Train and educate.

Many not-for-profit institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations that are outside the traditional structure of schools have staff members and clients who need training and education. Employment opportunities exist in organizations that work with after-school and youth programs, programs for special needs audiences and not-for-profit organizations that provide counseling and emergency services.


Program type:

Major, BES



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Adult Education Class

Bachelor of Educational Studies -

Youth and Adult Development Emphasis

The BES, with an emphasis in Youth and Adult Development, prepares professionals to help agencies and organizations fulfill the educational aspects of their missions. Skills and insights gained can be applied to roles as innovative educators, program managers, activity directors, trainers and curriculum developers in these informal learning settings. This degree program does not lead to Missouri teacher certification.

This program is based on current best practices for effective teaching of youth and adults outside of a traditional classroom setting and addresses educational theories and practice, curriculum development in informal education, human development, diversity, advocacy and family partnerships.

Outcomes and Career Outlook

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able apply a unique understanding of social justice by addressing institutional and social barriers that limit access, equity, and achievement; conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner that views failure as an opportunity to learn; apply reasoning and critical thinking while making connections among information, data and arguments to synthesize and interpret information; apply unique leadership, management and communication skills using oral, written, nonverbal and visual communication skills in a variety of formats and contexts; apply knowledge and skills to effectively manage programs; and demonstrate a unique application of best practices when teaching outside a traditional classroom setting.



Median annual salary


Employment growth by 2032

Career Opportunities

  • Curriculum Director
  • Education Director
  • Program Manager
  • Training Specialist


Plan of study

All majors must meet the general education requirements of the university in addition to completing degree-specific curriculum requirements.

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Non-Missouri Residents: Prospective students are responsible for reviewing the  NC-SARA state authorizations page to see if this program is offered in their state throughout their program and to review the licensure or certification requirements for the state in which they reside.

Student organizations

Make new friends and learn new skills by joining one of our Recognized Student Organizations. Here are several opportunities you may be interested in as an education major:

  • EduCATE: Collegiate Association of Teachers and Educators
  • OSI Leadership Education Programs / Advanced Leaders
  • Student Government Association
  • Students of the University of Missouri

Internship opportunities

The College of Education hosts many centers and initiatives that enhance student experiences in our programs and work with more than 36 different public, private and charter schools throughout the region. We also sponsor eight charter schools.

Honors College

The UMSL Honors College is a certificate program that can be paired with any major without adding extra classes or extending time to graduate. Classes in the Honors College are seminar-style, meaning that they are based in reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. This unique class format fosters an intellectual climate centered around democracy, diversity, civility and academic excellence.

Undergraduate research

We encourage and support students as they engage in exciting activities in and outside of the classroom that enrich their academic and professional understanding of their chosen area of study. All majors are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Research and Scholarship to produce discipline-specific intellectual or creative innovations to their field.