COE: Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)
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Innovative Education Outside the Traditional Classroom

UMSL’s College of Education offers the Bachelor of Educational Studies (the “BES”) for students excited about education, but looking for challenges outside the traditional classroom. The BES degree prepares students for a career as an educator in many agencies. Wherever education happens outside the classroom, BES graduates will be prepared to be skilled and confident leaders and innovators. Coursework builds around a student’s interests with a unique mix of education, management and content, including significant courses from across the University from Arts & Sciences, Social Work and Business:

  • One-third education courses
  • One-third management related courses
  • Content area concentration selected from a wide selection of minors and certificates

Wide varieties of institutions emphasize informal learning and do so in many different types of settings. These institutions are eager to hire people who have training and relevant experience in education, management, marketing, and technology. UMSL’s College of Education, responding to this need, has designed a distinctive, flexible and inter-disciplinary bachelor’s degree that emphasizes practical skills for multiple settings.

The BES is expressly designed for students who want a broad view of education and a career in educational settings outside the traditional classroom. Program flexibility allows students to choose emphasis areas and tailor coursework to align with their career aspirations. In-depth internship opportunities with select agencies offer students authentic work experiences and the opportunity to put their coursework into practice.

Real BES enthusiasts have an opportunity to receive a small scholarship by becoming BES Ambassadors. More information about the scholarship is available at

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
(314) 516-5932


Slide 1 Finding their voices: Adam and Rachel Morgan work to forge paths for neurodiverse individuals
Adam Morgan, a nonspeaking autistic person, struggled to communicate and be truly included in the classroom before receiving an iPad at 10 years old. Now, he’s pursuing a BES with an emphasis in entrepreneurship in the College of Education. His fight for autonomy inspired his mother, Rachel Morgan, to found the Adam Morgan Foundation, a nonprofit to support inclusive opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 2 Madeleine Trotier uses acrobatics and dance to educate with Circus Harmony
Madeleine Trotier (left), an UMSL College of Education graduate, uses her acrobatic and dance training to inform and inspire the youth of St. Louis with Circus Harmony. The nonprofit social circus uses the art of the circus performance to help children realize their creativity while teaching them perseverance, focus and teamwork. (Photos courtesy of Madeleine Trotier)
Slide 3 Education students hone entrepreneurial skills with help of UMSL Accelerate
Last semester’s “Social Entrepreneurship” class was led by Theresa Coble (front row, second from left) and saw increased collaboration with UMSL Accelerate. The class is is designed to teach the skills necessary to solve problems in society and identify sustainable models for social innovation. Over the course of a semester, students work in groups to develop innovative social ventures. (Photo courtesy of Dan Lauer)