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Northwest Missouri State University

Business Education Major

Business Education

The Northwest Difference

The business education middle school endorsement provides a basic business curriculum in economics and business and hands-on, cutting-edge courses in the areas of computer applications and technology. This major is designed to prepare students to teach at the middle level (grades 5-9).  Northwest’s business program is recognized nationally and by the state as an outstanding business education program and is the only public institution in Missouri north of I-70 that offers a business education program.

At the middle school level, teachers focus on the basics of keyboarding, computer applications, introduction to business and money management.

A degree in business education: secondary trains teachers to educate students on more specialized content such as the theories of business, marketing, accounting and technology. 

Minor in Business Education

A minor in business education provides fundamental knowledge and skills in implementing business and marketing at the secondary level (grades 9-12). This minor requires the completion of 36 credit hours.  

Career Opportunities

placement rate

100% of business education graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Below is a list of job titles:

  • High school business teacher
  • School district technology coordinator
  • Career education business teacher

*Based on self-reported data in recent years.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Business education majors get experience in the classroom during their first year. Northwest education programs are dedicated to ensuring students are career-ready and prepared for the first day of school.

Freshman- and sophomore-year observations provide students opportunities to work with classroom teachers. Students interact with professionals in the field and learn the operations of a classroom and good teaching practices.

During the junior-year practicum experience, students teach lessons, integrate technology and literacy, engage learning strategies and use assessment to guide education in business and marketing classes. 

During the senior-year student teaching experience, students teach in a classroom for 16 weeks, and have opportunities to work with high school extracurricular organizations such as FBLA, DECA, BPA and others.

Student Organizations

Pi Omega Pi is a national business teacher education honor society that recognizes students with high scholastic ability in business education. Eligibility requirements include interest in becoming a business educator; completion of three semesters of college courses, including at least 15 hours in business or education subjects; and a 3.0 grade-point average in business and education courses. Seniors are eligible to apply for the C&C Taylor scholarship.

For a full list of student organizations with in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems »

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »

The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.