Best online programs, US News, Bachelors 2022Are 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. Students can pursue an emphasis area in either Educational Games & Simulations Design or Educational Leadership, or they can design a personalized program based on individual interests.

The BES degree offers an interdisciplinary approach and provides a foundation in theory, research, and practice with the flexibility to personalize a program of study based on individual interests.

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

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

For more information about the online program, please visit Mizzou Online.

Graduates of this degree pursue careers in a variety of areas, including

  • Educational policy
  • Student Affairs
  • Health policy
  • Grant writing
  • Library support
  • Games and simulations for learning, design and development
  • Multimedia design and development
  • After-school enrichment programming
  • Non-profit educational enterprise
  • Human resources development
  • Allied health
  • Digital media production
  • Computer applications
  • Educational entrepreneurship

Program of Study

To earn this degree, you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours. This includes the following requirements:

  1. 45 hours of general education courses. For a full listing of online general education courses, click here and select online in the right hand column.
  2. 24 credits of core education courses
  3. 24 to 32 credits in your area of concentration

Contact Advising Services for more information about this degree.