COE: BES: Social Entrepreneurship
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Social entrepreneurs drive social change. They work in community and organizational contexts, harnessing creativity, innovation, and design thinking to meet the needs of people and the world around us. UMSL’s BES program with an emphasis in Social Entrepreneurship prepares students to design and implement action plans, build organizational and operational capacity, and accomplish their goals through social innovation.

In UMSL’s BES program, students gain skills and insights that can be applied as developers of educational products or services, program directors, community service professionals, and leaders of social ventures. For social entrepreneurship, half the skillset is business-oriented; thus, students take entrepreneurship courses offered through UMSL’s College of Business. But students also gain skills that help them work with others to address needs in society, especially needs related to social justice, education, and empowerment. Through the BES program, students have the opportunity to earn specific credentials and pursue academic minors related to their career goals. This degree program does not lead to Missouri teacher certification.

Internship experiences are a transformative part of an UMSL BES student’s coursework, allowing them to apply their knowledge and skills in a community-based context. BES students have pursued internship experiences at St. Louis institutions such as Beyond Housing, the Little Bit Foundation, Paraquad, and UMSL’s Community Innovation and Action Center. Internships and other service learning opportunities put students in contact with youth, women, children, veterans, and community residents of all ages. Internship projects allow students a chance to propose and/or implement social change initiatives that are effective, collaborative, and sustainable.

Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Duncan

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (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 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)

General Education Requirements

Students follow the University's General Education Requirements, Mathematical Skills, Advanced Expository Writing, American History and Government, and Cultural Diversity Requirements.  Students pursuing the Exercise Science emphasis area must take BIOL 1012 and BIOL 1013.

Foundations (Required Courses)

TCH ED 1001Early Clinical Experience: Community Agency1
TCH ED 2000Becoming a Professional Educator1
EDUC 2002Social Entrepreneurship3
CNS ED 2030Cultural Diversity and Social Advocacy3
EDUC 2222Interpretation: Connecting Audiences and Meaning3
ED PSY 2212Child and Adolescent Development3
PHY ED 2136Facilities Management3
EDUC 3170Grant Proposal Writing for Educators3
CNS ED 3200Interpersonal Skills in Helping Relationships3
ED FND 3251Black Americans in Education3
MKTG 3721Introduction to Digital Marketing Strategies3
ED TECH 4302Educational Technology Instruction in Educational Agencies3
Total Hours32
Required Courses
ENT 10013
ENT 30403
ENT 4001Accelerate Capstone3
Elective Courses 112
Choose four of the following courses:
MKTG 3785
Women in International Entrepreneurship
ST ART 2285
Entrepreneurship for the Visual Arts (Entrepreneurship for the Visual Arts)
MGMT 4614
Entrepreneurship/Small Business Management
Entrepreneurship in the Global Environment
SCMA 3301
Introduction to Supply Chain Management
SCMA 4347
Introduction to Project Management
Total Hours21

 Additional entrepreneurship courses may be taken with the approval of the B.E.S. coordinator.