BSED Four-Year Degree Plan

Becoming an expert in two content areas

In the middle school education program, you must complete one of the following program options consisting of two separate content areas. Each option will total 48 hours. This requirement is met by combining 18 hours of coursework required for general education and your degree requirements, and 24-30 additional hours in one of the six option areas. You can choose from the following six content area combinations:

  • Language arts and social sciences
  • Language arts and mathematics
  • Language arts and sciences
  • Mathematics and social sciences
  • Mathematics and science
  • Science and social sciences

Our department is committed to assisting you to graduate in four years. Below is a four-year sample for our middle school education degree, however, your actual schedule may vary.

Check out the Reading, Foundations and Technology course rotation before scheduling your classes.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
MTH 130 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
BIO 100 Biological Science for Educators 4
Total hours15

Second semester (spring) - Take the MoGEA

EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 0
GEC 110 Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
ENG 110 Writing I 3
PHY 101 Physics by Inquiry for Educators 4
GEC 111 Human Cultures Humanities 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
Total hours16

Third semester (fall)

ENG 210 Writing II: Writing Across the Disciplines 3
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877
or HST 122 Survey of the History of the United States Since 1877
GEC 115 Public Affairs - Cultural Competence (Social Studies content must choose GRY 100) 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3
Total hours15

Fourth Semester (spring) - Take the MEP

SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 3
PSY 360 Educational Psychology 3
GEC 116 Public Affairs - Public Issues 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3
Total hours18

Fifth semester (fall)

MID 400 Philosophy, Curriculum, and Organization of Middle School Education 3
EDC 350 School and Society 3
SPE 340 Educational Alternative for Exceptional Students 2
GEC 112 Human Cultures - The Arts 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3
Total hours17

Sixth semester (spring)

MID 439 Middle School Instructional Strategies 3
Methods course in your chosen area 3
RDG 318 Foundations of Literacy Instruction 3
Content area coursework 3
Content area coursework 3
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall) - Take the Content Assessment

RDG 474 Reading and Writing in the Content Fields 3
Methods course in chosen area 3 (4)
EDC 345 Introduction to Multicultural Education and Diversity 3
EDT 365 Educational Applications of Technology and Media 3
Content area coursework 3
Total hours14-15

Eighth semester (spring)

MID 493 Supervised Teaching (Middle School) 6
MID 494 Supervised Teaching (Middle School) 6
Total hours12
Requirements for admission to Teacher Education include:  Passing all sections of the Missouri State Board of Education entry examination, completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), EDC 150 completed with a “P”, COM 115 completed “C”>, SEC 302 completed “C”>, a 2.75 GPA, Family Care Safety Registry on file and Checkpoint One. When requirements are met, the PEC will evaluate your credentials for admission to T.E.  There is no application to fill out.
  As per DESE directives, the following GPA requirements are effective fall 2013:
                2.75 overall GPA for admission to Teacher Education program
                2.75 overall GPA and 3.00 content (major)  GPA for assignment to supervised teaching
                2.75 overall GPA, 3.00 content (major)  GPA and 3.00 GPA in Professional Education for graduation &

                              certification recommendation

                  (Individual programs will determine at what point in the program content