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Secondary Education, BSE - Business Teacher Education

Business Teacher Degree

As a business teacher, you’ll play an important role in helping students learn concepts of accounting, computer applications, management, computer science and web design. At the University of Central Missouri, our accredited Secondary Education program, with focus on Business Teacher Education, offers strategies for creating an exciting and interactive curriculum that keeps students engaged. 

Learn how a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from UCM can help you gain the experience, skills and credentials you need to teach tomorrow’s business leaders.

Why you should achieve business teacher certification at UCM

UCM is the state’s only public institution with a comprehensive Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Completing your Business Teacher degree through UCM will provide you with a comprehensive background in all aspects of CTE to become a well-rounded educator and a leader in the field. You’ll also understand how your future career fits into a bigger picture. Our faculty, who have all served as CTE teachers, know first-hand what you’ll need to be successful in a high school classroom. 

Your completion of UCM’s Business Teacher program fulfills all Missouri certification requirements and qualifies you for the state exam. Because we are committed to your success, know that our program offers flexibility to meet your needs as appropriate.

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50+ year history in business teacher ed

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Path to dual certification in marketing ed

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10:1 average student-faculty ratio

CAEP accreditation

NBEA endorsed and CAEP accredited

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State’s most extensive public CTE program

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Business and education associations

What you will study

When you complete your BSE degree with UCM to become a business teacher, you get the benefit of our rich, 50-plus year history combined with cutting-edge practices in education. The goal is to prepare you to be the best business teacher possible for today’s high school students.

Among the topics we’ll study together are:

  • Accounting
  • Consumer finance
  • Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Software applications and programming

The wide variety of content not only prepares you to teach students business but also helps you prepare them for life with practical, transferable skills.

Comprehensive and flexible Business Teacher degree program 

Classes are held on our Warrensburg campus, with some offered online for your convenience. No matter if you’re taking courses in person or online, you’ll learn how to engage students in grades 9 through 12 using a variety of tools and techniques. At the same time, you’ll make connections — and friendships — with other CTE students and Secondary Education majors to last a lifetime.


Excellence in Secondary Education

  • Top 15%: Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • One of the Most Focused Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • One of the Most Focused Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 4.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5%: Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Best Value in Education (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities for business teachers

At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll complete hands-on projects and real-world experiences on your path to become a business teacher. Enjoy these benefits of completing your Business Teacher degree at UCM:

  • Use of Active Learning Classrooms: UCM faculty aim to keep you engaged using the latest business equipment and technology in our newly renovated classrooms, including our Wall Street classroom.
  • Tremendous field experience: Field experiences start your sophomore year, when you’ll observe a CTE teacher in the classroom, before transitioning to co-teaching and then leading instruction. In fact, you can expect to gain extensive experience in a high school classroom before you begin student teaching your final semester.
  • Participation in various student organizations: Meet other future business teachers when you join DECA, Project CTE or the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Phi Beta Lambda chapter. You can also network with students in other Education programs at UCM and other colleges and universities as a member of the Student Missouri State Teachers Association.


What can you do with a Business Teacher degree from UCM?

After graduating with your Business Teacher degree from UCM, you’ll be certified to teach grades 9 through 12, as well as middle school students, in Missouri. You may also be interested in leading your school’s DECA or FBLA student organization.

Other employment options with your Business Teacher degree include corporate training programs, career centers, adult education programs and federal job training programs, among others.

Understanding your career options with a Business Teacher degree

UCM faculty will gladly help you find your career path. They’ll even work with you to transfer your teaching license if you want to teach outside of Missouri. Their dedication to our students’ success, along with a relevant and thoughtful curriculum, has helped us maintain a high job placement rate of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Business Teacher Education.

To get a head start in understanding the opportunities that lie ahead of you, use the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Business Teacher degree

When making plans to become a business teacher, you may research ways to finance your college education. To help make this easier for you, the University of Central Missouri provides information on grants, loans and work-study opportunities.

Scholarships for a future business teacher

Students pursuing a Business Teacher degree from UCM can apply for a variety of scholarships, including:

  • Beulah Gutridge Winfrey Scholarship in Business Education
  • Genge Family Scholarship
  • Dr. Patsy E. Kettinger-Prugh Secondary Education Business Teacher Education Scholarship
  • Wilda Dean Creighton Memorial Scholarship
  • Voncile Bowen Huffman Scholarship

Additional scholarships are available through UCM’s College of Education. You can search for these and others using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Graduates of our Business Teacher Education program often return to UCM for a master’s degree. Consider one of these to add greater value to your classroom or to expand your career horizons: 

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Make yourself more marketable.

A Marketing minor can help you earn dual certification in business and marketing education for more versatility when applying for jobs:

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Explore programs related to business teacher education.

With an interest in our Business Teacher degree, you may also want to consider another business-related major or even double major in one of the following: 



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


The Business Education program is endorsed by the National Business Education Association


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