BSEd in Secondary Education with Emphasis in Social Studies

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 & 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 secondary 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 Secondary social studies provide you with experience in the methods of teaching social studies. Education courses include an introduction to social studies education, methodology for teaching science and assessment within the field. Inquiry courses focus on how issues related to schools, family, community, and society affect educators, classroom management, and special needs learners.

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.

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
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 4560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4541Reading and Writing in the Social Studies3
LTC 4544Reading and Writing in the Social Studies Field1
LTC 4460Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages3
or LTC 4460H Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Honors
Advanced Experiences
LTC 4550Assessment in Social Studies3
LTC 4554Secondary Social Studies III Field Experience1
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 (courses cannot double dip with professional education or within the the content area sub-categories)
American History12
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
HIST 1400 can replace HIST 1100 & HIST 1200. An additional course in American History required to earn a minimum of 12 credit hours in American History.
American History Required Elective Courses Options6
HIST 1410African American History3
HIST 2100The Revolutionary Transformation of America3
or HIST 2100H The Revolutionary Transformation of America - Honors
HIST 2120The Young Republic3
or HIST 2120H The Young Republic - Honors
HIST 2150The American Civil War: A Global History3
HIST 2210Twentieth Century America3
HIST 2220America in the 1960's3
HIST 2240Flight in America: From the Wright Brothers to the Space Age3
or HIST 2240H Flight in America: From the Wright Brothers to the Space Age - Honors
HIST 2400Social History of U.S. Women3
HIST 2410African American Women in History3
HIST 2422Nature's Nation: Disease, Disaster, and Ecology in American History3
HIST 2430History of American Religion3
HIST 2440History of Missouri3
or HIST 2440H History of Missouri - Honors
HIST 2445American Constitutional Democracy3
HIST 3000History of Religion in America to the Civil War3
HIST 3010Colonial America3
HIST 3200Black Freedom Movement, 1955-19733
HIST 3210History of Religion in Post-Civil War America3
HIST 3220U.S. Women's Political History, 1880-Present3
HIST 4000Age of Jefferson3
HIST 4010The Age of Jackson3
HIST 4040Slavery and the Crisis of the Union: The American Civil War Era3
HIST 4060The Period of the American Revolution, 1760-17893
HIST 4070Indians and Europeans in Early America3
HIST 4100American Cultural and Intellectual History to 18653
HIST 4200American Cultural and Intellectual History Since 18653
HIST 4220U.S. Society Between the Wars 1918-19453
HIST 4230Our Times: United States Since 19453
HIST 4232White Collar and Celebrity Crime in 20th and 21st Century America3
or HIST 4232H White Collar and Celebrity Crime in 20th and 21st Century America - Honors
HIST 4235The Wire: Race, Urban Inequality, and the "Crisis" of the American City3
HIST 4260The Age of Ascendancy: U.S. Foreign Relations, 1945 - Present3
HIST 4270African-Americans in the Twentieth Century3
or HIST 4270H African-Americans in the Twentieth Century - Honors
HIST 4280America in the Reagan Years3
or HIST 4280H America in the Reagan Years - Honors
HIST 4290Innovation in 20th and 21st Century America3
HIST 4303Black Studies in Race, Class, Gender and U.S. Policy3
HIST 4310Adoption, Child Welfare and the Family, 1850-Present3
HIST 4400History of American Law3
HIST 4415African Americans and American Justice3
HIST 4425The Superhero in American Culture From Washington to Wolverine3
HIST 4430The Great West in American History3
HIST 4440History of the American Environment3
HIST 4445American Political Economy from the Commerce Clause to the Great Recession3
HIST 4821Constitutionalism in the Americas3
HIST 4900Beltway History: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice3
World History6
HIST 1500Origins of European History3
or HIST 1500H Origins of European History - Honors
HIST 1510History of Modern Europe3
or HIST 1510H History of Modern Europe - Honors
Global History/Cultural History3
HIST 1405Understanding Africa3
HIST 1790History of Early Africa3
HIST 1800History of Modern Africa3
HIST 1830Survey of East Asian History3
HIST 1840Colonial Latin America3
or HIST 1840H Colonial Latin America - Honors
HIST 1850Latin America Since Independence3
HIST 1871History of China in Modern Times3
HIST 1872Mao's China and Beyond: China Since 19493
HIST 2820Taiwan: The First Chinese Democracy3
HIST 2904Black Studies in Slavery and Freedom3
HIST 3505History of Ancient Egypt3
HIST 3815Africa and the World: Studies in African Histories, Cultures and Politics3
HIST 3820Twentieth Century China3
HIST 3845Rights and Revolutions in Asia3
HIST 3860History of Mexico3
HIST 3870Social Revolution in Latin America3
HIST 4270African-Americans in the Twentieth Century3
or HIST 4270H African-Americans in the Twentieth Century - Honors
HIST 4303Black Studies in Race, Class, Gender and U.S. Policy3
HIST 4800Modern China and Japan: War, Imperialism and Memory3
HIST 4825Africa from the Slave Trade to Independence3
HIST 4835Race and Politics in South Africa3
HIST 4870Southeast Asia Since the Eighteenth Century3
HIST 4880Chinese Migration: From Yellow Peril to Model Minority3
BL_STU 1000Introduction to Black Studies3
or BL_STU 1000H Introduction to Black Studies - Honors
BL_STU 1705Introduction to Black Studies in Culture3
or BL_STU 1705H Introduction to Black Studies in Culture - Honors
BL_STU 1720African-American Theatre History3
BL_STU 1801Introduction to Africa and the African Diaspora3
ANTHRO 2030Cultural Anthropology3
or ANTHRO 2030H Cultural Anthropology - Honors
ANTHRO 2100Indigenous Religions3
or ANTHRO 2100H Indigenous Religions - Honors
ANTHRO 3470Culture as Communication3
SOCIOL 1500Introduction to Native American and Indigenous Studies3
WGST 2250Gender, Race, Class and Sexuality in the Americas3
WGST 2400Social History of U.S. Women3
WGST 4550Gender and Human Rights in Cross Cultural Perspective3
H_D_FS 2300Multicultural Study of Children and Families3
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014H Principles of Microeconomics-Honors
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
or ABM 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
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
or GEOG 1550 Introduction to the Humanized Earth
Political Science6
POL_SC 1100American Government3
or POL_SC 1100H American Government - Honors
POL_SC 1400International Relations3
or POL_SC 1400H International Relations - Honors
or POL_SC 2700 Comparative Political Systems
or POL_SC 2700H Comparative Political Systems - Honors
Psychology Course 1000+3
Sociology or Anthropology3
Sociology Course 1000+
Anthropology Course 1000+

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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 10003IS_LT 24673
Humanities 3General Education Math Requirement3
HIST 11003Humanities3
Elective3HIST 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
Humanities & Writing Intensive3Lab Science3
Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3Biological, Physical, Mathematical Science3
GEOG 1100, 1200, or 15503POL_SC 11003
Sociology 1000+ or Anthropology 1000+3Psychology 1000+3
 16 16
Third Year
LTC 45303LTC 45413
LTC 45341LTC 45441
SPC_ED 40203LTC 44603
LTC 45603HIST 15103
POL_SC 1400 or 27003American History Elective3
HIST 15003Economics3
 16 16
Fourth Year
LTC 45503LTC 497112
LTC 45541 
ED_LPA 40603 
SPC_ED 43103 
American History Elective3 
Global History/Cultural History Course3 
 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.

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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