Although students choose Mizzou for a variety of reasons, most choose education for the same reason: to help all learners achieve.

Our faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that all teacher education candidates will be successful and competent professional educators. As a research-intensive institution, faculty members engage in scholarship that directly informs the practice of teaching and teacher education. Candidates have the unique opportunity to complete their coursework in classrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

All the teacher education programs involve intensive field-based experiences beginning sophomore year. Both elementary and special education programs culminate in a year-long senior year internship—Senior Year On-Site Program (SYOSP), which provides opportunities for candidates to develop strong relationships with students and staff in one school.

Don’t forget about the Mizzou Teach Abroad Programs and the opportunity to make friends right away through MU’s Freshmen Interest Groups.

The state of Missouri requires that graduates from a baccalaureate program have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher, a GPA of 3.00 or higher in professional education, and a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the specific content area for which certification is sought.

Bachelor’s Degrees leading to Teacher Certification

Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Science

HDFS undergraduate programs help students develop critical thinking skills about evidence in the science of relationships and development. Students build in-demand, practical skills for working with people in many stages of life, in many types of relationships, and across many social and cultural contexts.

Graduates are equipped for diverse careers working with children, adults, and families. HDFS graduates can also translate these skills to other professional spheres like business settings or prepare for advanced graduate study.

Bachelor of Educational Studies

Are you looking to make a positive impact on education with a career outside of the traditional classroom?

The Bachelor of Educational Studies (BES) degree is perfect for students who wish to study education, technology-based learning, leadership, and organizational change but do not wish to be certified as K- 12 teachers. The BES degree provides a foundation in theory, research, and practice with the flexibility to personalize a program of study based on individual interests.

There are two emphasis areas:

Career examples:

  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Game Design
  • Student Affairs
  • Community Coordinator
  • Corporate Trainer

Choose from an online degree, where all required courses are offered online, or hybrid – a combination of online and  on campus courses. Click here to learn more.

Please note this degree program does not lead to state certification to teach in the public school system.