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College of Education - Undergraduate programs

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, you will need to select a level of certification - early childhood, elementary, middle, or secondary. For some certifications you will also select a content area, such as mathematics, social studies, music or English. Programs for certifications in areas such as health and physical education, art education, or music education provide preparation to teach at all grade levels. Information about undergraduate programs is below to allow you to explore and select a program.

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
To become an elementary school teacher, you can obtain a BS or BA degree in elementary education with a four-year program at the Murray main campus. You may also build on a community college degree to earn a BS degree at regional campus sites in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville, or Paducah.

Undergraduate degrees:
• Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education (P-5)
• Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education (P-5)

HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
To become a health and physical education teacher, coursework includes preparation to teach grades from pre-kindergarten to 12th.

Undergraduate degree:
• Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physcial Education (P-12)

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
If you would like to be a teacher in the areas of business/marketing education, family and consumer sciences, or engineering and technology education you would select the Career and Technical Education (CTE) program.

Undergraduate degrees:
• Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technical Education with the following options:
   - Business and Marketing Education
   - Family and Consumer Sciences Education
   - Industrial Education
   - Technology Education

INTERDISCIPLINARY EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
This program prepares teacher to provide early intervention, care, and education for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children with and without disabilities.

Undergraduate degrees:
• Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0-P)
• Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0-P)
• Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (0-P) 2+2 Program

MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION
Teachers-to-be at the middle school level select two content areas from a list of four: mathematics, science, English/communications, and social studies to teach students in grades 5-9. This program is also offered located at two Murray State University regional sites - Madisonville and Paducah.

Undergraduate degrees:
• Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)
• Bachelor of Science degree in Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)

SECONDARY EDUCATION
Teachers of secondary certification teach grades 8-12, or 5-12, or P-12. A major or area in a content area such as mathematics, English, history, chemistry, biology, music or art is required. Courses in the content major are taken in that department while education courses and students teaching are taken in the College of Education.

Undergraduate degrees:
• Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education (Grades 8-12)
• Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (Grades 8-12)

SPECIAL EDUCATION
Teachers of special education work with students identified as having a learning disability, mild mental retardation, or behavior disorder. The undergraduate program offers dual certification in special education and elementary education or middle school or secondary education. This program is also offered located at two Murray State University regional sites - Madisonville and Paducah.

Undergraduate degrees:
• Bachelor of Arts degree in Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12)
  - Elementary and P-12 Dual Certification
  - Middle School and P-12 Dual Certification
• Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education (P-12)
  - Elementary and P-12 Dual Certification
  - Middle School and P-12 Dual Certification

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