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:
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.
Part of a CAEP-accredited college
Nationally accredited by AAFCS
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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 choose to apply for teaching certification 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:
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.
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:
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:
You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Take your degree further.
Build on your bachelor’s degree in Educational Studies and Training by continuing your education at UCM.
Make yourself more marketable.
Specialize your Educational Studies degree and boost your resume when you achieve one of the following undergraduate minors:
Explore programs related to the Educational Studies degree and teacher certification.