Educational studies: Online bachelor’s degree
Bachelor of educational studies with an interdepartmental emphasis (BES)
These courses are 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.
Successful completion of this program requires 120 credit hours, which may include transfer credits from other regionally accredited institutions, at least 45 credit hours of general education course work, 32 in the field of education, and 24–32 in an area of concentration that aligns with your professional goals.
MU general education requirements
- MATH 1100 College Algebra or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Pre-, basic or intermediate algebra is not equivalent.
- ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation or equivalent* (3 credit hours). Typically known as Composition II at other institutions.
- Writing intensive courses* (5–6 credit hours). Two approved MU writing intensive courses that have ENGLSH 1000 as a prerequisite. One of these must be 3000 level or higher and within your major field of study.
- Math reasoning course* (3 credit hours). One approved math reasoning proficiency course that has MATH 1100 College Algebra as a prerequisite (e.g., STAT 1200, STAT 1300, CHEM 1320, PHYSCS 1210).
- American history or government.
* You must complete these courses with a grade of C- or better.
You must have at least one course at or above the 2000 level in two of the following three areas:
Area 1: Biological, physical and mathematical science (minimum 9 credit hours)
- Mathematical science includes courses in mathematics or statistics that have college algebra as a prerequisite.
- Include at least one biological or physical science and its related laboratory.
- Include courses from at least two different areas of science.
Area 2: Behavioral and social science (minimum 9 credit hours)
- Course work in psychology, sociology, history and political science.
- Include courses from at least two different departments.
Area 3: Humanities and fine arts (minimum 9 credit hours)
- Course work in such areas as art or music history, philosophy, religious studies and public speaking.
- Include courses from at least two different departments.
Sample plan of study
This is a sample 8-semester plan of study, reflecting a distribution of courses that fulfills the 120 hours required for graduation with the online BES.
Your individual plan of study will vary depending on your educational goals and the number and types of courses you transfer into the program. Determine your specific course choices in consultation with your academic adviser. Please do not self-advise.
Courses are 3 credit hours each, unless otherwise noted. The University reserves the right to change or cancel courses as needed.
Semester 1 (16 credit hours)
|LTC 1100 Orientation (1 credit hour)|
|ENGLSH 1000 Exposition and Argumentation*|
|MATH 1100 College Algebra*|
|POL_SC 1100 American Government|
|PHIL 1000 General Introduction to Philosophy|
|GEOG 1100 Regions and Nations of the World I|
Semester 2 (15 credit hours)
|LTC_V 4570 Career Guidance|
|HIST 1200 Survey of American History Since 1865|
|ECON 1014 Principles of Microeconomics|
|ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics|
|BIO_SC 1010 General Principles and Concepts of Biology|
Semester 3 (15 credit hours)
|ESC_PS 2400 Learning and Instruction (2 credit hours)|
|GEOL 1100 Principles of Geology with Laboratory (4 credit hours)|
|ENGLSH 3310 Survey of American Literature: 1865-Present|
|LTC_V 3510 Human Relations in Organizations|
|H_D_FS 2400W Principles of Human Development - Writing Intensive|
Semester 4 (15 credit hours)
|ESC_PS 4115 Human Learning|
|LTC_V 4210 Foundations of Adult Workforce Education|
|PHIL 2420 Ethical Issues in Business|
|SOCIOL 3310W Social Psychology - Writing Intensive|
|Concentration area course 1|
Semester 5 (15 credit hours)
|ESC_PS 4160 Developmental Aspects of Human Learning|
|SPC_ED 4300 Introduction to Special Education|
|ESC_PS 4200 Positive Psychology|
|Concentration area course 2|
|Concentration area course 3|
Semester 6 (14 credit hours)
|LTC_V 4750 Occupational Analysis (2 credit hours)|
|Concentration area course 4|
|Concentration area course 5|
Semester 7 (15 credit hours)
|LTC_V 4610 Field Study in Occupational Education|
|LTC_V 4811 Workforce Education Teaching Methods|
|Concentration area course 6|
|Concentration area course 7|
Semester 8 (15 credit hours)
|LTC_V 4770 Methods of Vocational Education for Special Needs Learners|
|LTC_V 4780 Development and Assessment of Vocational Technical Curriculum|
|LTC_V 4387 Seminar in Workforce Education (Capstone)|
|Concentration area course 8|
*You must complete these courses with a grade of C- or better.
How to apply
You may apply to the online bachelor of educational studies program as a freshman or, if you have at least 24 credit hours of applicable college level course work, as a transfer student.
To apply as a freshman, please follow the freshman admission process.
If you have 24 applicable credit hours, please follow the steps below.
Fulfill the admission requirements:
- Completed at least 24 credit hours of applicable college course work, including the equivalent of MATH 1100 or ENGLSH 1000 with a grade of C- or better.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in your college course work.
- If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
- Slightly different requirements apply if you transfer from within the UM System or already have an associate of arts degree from a regionally accredited Missouri community college. Please see the full list of requirements at the link under Step 3 below.
Mark your calendar
Submit your application in time.
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Gather your papers
In the online application, you will need to supply:
- Your name and contact information
- Citizenship, residency and visa information (if applicable)
- Names and locations of previous college or high school and dates you attended
You also will need to contact all your previous colleges or universities to request they send your official transcripts to
- Office of Admissions
- University of Missouri
- 230 Jesse Hall
- Columbia, MO 65211
Complete the online application
You can check admission requirements, transfer equivalencies and financial aid opportunities within the application.
Ask us about this program
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This program is administered by the College of Education.