University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • provide effective instruction.
  • exhibit appropriate professional behaviors.
  • exhibit a high level of musicianship.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1: Knowledge of Teaching: 80% of music education students will demonstrate proficiency or better in completion of the Key Assessments throughout the four semesters of their field experience sequence.

2: Instruction and Affect: 80% of undergraduate music education students will show improvement in their ability to lead and interact with students in instructional settings by creating an engaging environment, utilizing accurate content knowledge, providing clear verbal and nonverbal instruction, exhibiting appropriate affect, and other specific criteria established on the rubrics.

3: Professional Behavior: 80% of music education majors will exhibit appropriate professional behaviors throughout the four semesters of field experience.

4: Field Experience: 80% of undergraduate music education students will successfully complete 4 diverse semesters of field experience.

5: Certification: 100% of final semester music education undergraduate students will complete all certification requirements and acquire teacher certification in both Missouri and Kansas.

The UMKC Conservatory's Music Educator Preparation Program prepares teachers who demonstrate:

  • Solid grounding in all music subject areas enhanced by a strong liberal arts education.
  • Substantial skill in music pedagogy.
  • A professional and caring commitment to students and to the educational process.

Program goals are based on a set of key principles and express knowledge, skills and dispositions. These goals reflect the current knowledge base of teacher education, and a commitment to prepare educators who will be successful in both contemporary schools and be able to shape the schools of the future.

Program Goals

1. Musicianship & Pedagogy: Undergraduates will have competent performance skills on their primary applied voice/instrument and a basic pedagogical knowledge of all other vocal, wind, string, and percussion instruments utilized in instrumental, choral, and general music education.

2. Musicianship & Application: Students will apply the skills they have garnered through their formative study in musicianship classes, applied study, conducting, and methods classes as they observe, teach, and reflect on their teaching in field experiences and student teaching.

3. Teaching and Evaluation: Undergraduate students will instruct and interact with students in urban and rural classrooms in a manner that engages them in the music learning experience by providing clear verbal and nonverbal instruction, and exhibit appropriate affect demonstrated consistently throughout the professional sequence.

4. Contextual Knowledge: Students will have the necessary skills to assemble contextual factors for each class of their field experience students, so they can modify and change learning activities to ensure all their students have the opportunity to learn to their utmost capabilities.

5. Reflection: Students will use reflective practices to gain a deeper understanding of their own teaching style and, ultimately, greater effectiveness as a teacher.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I (ANCH 103 MUSE recommended)3
Anchor II3
Anchor III3
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus B 13
Focus C (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Major Requirements

CONSVTY 141Musicianship I4
CONSVTY 142Musicianship II4
CONSVTY 241Musicianship III4
CONSVTY 242Musicianship IV4
Keyboard Skills
CONSVTY 110Keyboard Skills I1
CONSVTY 123Keyboard Skills II1
CONSVTY 223Keyboard Skills III1
CONSVTY 310Keyboard Skills IV1
Applied Lessons
VOICE 101Freshman Voice I2
VOICE 102Freshman Voice II2
VOICE 201Sophomore Voice I2
VOICE 202Sophomore Voice II2
VOICE 301Junior Voice I2
VOICE 302Junior Voice II2
VOICE 300 Studio Class(enroll with applied lesson each semester - 6 semesters)
Diction Courses
CONSVTY 185BForeign Language For Singing II2
CONSVTY 185CForeign Language For Singing III2
or CONSVTY 185D Foreign Language For Singing Iv
Music History
CONSVTY 351History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)3
CONSVTY 352History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus Elective)3
Conducting and Arranging
CONSVTY 380Basic Conducting - Choral2
CONSVTY 382Choral Conducting2
CONSVTY 425AArranging for Choral Groups2
Field Experiences
CONSVTY 411AField Experience in Music1
CONSVTY 411BField Experience in Music1
CONSVTY 411CField Experience in Music1
Ensemble Courses
Any combination of the following courses (7 semesters)7
University Singers
Conservatory Singers
Conservatory Concert Choir
Music Education Courses
CONSVTY 278Music Teaching Matters: A Professional Beginning3
CONSVTY 357Choral Literature2
CONSVTY 370Choral/Vocal Techniques2
CONSVTY 373GInstrumental Techniques Guitar1
CONSVTY 373NSurvey Of Wind And Percussion Instruments1
CONSVTY 373PSurvey Of String Instruments1
CONSVTY 385Elementary Music Methods3
CONSVTY 387Secondary Music Methods - Choral3
CONSVTY 405Philosophical and Pragmatic Foundations of Music Education3
CONSVTY 412AStudent Teaching Music in Elementary School4
CONSVTY 412BStudent Teaching Music in Secondary School4
Social Sciences (Focus C) and MO Constitution (choose one from the following to satisfy both requirements)3
U.S. History to 1877
U.S. History Since 1877
American Government
Professional Education Courses
EDRD 439Language & Literacy across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 403Educational Psychology3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
TCH-ED 419Student Teaching in Elementary School3
TCH-ED 420Adolescent Development3
TCH-ED 437Student Teaching in High School3
Total Credits106

GPA Minimum: 2.0

Total Credit Hours: 127

Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.