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College of Education and Human Services - Undergraduate Programs

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Students may earn a Bachelor of Science degree or a Bachelor of Arts degree or a minor in Criminal Justice. Interested students may also earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensics, which is taught in the Chemistry Department in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and requires a minor in Criminal Justice. 

COMMUNICATION DISORDERS

The program offers a four-year pre-professional bachelor's degree in communication disorders for students who wish to pursue graduate study in speech language pathology or audiology. Students may choose to obtain a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Art degree. The primary difference between the two degrees is the foreign language requirement for the BA degree. Both degrees include 47 hours in the area, which means students are not required to declare a minor. 

RECREATION AND LEISURE SERVICES
The Recreation and Leisure Services program offers a B.A./B.S. degree with a tracks in adventure leadership and community recreation preparing students for careers in a variety of settings including local, state, regional, and national parks and recreation areas.

SOCIAL WORK

Social work is a dynamic profession based on knowledge, practice skills, research, and professional values. It has a code of ethics, practice standards, and a national system of accreditation. The profession unites the commitment to help others with the skill and knowledge needed to provide that help. The BSW degree program prepares students for professional entry level generalist practice in the social work profession, for entry level state licensure and for further education. The Council on Social Work Education has continuously accredited the social work program at Murray State University since 1974.

YOUTH AND NONPROFIT LEADERSHIP

Through this program, students will obtain knowledge and skills in the areas of program development, marketing and public relations, financial resource development and management, cultural competency and diversity, volunteer and human resource management, as well as many other competencies needed to work in and lead nonprofit organizations.

TEACHER PREPARATION 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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