COE: BES: Youth and Adult Development
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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


Slide 1 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 2 December graduate Zaymon Harris makes a difference educating outside of the classroom
Zaymon Harris graduated from the College of Education with a BES on Saturday. During his time at UMSL, Harris interned with Beyond Housing, an organization dedicated to helping communities succeed through individual programs and policy efforts focused on education, housing, health, job training, economic development and personal finance. This past summer, Harris helped develop the organization’s first virtual summer camp. His “Young King” sweatshirt was fashioned for him by one of his students, Leilani Billups. (Photo by August Jennewein)
Slide 3 BES grad heals trauma through music and nature
Educational studies major Kelcee Burton rekindled her love for music at UMSL while being involved on and off campus. During her time as a student, she served as a leader in the BES Club, mentored high school students at the Wyman Center and participated in a unique micro-internship program at Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

General Education Requirements

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)

TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
EDUC 2002Social Entrepreneurship3
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
or CNS ED 3200 Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships
PHY ED 2136Facilities Management3
EDUC 3170Grant Proposal Writing for Educators3.0
ED FND 3251Black Americans in Education3
THEATR 3362Storytelling3
MKTG 3721Introduction to Digital Marketing Strategies3
ED TECH 4302Educational Technology Instruction in Educational Agencies3
or ED TECH 4436 Computer-Mediated Teaching and Learning in Education
ED FND 4330History of American Education through the Lens of Social Justice3
Total Hours32

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
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Theresa Coble, Ph.D.
E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor of Experiential and Family Education