COE: BES: Park and Museum Program
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Museums, science centers, zoos and aquariums, parks, field stations and public gardens are a few examples of institutions that have informal education at the heart of their operations. UMSL’s BES program with an emphasis in Park and Museum Programs prepares students to help these and similar institutions in fulfilling their educational missions.

In UMSL’s BES program, students gain skill and insights that can be applied as innovative educators, program managers, activity directors and as curriculum developers in these informal learning settings. BES students in the Park and Museum Programs emphasis will be prepared for employment opportunities in organizations such as museums, science centers, children’s museums, national parks, and a variety of cultural institutions. 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.

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. Currently, the BES program offers internship experiences at recognized St. Louis institutions such as the St. Louis Science Center, Challenger Learning Center, Contemporary Art Museum and the Saint Louis Zoo. These and other sites provide opportunities to work with both suburban and urban populations of all ages and for students to participate in a variety of work roles and experiences.

Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

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


Slide 1 UMSL BES program weaves student’s passion with opportunity
Barbara O’Dell brings a wealth of positive memories from her own childhood experiences to her internship interactions with children at the Saint Louis Science Center. (Photo courtesy of Sara Rambo)
Slide 2 BES Graduate Finds Her Way Through The Program
Initially hoping for getting an internship at the History Museum while she was still in the program, but what happened was even better: They called her right when she was about to graduate and offered a job at one of their new galleries.
Slide 3 Educational Studies student shows off her dream internship at the St. Louis Zoo
Erica credits her internship as a valuable way for her to learn about the field, make connections with others, all while obtaining hands-on experience.

Students in UMSL’s BES program with the Informal Science and Cultural Education emphasis have some of their courses in common with other BES students, and some of their course specific to the informal science and cultural education emphasis. For a list of these courses, see the emphasis area for Informal Science and Cultural Education in the requirements below.

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

Emphasis Area 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 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
or SOC 3600 Management and Organizational Behavior
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