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Educational Studies and Training, BS

Educational Studies Degree

The University of Central Missouri’s Educational Studies bachelor’s degree program transforms your work experience and passion for teaching into new opportunities in the dynamic field of career and technical education. We are proud to be the longest continuously CAEP-accredited public institution in Missouri.

Our Educational Studies major gives you the knowledge and skills needed to teach and train in a variety of educational and industrial settings. For example, you’ll learn how to:

  • Develop instructional materials 
  • Use data to improve student learning and performance
  • Become an effective CTE classroom and laboratory manager

You’ll also meet the Missouri Teacher Standards (MTS) at the introductory level or above. 

Online Educational Studies degree 

Earning your bachelor’s degree shouldn't take a back seat to your busy life. With your active lifestyle in mind, we offer our educational studies major 100% online. Your courses will meet online or once a month during the evening to work around your other commitments. This way, you can learn on your own schedule and complete your bachelor’s degree while balancing your professional and personal responsibilities.

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What you will study

What is educational studies? UCM’s Educational Studies degree is a “2+2” program that builds on your associate degree to expand your career and technical competencies. With a BS in Educational Studies and Training, you can apply coursework toward Career & Technical Education Temporary Authorization Certification (CTAC) through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) or your own state’s Department of Education. 

You can earn course credit for your work experience in the automotive industry, health sciences, Registered Apprenticeships, culinary schools, EMT training, the military, cosmetology and many more. This field is closely related to academic advisor degrees and career education degrees.

Depending on your interests, you can choose from undergraduate courses in four core areas:

  • Curriculum and Methods: Learn instructional methods and strategies, including reinforcing effort and providing recognition.
  • Methods of Teaching Career and Technical Education: Explore the principles and techniques of presenting information, giving demonstrations and facilitating student learning.
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment: Find out how to use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate student learning and tailor instruction to meet individual needs.
  • Classroom Management and Interactions: Develop authentic and applicable classroom management knowledge and strategies that enhance and enrich teaching and learning.

UCM’s Career Education degree is part of the only comprehensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in Missouri. In addition to an instructional design course, the bachelor’s program offers courses across CTE content areas, as well as industry training areas.


Excellence in Educational Studies and Training

  • UCM is the longest continuously accredited public institution in Missouri through the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation. The seal assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P–12 student learning.
  • Our Business Education program is endorsed by the National Business Education Association (NBEA). It is the leading professional organization serving individuals and groups involved in the instruction, administration, research and dissemination of information for and about business.
  • Our Family Consumer Sciences program is nationally accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
  • VIQTORY named UCM a Military Friendly® Bronze School for 2021–2022, reflecting its commitment to serving active duty military members and veterans.
  • Colleges of Distinction recognized UCM as one of the 2021–2022 Best Colleges for You for providing a personalized experience of student engagement, teaching, community and outcomes.


What can you do with an Educational Studies degree from UCM?

At the University of Central Missouri, our graduates excel in an ever-changing world. You’ll be in good company as you take the next step in your teaching career. 95% of our graduates are employed or continue their education within six months of graduation.

Many of our graduates go on to earn their teaching certification and work in a variety of learning environments, including:

  • Comprehensive high schools with career education programs
  • Career centers
  • Community colleges
  • Private proprietary schools
  • Adult evening schools
  • Public post-secondary programs
  • Industry apprenticeship programs
  • Federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) programs




Financial assistance options for Educational Studies majors

Our Educational Studies degree is designed for working adults with previous career, industry or education experience. Opportunities for financial assistance may differ from those available to traditional students. You may be able to finance your college education using industry scholarships, assistantships, grants or awards. 

To build your network and make the most of professional development opportunities, you’ll be encouraged to join the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (MoACTE). The state’s premier professional organization for career and technical educators offers:

  • An annual $500 scholarship to a current MoACTE member that can be used as payment toward tuition or career and technical professional development training/workshops
  • $250 stipends to two Missouri ACTE members who attend their first ACTE convention

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Build on your bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Training by continuing your education at UCM. 

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Make yourself more marketable.

Specialize your Educational Studies degree and boost your resume when you achieve one of the following undergraduate minors: 


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