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.
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.
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.
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 Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework
|Anchor I (ANCH 103 MUSE recommended)||3|
|DISC 100||Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)||3|
|DISC 200||Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)||3|
|DISC 300||Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)||3|
|Focus A (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus B 1||3|
|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.|
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|
Course may satisfy both the UMKC General Education Core (Focus C) and Constitution requirements.
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.
|CONSVTY 141||Musicianship I||4|
|CONSVTY 142||Musicianship II||4|
|CONSVTY 241||Musicianship III||4|
|CONSVTY 242||Musicianship IV||4|
|CONSVTY 110||Keyboard Skills I||1|
|CONSVTY 123||Keyboard Skills II||1|
|CONSVTY 223||Keyboard Skills III||1|
|CONSVTY 310||Keyboard Skills IV||1|
|Applied Lessons 1|
|INSTRUMENT 101 Freshman Instrument I||2|
|INSTRUMENT 102 Freshman Instrument II||2|
|INSTRUMENT 201 Sophomore Instrument I||2|
|INSTRUMENT 202 Sophomore Instrument II||2|
|INSTRUMENT 301 Junior Instrument I||2|
|INSTRUMENT 302 Junior Instrument II||2|
|INSTRUMENT 401 Senior Instrument I||2|
|CONSVTY 300 Studio (enroll with applied lesson each semester - 7 semesters)|
|Technique Courses (select 4 courses with advisor)||4|
|Woodwind Techniques and Pedagogy|
|Brass Techniques and Pedagogy|
|Instrumental Techniques Percussion|
|Survey Of String Instruments|
|CONSVTY 351||History of Music in Western Civilization I (Focus A)||3|
|CONSVTY 352||History of Music in Western Civilization II (Focus Elective)||3|
|Conducting and Arranging|
|CONSVTY 331||Orchestration I||2|
|or CONSVTY 425B||Arranging Instrumental|
|CONSVTY 381||Basic Conducting - Instrumental||2|
|CONSVTY 383||Instrumental Conducting||2|
|CONSVTY 411A||Field Experience in Music||1|
|CONSVTY 411B||Field Experience in Music||1|
|CONSVTY 411C||Field Experience in Music||1|
|Any combination of the following courses (7 semesters)||14|
|Conservatory Wind Ensemble|
|** Additional Required Ensemble|
|CONSVTY 307B||University Singers (One semester of University Singers is required; this is in addition to the seven semesters of an above large instrumental ensemble.)||1|
|Specialization - Winds/Brass/Percussion||3|
|Marching Band & Jazz Ensemble Techniques (Winds/Brass/Percussion Only)|
|Wind Band Literature and Lab (Winds/Brass/Percussion Only)|
|Specialization - Strings||4|
INSTRUMENT 100B Secondary Applied Strings Instrument (Strings Only)
|String Literature (Strings Only)|
|Music Education Courses|
|CONSVTY 278||Music Teaching Matters: A Professional Beginning||3|
|CONSVTY 378L||Instrumental Ensemble Rehearsal Lab||1|
|CONSVTY 385||Elementary Music Methods||3|
|CONSVTY 386||Secondary Music Methods - Instrumental||3|
|CONSVTY 405||Philosophical and Pragmatic Foundations of Music Education||3|
|CONSVTY 412A||Student Teaching Music in Elementary School||4|
|CONSVTY 412B||Student Teaching Music in Secondary School||4|
|Social Science (Focus C) and MO Constitution (choose from one of the following to satisfy both requirements))||3|
|U.S. History to 1877|
|U.S. History Since 1877|
|Professional Education Courses|
|EDRD 439||Language & Literacy across the Disciplines||3|
|TCH-ED 403||Educational Psychology||3|
|TCH-ED 404||Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth||3|
|TCH-ED 419||Student Teaching in Elementary School||3|
|TCH-ED 420||Adolescent Development||3|
|TCH-ED 437||Student Teaching in High School||3|
GPA Minimum: 2.0
Total Credit Hours: 138
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.