BES: Youth and Adult Development

Innovative education... Engaged educators

Education is a significant component of many organizations that are outside the traditional structure of schools. For example, governmental agencies that focus on delivering services frequently include informing clients and providing educational programs as part of their core work. Many not-for-profit institutions and non-governmental organizations also have an educational focus as part of their mission. Organizations like these train and educate their staff members as well as their clients. UMSL’s BES program with an emphasis in Youth and Adult Development is designed to prepare professionals who will help these agencies and organizations in fulfilling the educational aspects of their missions.

In UMSL’s BES program, students gain skills and insights that can be applied as innovative educators, program managers, activity directors, trainers and as curriculum developers in these informal learning settings BES students in the Youth and Adult Development emphasis will find employment opportunities in organizations that work with after-school and youth programs, programs for special needs audiences and not-for-profit organizations that provide counseling and emergency services. Through the BES program, students have the opportunity to earn specific credentials, as needed, and to pursue academic minors related to their individual career goals. Traditional state teacher certification is not required for this emphasis area.

The Youth and Adult Development BES program is based on current research of best practices for effective teaching of youth and adults outside of the classroom setting. The program addresses educational theories and practice, curriculum emergence and development in informal education, human development theory and practice, diversity, advocacy, and family partnerships for education.

Through our strong internship offerings, UMSL BES students have opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of field and community based experiences which are included as part of their professional course work. These internship experiences take place in a variety of settings in the St. Louis region. Internships at signature organizations such as the St. Louis ARC, Dolan Houses Memory Care, Girls Inc., and UMSL SUCCEED offer authentic work site experiences with both suburban and urban populations. Built into the BES program is the flexibility for students to have a tailor-made culminating experience related to their professional goals and future career needs.

Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

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


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Bachelor of Educational Studies

The B. E. S. is a  professional degree designed for individuals who wish to study Education as a  scholarly discipline in preparation for a career in one of four areas:

(1) Early Childhood

(2) Exercise Science and Wellness

(3) Park and Museum Programs

(4) Youth and Adult Development

Students follow the University's General Education Requirements, Mathematical Skills, Advanced Expository Writing, American History and Government, and Cultural Diversity Requirements. Due to prerequisites of required courses all students must take PSYCH 1003 and POL SCI 1100. Students pursuing the Exercise Science emphasis area must take BIOL 1012BIOL 1013, and MATH 1030.

Foundations (Required Courses)

EDUC 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
EDUC/PHYS ED 2136Facility Management
EDUC 3170Grant Proposal Writing for Educators3
ED FND 3251Black Americans in Education3
ED FND 4330History of American Education through the Lens of Social Justice3
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
or PSYCH 2272 Developmental Psychology: Adulthood And Aging
ED REM 4730Program Assessment and Evaluation3
ED TECH 4302Educational Technology Instruction in Educational Agencies3
or ED TECH 4436 Computer-Mediated Teaching and Learning in Education
MKTG 3721Introduction to Digital Marketing Strategies3
THEATR 3362Storytelling3
Total Hours29

Program Requirements

Students must complete the requirements for one Academic Minor chosen in consultation with the advisor. The minor and electives in a related area must total 21 hours.

Suggested Minors

Suggested Courses
MEDIA ST 2211Introduction to Digital Multimedia Production3
MEDIA ST 2222Convergence and Digital Media3
MGMT/SOC 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
SOC WK 2000Social Work and Social Issues3
HLTH PE 3380Introduction to Nutrition for Health and Performance3
Total Hours15