School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences

About the School

Education Building, Room 347
615 E. 52nd Street
(816) 235-2260 Dean's Office
(816) 235-2234 Student Services
Fax: (816) 235-5270
education@umkc.edu
http://education.umkc.edu/

Mailing Address
University of Missouri-Kansas City
School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499

Dean:
Carolyn Barber, Interim

Associate Dean:
Jacob Marszalek, Interim

Director of Student Services:
Brad Martens

Accreditation

The initial teacher preparation programs in the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences are nationally accredited at the bachelor's level (Early Childhood and Elementary Education B.S. degrees) and master's level (Master of Arts in Teaching, M.A. in Special Education) by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (2018-2025). 

The School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1985. The Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously accredited by the APA CoA since 2004.

The Master's program in Counseling is accredited by the Master's in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (2014-2024).

The Master of Social Work program has been continuously accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1999.

Programs for the preparation of teachers and other school personnel are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Centers and Projects

Berkley Child and Family Development Center

The Berkley Child and Family Development Center provides quality care and education for young children and serves as a research training site for UMKC students. The center is administered through the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences and is part of the academic unit. It is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the state of Missouri. Enrollment is open to the University population and the community for children ages 3 months to 6 years old. The center is accessible to children with special needs. To inquire about enrollment or a tour of the facility call (816) 235-2600.

Community Counseling and Assessment Services (CCAS)

UMKC Community Counseling and Assessment Services (CCAS) is committed to providing a variety of affordable counseling and assessment services to the Greater Kansas City Community. Staff are comprised of graduate student counselors and assessment specialists who are supervised by faculty members licensed as professional counselors or psychologists. Our counselors combine education, research, and a sincere passion for their work to help clients meet their goals and potential. CCAS's service fees are determined using a sliding scale fee structure based on income and the number of dependents. For information or appointments call (816) 235-2725 or email umkcccasservices@umkc.edu

Kansas City Regional Professional Development Center (KCRPDC)

The Kansas City Regional Professional Development Center (KCPDC) is one of nine regional professional development centers in Missouri, partially funded by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and serving schools, districts and educators in the Kansas City region. The mission of the KCPDC is to build the capacity of educators to maximize student performance through high quality professional development. Programs sponsored by the KCRPDC include, but are not limited to:

  • Migrant Education and English Language Learning (MELL). The Missouri Migrant Education and English Language Learning program (MELL) is designed to use existing resources to better serve all English Language Learning (ELL) and migrant students in the state of Missouri. The MELL program works to prevent duplicate services and allows most funds to swiftly reach any and all Missouri school districts with children of need.

  • Missouri School-Wide Positive Behavior Support. Missouri School-wide Positive Behavior Support is a partnership among the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), The University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) Center for School-wide Positive Behavior Support and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, University of Oregon and Connecticut. The program facilitates teachers and administrators in implementing a behavior culture and climate to increase learning.

  • Special Education Consultants. The KCRPDC provides technical assistance and instructional support to special education teachers and administrators. Services include supporting effective practices, compliance, post-secondary transition planning, and MAP-A.

  • Professional Learning Communities. The Missouri Professional Learning Communities Project (PLC) evolved from the Missouri Accelerated Schools Project which had served as a school reform initiative for many years. PLC consultants work with building leadership teams during a multi-year process to implement school-wide reform.

  • Curriculum, Instructional and Assessment Support. Consultants at the KCPDC are available to assist teachers and administrators in reviewing, designing and implementing effective curriculum, instructional strategies and assessments.

​Urban Education Research Center

The Urban Education Research Center (UERC) is the research arm of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences. Its mission is to create reliable, usable knowledge about education in urban areas with the goal of promoting excellent schooling and improving the lives, opportunities, and communities of urban residents in the Greater Kansas City community and the nation. The center accomplishes this mission through collaborative, data rich approaches including technical assistance and consultation, and rigorous research using a range of methodological tools. The UERC works collaboratively within the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences across the university, and in conjunction with local partners and communities. Collaborators and partners include education leaders, educators, researchers, community leaders, advocacy groups, and service organizations throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

Institute for Urban Education (IUE)

The Institute for Urban Education (IUE) Scholarship is an undergraduate scholarship program in the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences for students who are interested in teaching elementary or middle school education with a focus in the teaching of mathematics, social science, science, and literacy. The scholarship is specifically targeted at students who have a strong interest in becoming teachers in urban schools.

Students receiving IUE scholarships make a commitment to teach in an urban district following graduation in exchange for financial support. Questions regarding the IUE’s programs and offerings should be directed to Student Services at (816) 235-2234 .

Title II Notice

Title II of the Higher Education Act requires that every institution of higher education provide public information regarding the pass rate of the institution's graduates on the teacher certification or licensure assessment of the state in which the institution is located. Additionally, Title II requires that a comparison of each program's pass rate be made with the average pass rate in the state. Annual reporting on educator preparation program licensure assessments and other measures can be found at https://education.umkc.edu/about/leadership/annual-reporting-measures/

School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences Scholarship Information

Three types of scholarships are available to students: Automatic (considered when applying to UMKC);  Additional scholarships to apply for through the UMKC Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, and School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences scholarships. The scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students in our programs.

Applicants

  • Must be admitted to the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences
  • Submit application by the official date will be posted on the School website, typically February or March
  • Must complete a new application each year
  • Previous recipients may reapply
  • Number and dollar amount of awards vary from year to year
  • Awards are not automatically renewable
  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester during the new academic year to receive a scholarship
  • Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours each semester during the new academic year to receive a scholarship

Procedures

The procedure for applying for a scholarship will be found on the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences website.

Selection Process/Timeline

Note that due dates are subject to change; check the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences website for exact dates in a given cycle

  • December:  Scholarship application opens
  • February or March: Applications are due and committee begins review
  • April: All applicants are notified if selected
  • Fall: All scholarship recipients will be honored at the unit's scholarship event

For more information about Scholarships go to http://education.umkc.edu/students/scholarships-and-financial-aid/

Special Services

Public School Placements

The School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences assists in making placements to enable teachers and other school personnel to complete their various practicum experiences. All field placements require students to have a current background clearance check.

Career Services at UMKC

The Career Services Office offers a variety of career and job-related services to students and alumni. Through Career Services, students can receive resume, interview and job search assistance. Teacher Education and School Counseling students in their last year of coursework can interview with representatives of area school districts through a Career Day sponsored by Career Services.

Students or graduates seeking a teaching or administrative position are urged to register and keep their records current in the Career Services Office, Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes (2nd Floor), phone (816) 235-1636 or check their Web site: http://www.career.umkc.edu/.

Education Lab

Computer labs are located in the School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences Learning Commons in room 129 in the Education Building. Lab resources include Windows Pro workstations, printers and scanners. For more information including hours of availability, contact Student Services, room 129 Education, phone (816) 235-2716, email umkceducation@umkc.edu.

Student Organizations

The School of Education, Social Work, and Psychological Sciences Student Government strives to expand the students' academic concerns and abilities, promote students' involvement in the School and the University, act on all matters concerning students' welfare, aid faculty and students in cooperative work and promote a professional attitude and feeling of responsibility. Community service is also a regular part of the activity of its activity. The organization meets on a regular basis and welcomes all students' attendance and participation.