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Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - Engineering and Technology Concentration

Bachelor of Science Education in Engineering and Technology

With an increased focus on engineering and technology in today’s schools, specialists are needed to lead the charge. Get the exact education and training you need to shape our future workforce at the University of Central Missouri. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Education degree for Middle School Education, which includes an Engineering and Technology Teacher Education (ETTE) option. Learn how to teach engineering and technology to middle school and junior high school students at UCM and get the edge you need in the job marketplace.

An Engineering and Technology degree for teaching middle school students

When you choose UCM for our ETTE program, you choose the only Missouri university recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). This is not only for our outstanding engineering and technology instruction but also for the training you’ll receive specific to teaching middle school and junior high students. 

UCM has held accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation longer than any other public university in Missouri. We also offer one of the state’s largest stand-alone middle school educator programs. This program is specifically designed to help you engage your desired age group in the classroom and provide them the education they need for success.

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99% job placement rate

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Early field-level, hands-on experiences

AMLE accreditation

Recognized by AMLE for middle-level ed

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Long-running accreditation by CAEP

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Only university in MO to be ITEEA-recognized

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Several related student associations


What you will study

As you learn to teach engineering and technology, expect to apply the in-class instruction you receive in an actual middle school classroom

Your experience will begin on our Warrensburg campus, where our faculty, who are former middle school and junior high teachers, will share proven strategies for teaching engineering and technology in middle schools. You’ll learn to develop curriculum and manage a classroom. You’ll also learn to engage your students as you become an education professional.

Coursework specific to engineering and technology

Prepare to teach your content area with extensive credit hours from UCM’s School of Technology in addition to a Methods of Teaching ETTE course. These classes will prepare you to teach topics such as construction, drafting, material processing and pre-engineering, among others. You can expect to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from UCM and also hold nationally certified pre-engineering program certifications.


National Rankings

  • UCM’s ETTE program combines outstanding middle school training with superior engineering and technology education, as confirmed by Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE) and International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) recognition.
  • A Best Value College for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Best Value Bachelor’s Degree College for Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education & Teaching (College Factual, 2022)
  • One of the Most Focused Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5%: Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 4.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in engineering and technology education

In UCM’s Bachelor of Science in Education degree program, you’ll get real-world experience to carry to your future classroom. We believe in hands-on learning and, in your sophomore year, will place you in a middle school or junior high classroom. UCM faculty have developed strong, collaborative relationships with our partner districts. Together, we create meaningful classroom experiences for you. Plan to spend half of each semester in the field until your last semester, when you’ll complete student teaching with the confidence already gained from previous experience.

Network with other Bachelor of Science in Education students 

We often hear from students that the friendships they make with other students are among their favorite aspects of our Middle School-Junior High School program. Outside of the classroom, these student associations also offer the opportunity to build friendships and camaraderie with your peers:

  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association 
  • Collegiate Middle Level Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi (international honor society in education)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (national honor society in education)
  • Technology Education Collegiate Association
  • International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
  • Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Technology Education Association of Missouri


What can you do with a degree in Engineering and Technology Education from UCM?

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree focused on Engineering and Technology are highly sought after by school districts in Missouri and nationwide. In fact, the University of Central Missouri is proud to have a 99% job placement rate for graduates of our Middle School-Junior High School programs. We can also help you land your dream career following your certification to teach grades 5 through 9, whether at a middle school or junior high school. You could even teach freshmen at a high school. 

Your future in engineering and technology education

We offer the interactive tool below to help you learn details related to your job opportunities with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. See what your future as an engineering and technology educator looks like.




Financial assistance options for your Bachelor of Science in Education

As you make plans to become an engineering and technology teacher, you may be looking for ways to finance your education. The University of Central Missouri wants to help you invest in your future, as well as that of your students, by providing access to resources such as grants, loans and work study opportunities. 

Several scholarship opportunities are also available for Education majors, including:

  • College of Education Scholarship Fund: For students within the College of Education and based on criteria determined by the department
  • Curriculum and Instruction Retired Faculty Outstanding Student Teacher Award: Awarded to an outstanding student teacher as nominated by UCM faculty
  • CenturyLink University of Central Missouri Scholarship: For a student pursuing an Education degree, among others 

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


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Student Learning Objectives

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Middle School/Junior High School program to:

  • Apply knowledge when making curricular decisions, planning and implementing instruction, participating in middle level practices, and providing healthy and effective learning environments for all young adolescents.
  • Use knowledge and available resources to design, implement, and evaluate challenging, developmentally responsive curriculum that results in meaningful learning outcomes.
  • Define the developmentally responsive middle level programs and schools, and they work successfully within middle level organizational components.
  • Use and reflect on research related to data-informed instruction and assessment. Employ a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies, information literacy skills, and technologies to meet the learning needs of all young adolescents.
  • Engage in practices and behaviors that develop their competence as middle level professionals. Demonstrate positive dispositions and engage in ethical professional behaviors.

Student Involvement

You will have multiple opportunities to be involved both on and off campus:

  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Collegiate Middle Level Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • TECA, UCM’s engineering and technology education student organization
  • ITEEA, the Engineering and Technology Teacher's professional national organization
  • MoACTE, Missouri's state organization for CTE
  • TEAM, Missouri's state organization for Engineering and Technology teachers



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


This program has been nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE)


Our ETTE program is the only university in Missouri recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)



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