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Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - Business Education Concentration

Middle School-Junior High School, BSE - Business Education Concentration

Teaching middle school and junior high students offers many rewards. Today’s children are more business savvy than ever. They are eager to learn how to take on the world. Help them build the foundation they need for success by earning a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the University of Central Missouri. In UCM’s Middle School Education program, with a focus on Business Education, you’ll not only learn how to be a teacher but will also get an education specific to teaching tomorrow’s business leaders.

UCM’s Middle School Business Teacher Education degree

While most college education programs are geared toward elementary students, UCM gives you an advantage in the career field by offering an undergraduate program focused on teaching middle and junior high students. We’ve been accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation longer than any other Missouri public institution and offer one of the largest stand-alone middle school programs in the state. We’ll help you understand the age group you wish to teach and give you a greater edge by providing instruction specific to becoming a business education teacher.

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99% job placement rate

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On- and off-campus student involvement

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National recognition for middle-level ed

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Long-standing CAEP accreditation

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NBEA-endorsed for business education

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All faculty have classroom experience

 

 

What you will study

When completing your Middle School Business Teacher Education degree at the University of Central Missouri, you can expect a smart balance of classroom instruction and hands-on experience.

Plan to attend classes on our Warrensburg campus. Here, you’ll learn from UCM faculty who have first-hand knowledge on how middle school and junior high classrooms work. Their experience will help you understand how to be a teacher and relate to your students.

Coursework for your Middle School Business Teacher Education degree

Not only has our BSE program been nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), but our Middle School Business Education program is also endorsed by the National Business Education Association (NBEA).

Courses specific to UCM’s Middle School Business Education concentration cover various aspects of business, including emerging technologies and business skills. These are taught by subject matter experts from the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies to provide you with a first-rate education in your chosen area of focus.

 

National Rankings

  • This UCM Middle School-Junior High School degree program offers first-rate teaching instruction and business education as demonstrated by its Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE) recognition and National Business Education Association (NBEA) endorsement.
  • 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 UCM’s Business Teacher degree program

Learn how to be a teacher in the best place possible: an actual middle school or junior high classroom. You’ll spend half of three semesters in the field, where you’ll work with a business education teacher and get constructive feedback on your teaching technique. You’ll also complete student teaching in your final semester. Together, these opportunities provide real-world experience you won’t find in other programs.

Network with other undergraduate students completing a Middle School Business Teacher degree

You’ll form close relationships with others who are also learning to be teachers as you enter the field together. Other opportunities for collaboration on and off campus include:

  • Student Missouri State Teachers Association
  • Collegiate Middle Level Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi, an international honors society for education
  • Phi Kappa Phi, a national honors society for education
  • Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda
  • Collegiate DECA

 

What can you do with a Middle School Teacher degree in Business Education from UCM?

Landing a job as a business education teacher soon after graduation is the standard of excellence here. UCM’s middle school and junior high school BSE program boasts a 99% job placement rate. Our graduates, certified to teach grades 5 through 9, have gone on to work in districts across Missouri. These include:

  • Holden School District
  • Warrensburg R-VI School District
  • Grain Valley Schools
  • Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
  • Blue Springs School District
  • St. Louis Public Schools

Your job opportunities as a middle school business education teacher

To help understand your job opportunities with a Middle School Business Teacher Education degree from UCM, use the interactive tool below. Discover what a career in business education offers you.

 

 
 


 

Financial assistance options for your Middle School Business Education Teacher degree

A BSE in Business Education at the Middle or Junior High level will not only enrich your life but also those of the students who pass through your classroom doors each year. As you research how to be a teacher, look to these University of Central Missouri resources for help in funding your college education. Among them are the UCM Scholarship Finder, which can help uncover opportunities such as:

  • Curriculum and Instruction Retired Faculty Outstanding Student Teacher Award: Available to an outstanding student teacher as nominated by faculty
  • CenturyLink University of Central Missouri Scholarship: Available to a student pursuing an Education or Business/Economics degree, among others 
  • Genge Family Scholarship: For a full-time student pursuing a degree in marketing or Business Teacher Education from UCM
  • Wilda Dean Creighton Memorial Scholarship: For a junior or senior student pursuing a degree in Business Education at UCM

 

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Take your degree further.

Expand your knowledge and enhance your career with a UCM graduate degree: 

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Make yourself more marketable.

Pair your Middle School Business Teacher Education degree with a minor that offers more value to your future employers and students:

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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
  • Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda
  • Collegiate DECA

Accreditations

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UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri

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

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

 

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