COE: BS Ed: Secondary Education (9-12) | Social Studies
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The Social Studies Program is available for students who plan to teach social studies at the high school level. Social Studies Program students develop their content knowledge through history and social studies courses in the College of Arts and Sciences, learn teaching and assessment skills through certification courses in the College of Education, and gain real world experience in the classroom through internship and practicums at area schools. Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements also meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education teacher certification requirements for secondary social studies. Future employment can be found in public schools and private schools.

Students who already have a Bachelor's degree in one of the social studies content areas and are interested in becoming licensed teachers may earn post-baccalaureate teacher certification in Secondary Social Studies.

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To determine if this program meets the reciprocity requirements for like state educational certification programs outside the state of Missouri, follow this link for further contact information and resources.

Bachelor of Science in Education (BS Ed)

Contact Advisor:

Ellen Meadows

201 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-7697

mon-fri: 9a – 5p

The Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education degree prepares students to teach in secondary school settings, grades 9-12. This program requires the selection and completion of required coursework in a specific content area.

University General Education and Graduation Requirements

B.S.Ed. degree candidates must complete the following General Education requirements and Graduation requirements of the University as outlined in this Bulletin.

The courses listed below fulfill General Education requirements and best prepare students for advanced education coursework and licensure exams.

Core Areas:
First Year Writing
ENGL 11003
Communication Proficiency
EDUC 22223
or COMM 1040
Math Proficiency
MATH 1020undefined
or MATH 1030
Information Literacy
ED TECH 22303
American History or Government
POL SCI 11003
or HIST 1001
Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose any 9 hours from approved fields.9
Social Science
Choose any 9 hours. At least one course must meet the cultural diversity requirement 9
Math and Life/Natural Sciences
Choose any 9 hours.9
Junior Level Writing
ENGL 31003
Total Hours42

Program Requirements

All students in the B.S.Ed. in Secondary Education program are required to take the following Teacher Education courses. Each student must also select a content area and complete the required courses and certification assessments for that area as specified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Grade Requirement

Professional Education courses must be completed with a grade of C or better (courses completed with a grade of C- or below must be retaken).

GPA Requirement

Beginning with those students graduating in May 2017 who will also receive teaching certification, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires a 3.0 GPA in professional education courses, a 3.0 GPA in the teaching content field, and a 2.75 overall GPA.

Assessment Requirement

Students must pass the required DESE certification assessments to receive the B.S.Ed. degree.

Preparing for the Teacher Education Program

The following courses must be completed prior to applying for admission to the teacher education program:

TCH ED 1000undefined
TCH ED 1001undefined
TCH ED 2000undefined
TCH ED 2001undefined
TCH ED 2209undefined
ED PSY 2212undefined
Total Hours0

Teacher Education Program

The following courses are completed after acceptance into the teacher education program:

TCH ED 3001undefined
ED PSY 3312undefined
TCH ED 3310undefined
SPEC ED 3318undefined
TCH ED 4391undefined
SEC ED 4880 1undefined
Total Hours0

In addition to the above courses, students must complete 30-50 hours of required coursework in one specific content area (English , French K-12, Spanish K-12, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or social studies), as well as the appropriate methods course:

SEC ED 4011undefined
SEC ED 4240undefined
SEC ED 4589undefined
SEC ED 4646undefined
SEC ED 4885undefined
SEC ED 4985undefined

The program will culminate in the following practicum courses:

SEC ED 4989undefined
SEC ED 4990undefined

Total Credit Hours: 120 Minimum

Social Studies

Certification students must complete a major or an equivalent in hours in one of the following disciplines: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, or sociology. They must meet these minimum social science requirements:

  • American history, 12 hours including SEC ED 4013European or world history, 9 hours including
  • United States and/or state government, 6 hours including POL SCI 4090/SEC ED 4090Behavioral science, 6 hours
  • Economics, 3 hours
  • Geography, 3 hours
  • 2 hours of elective social studies credit.
  • Social science methods courses are SEC ED 4011
DESE Social Science (Grades 9-12) Certification
The College of Education will recommend you to the Missouri Department of Elementary/Secondary Education for teacher certification in Social Science 9-12 at the completion of this program if you have met all state requirements. To ensure that you have met all state requirements, please contact your advisor.