The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Education’s mission is to recruit, prepare and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America’s diverse urban communities. We offer both undergraduate and graduate routes to certification.
As a first year teacher, I was prepared to navigate the demands of teaching in an urban school while implementing culturally responsive teaching practices—which includes everything from building relationships with students and families to targeting instruction to individual learners. As a sixth year teacher, these practices still hold true.
- 48 monthsProgram DurationProgram duration can vary based on the number of courses taken per semester, summer semester enrollment, as well as other factors
- In-personProgram Format
Making a difference in the lives of children and urban communities. Our undergraduate programs provide students with authentic experiences in real classrooms and in the community. You will be ready to serve in any setting upon graduation.
- For students with fewer than 60 transferable credits, the Fall semester deadline is June 15th and the Spring semester deadline is November 15.
- For students with 60 or more transferable credits, you are encouraged to apply and enroll as early as possible.
In addition, for the following certification areas, you must be eligible for the program by the Fall 2020 semester:
- Middle School Education (Grades 5-9)
- Secondary Education
- K-12 Certification
The Institute for Urban Education provides an annual scholarship to a candidate with a commitment to teaching in Kansas City's urban public schools.
For more information visit the Institute for Urban Education.
Early Childhood Education Birth-3
Earth Science 9-12
Elementary Education 1-6
English Language Learners K-12
Instrumental Music / Vocal Music K-12
Language Arts 5-9
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education K-12
Social Sciences 5-9
Social Sciences 9-12
Program Semesters/Steps Overview
- Block 1
In Block 1, teacher candidates build foundational knowledge related to human development, learning environments, knowledge of learners, learning theory and the impact of social and cultural contexts on learning. Additionally, Block 1 includes an introductory field experience designed to facilitate the shift in teacher candidates’ perspectives from that of a student to that of a classroom teacher.
- Block 2
Block 2 is focused on the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline in which the candidate will teach. Teacher candidates build on their understanding of the concepts, tools, and structures of the discipline to plan instruction that will engage students in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving. Block 2 includes an early field experience designed engage teacher candidates in interpretation of classroom practices related to disciplinary literacy, pedagogical knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and differentiated instruction.
- Block 3
Block 3 is focused on planning and assessing learning experiences. Teacher candidates learn more deeply about instructional strategies and pedagogical methods within their disciplinary areas as well as the cyclical nature of using assessment data in planning for instruction. Block 3 includes a mid-level field experience designed to engage teacher candidates in planning and assessing learning experiences.
- Block 4
Block 4 consists of student teaching and a supporting seminar focused on analyzing and demonstrating effective teaching. Teacher candidates engage in the cycle of planning, enacting, assessing and analyzing instruction. Emphasis is placed on collaboration with learners, families, colleagues and other school professionals, as well as ethics and professionalism in education.
- Hands-On Experience
The Early Childhood and Elementary Professional Programs are field based, meaning that students learn by directly applying research and theory to working with children in diverse classroom placements.