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Parents or grandparents of today's college student remember fondly their clanky portable Underwood or Royal typewriters. Talk about bells and whistles! As soon as the carriage rattled from one side to the other, the bell sounded and the user grabbed the carriage handle and glided (or flung) it back to the beginning to start a new line. Click, click, click—ding, zip! It wasn't exactly music to the ears, but it got the job done. Technology has transformed business education. Teachers and their tools have changed with the times in order to equip students with the skills and know-how to be knowledgeable consumers, workers, entrepreneurs, and citizens.

Students may choose either of two options for the Business Education degree, depending on their specific career goals. The teaching emphasis will provide the student with the pathway to earn Tennessee teacher certification to teach in middle and high schools. The Non-Teaching–Corporate Communication Emphasis allows students flexibility by providing the opportunity to select courses in consultation with an advisor to customize their program to better suit their career goals.

Business Education (Teaching Emphasis)

The Bachelor of Science in Business Education with a Secondary Education minor leads to teacher licensure in Tennessee. Business Education Licensure includes grades 6–12. This program prepares students to teach business and marketing subjects in high schools, middle schools, career and technical programs, and private educational institutions. Students must take specialty Praxis exams required for each endorsement area. Required courses in INFS 2400 and 2600 assist students in qualifying to teach a variety of information technology classes.

Business Education (Non-Teaching–Corporate Communication Emphasis)

This option for the Bachelor of Science in Business Education degree has a Business Administration minor. This emphasis is for students who seek to gain a business foundation and graduate without meeting teacher licensure requirements. This option integrates a solid business core with specialized instruction in business and corporate communication, technology, and elective opportunities to meet a student's specialized career goals. Career options vary and may include admissions counselor, community affairs director, e千蠃官网国际网址vent planner, human resources professional, marketing professional, media buyer, office manager, and technical writer, among many others.


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Thao Tran King already had her undergraduate degree in business education and marketing from another institution when she learned about MTSU's excellent teacher-preparation program grounded in business education. “There are not that many programs like that out there,” she says. Today Thao is an academy coach at Hillsboro High School, Nashville, where she employs the concept of small learning communities, a teaching technique she learned while taking advanced studies in Business Education at MTSU. Thao also oversees four academies at the school and serves as a link between the school and the business community.

Jessica Supakhan

Good Advice from a Two-Time Graduate

Jessica Supakhan (M.B.E., 2005) teaches business at Holloway High School, where she is also the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) sponsor. When she was a Holloway High School student herself, Dr. Robert Blair (now an MTSU professor) was her business teacher. He was instrumental in her choice to pursue Business Education, as she wanted to become a high school business teacher just like Dr. Blair. What she enjoyed most about MTSU was the relationships and friendships she developed with faculty: “I had many classes with Dr. Blair, Dr. Smith, Dr. Lewis, Dr. Sawyer, and Dr. Hemby, all outstanding professors with a passion for developing strong educators. Because of the amazing faculty, I decided to start the master’s program immediately after graduating with my bachelor’s degree and was very happy I did. I feel it gave me a competitive advantage over other applicants, and the pay raise is a nice perk. I highly recommended the program to my students.” She advises, “Go straight into your master’s program if feasible.”


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Business Education encompasses many areas where graduates can find entry-level positions that offer foundational experience and advancement. Examples include

  • Admissions counselor
  • Banker
  • Book/movie reviewer
  • Business developer
  • Community affairs director
  • Computer trainer
  • Copy editor
  • Corporate trainer
  • Customer service professional
  • Event planner
  • Human resources professional
  • Insurance specialist
  • Lobbyist
  • Magazine writer
  • Marketing/advertising professional
  • Media buyer
  • Medical clinic worker
  • Multimedia Web designer
  • News analyst
  • Nonprofit professional
  • Office manager
  • Press secretary
  • Public opinion pollster
  • Public relations practitioner
  • Real estate professional
  • Teacher
  • Technical writer
  • Traffic manager
  • Web writer

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Federal Reserve in Nashville
  • Florida Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Health IT Services Group
  • Hillsboro High School
  • Larry Maxwell Inc.
  • Midsouth Bank
  • Montgomery County Schools
  • MTSU Alumni Relations
  • MTSU Enrollment Technical Systems
  • Nashville State Technical Institute
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Smyrna High School
  • Southeast Financial Credit Union
  • Store Opening Solutions
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Wright Travel

For students who want to teach, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Business Education with a teaching option is available. A State of Tennessee Teaching Certificate can be obtained upon successful completion of the business Praxis Exam. The Business Education major will include minors in Business Administration and Secondary Education. A B.S. degree in Business Education with a non-teaching, corporate communication technology option also is available. Students who select this degree also will earn a minor in Business Administration.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

The Department of Marketing also offers a major in Marketing, leading to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree.

Undergraduate students can pursue minors in Business Communication and Office Management. The department also participates in an interdisciplinary minor in Entrepreneurship.

Graduate students can earn the Master of Business Education (M.B.E.), which is offered in a hybrid format that includes at least one face-to-face campus course.

Business Education Non Teaching

Business Education, Non-teaching (Corporate Communication Technology Option), B.S.

  
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Students seeking to graduate without meeting teacher licensure requirements are not required to take the courses for the Secondary Education minor and may select the non-teaching option in Corporate Communication Technology. This option integrates a solid business core with specialized instruction in business and corporate communication, technology, and elective opportunities to meet your specialized career goals. Those seeking this option should complete the requirements below.

The non-teaching option requires 50 percent of the major hours in residence at MTSU.

The program below includes a Business Administration minor. An alternate business minor may be chosen, but it may require total hours for graduation to exceed 120.

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Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

 

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

千蠃官网国际网址 requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

千蠃官网国际网址The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:

  • MATH 1630 or 1810 (Math)
  • ECON 2410 (Soc/Beh Sci and core course)

College of Business Core (39 hours)

The Business Education non-teaching  千蠃官网国际网址requires 39 hours with a 2.000 GPA. ECON 2410 is included in the core and will also satisfy 3 hours from the Social/Behavioral General Education requirement.

Major Requirements (30 hours)

  • BCED 1400 - Introduction to Business

    3 credit hours

    Survey of business economic units of our society; the problems of business such as ownership, social responsibility, physical factors, personnel, marketing, and managerial controls. Includes exploration and analysis of business careers.

  • BCED 2330 - Word Processing Concepts

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Familiarization with word processing equipment, implications, and applications in business operations.

  • BCED 4340 - Integrated Administrative Technology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: BCED 2330; junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Development of advanced, integrated software application skills including operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet, database, and other administrative productivity software to solve business problems and provide information for effective decision making in the workplace. Topics include digital citizenship, electronic communication and collaboration, ethical and responsible use of integrated administrative technology, and information management.

  • BCED 4510 - Business Report Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. (BCED 3510 recommended.) Nature, general function, and present need of reports in industry. Recognizing, organizing, and investigating problems preparatory to writing reports and construction and writing of distinctive business and technical reports.

  • BCED 4850 - Digital Communication for Business

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: BCED 3510; admission into the College of Business. Offers skills needed to create digital communication for business with emphasis on the writing process, digital tools, planning, design, collaborating, copyright and fair use, and technical aspects of digital writing.

  • BCED 4660 - Corporate Communication

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. (BCED 3510 recommended.) Research and analysis of case studies of significant research; case studies in business communication; communication policies, principles, and procedures from the executive's viewpoint.

  • BCED 4645 - Issues and Trends in Corporate Communication  3 credit hours  

    BCED 4810 - Internship Program

    3 credit hours

    千蠃官网国际网址Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. A supervised program of related work experience. Provides experiential opportunities for the application of the theoretical concepts learned.

  • BCED elective 3 credit hours
  • BCED upper-division electives 6 credit hours

Auxiliary Courses (4 hours)

  • MATH 1630 - College Mathematics for Managerial, Social, and Life Sciences  3 credit hours