTC 45603LTC 44603
World History Elective3ECONOM 1014, ABM 1041, or ABM 10423
GEOG 1100, 1200, or 15503Non-Western History/Cultural History3
 16 16
Fourth Year
LTC 45503LTC 497112
LTC 43341 
LTC 44103 
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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