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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Understand how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
  • 2. Understand of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
  • 3. Work with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • 4. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
  • 5. Understand how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
  • 6. Understand and use multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
  • 7. Plan instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
  • 8. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
  • 9. Engage in ongoing professional learning and use evidence to continually evaluate their practice, particularly the effects of their choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapt practice to meet the needs of each learner.
  • 10. Seek appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

The student learning outcomes for the BA in Early Childhood Education program listed above reflect the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards that are required as the basis for teacher preparation programs by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Program Requirements

Teacher Education Admission Requirements

Completion of this program leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education degree (birth to grade 3). Contingent upon satisfactory completion of all degree coursework, key assessments, and state testing requirements, teacher candidates may be eligible for recommendation by Teacher Education faculty for teacher certification in Missouri (birth to grade 3).

A 3.00 cumulative GPA, 3.0 content GPA and 3.0 professional GPA is required at completion of the program. Grades of C or better are required in all professional education classes. Prospective students and teacher candidates should meet regularly with an academic advisor to determine specific course requirements.

The School of Education requires that all teacher candidates have current professional liability insurance during all field experiences and student teaching. Verification of current professional liability insurance must be provided to the Educational Field Experiences office. Insurance can be obtained through  student membership in an educational organizations (e.g., MSTA or NEA) that provides such insurance or purchased through an independent insurance agent.

Candidates admitted to the Professional Teacher Education Program must uphold all academic and social regulations and policies established by the School of Education. Candidates are subject to any Missouri legislative action or State Board of Education policy that may become effective during the lifetime of this catalog. The responsibility of the School of Education is to recommend qualified candidates for licensure to the state and to ensure our candidates meet or exceed these requirements. While the degree programs outlined in the catalog are aligned with state requirements, certification is dependent on both the degree requirements and successful completion of all state assessments required by the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Total Credits18
1

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
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
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.

Pre-Professional Requirements

Coursework Required before Admission to the Teacher Education Professional Program
Science with Lab (select one of the following)4
Biology and Living
and Biology and Living Laboratory
Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory
and Understanding the Earth Laboratory
CHEM 206Human Nutrition (Focus B)3
ENGLISH 250Introduction to Language Acquisition and Diversity3
POL-SCI 210American Government (Focus C and Satisfies Constitution Course Requirement)3
HISTORY 101U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C and Satisfies Constitution Course Requirement)3
or HISTORY 102 U.S. History Since 1877
TCH-ED 130Number Systems and Related Topics3
TCH-ED 140Geometry for Elementary Teachers3
TCH-ED 160Introduction to Teaching 3
TCH-ED 201Children's Literature (Focus A)3
TCH-ED 400Child Development3
TCH-ED 403Educational Psychology3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
TCH-ED 440Introduction To Early Childhood Education3
TCH-ED 441Language Development 3
Total Credits43
Coursework Required for the Teacher Education Professional Program
TCH-ED 312Legal and Ethical Aspects of Teaching 3
TCH-ED 333Learning Environments: Birth to Grade 33
TCH-ED 385Teaching and Learning with Technology3
TCH-ED 438Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners3
TCH-ED 442Assessment, Screening, and Data-Informed Early Childhood Teaching3
TCH-ED 443Mathematics in Early Childhood II3
TCH-ED 444Mathematics in Early Childhood I 3
TCH-ED 445Science In Early Childhood 3
TCH-ED 446Early Childhood Creative Activities3
TCH-ED 447Social Studies in Early Childhood 3
TCH-ED 451Child Guidance in Early Childhood Classrooms3
TCH-ED 452Family and Program Relationships in Early Childhood Education3
TCH-ED 456Student Teaching in Early Childhood9
TCH-ED 457Infant and Toddler Care and Education3
TCH-ED 459Early Childhood Program Management 3
TCH-ED 480Practicum I Early Childhood1
TCH-ED 481Practicum II Early Childhood 1
TCH-ED 483Early Childhood Literacy I4
TCH-ED 484Early Childhood Literacy II4
TCH-ED 486Seminar - Early Childhood3
TCH-ED 487Practicum III - Early Childhood1
Total Credits65

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Total Credit Hours: 126

Students interested in a writing intensive experience or going deeper into learning about educational foundations may be interested in the following optional elective: Advanced Foundations (TCH-ED 408WI)

Graduation Requirements Early Childhood Education

  • Successful completion of Teacher Education Key Assessments
  • Completion of all coursework listed above
  • RooWriter Completion
  • Successful completion of all Missouri state certification requirements/exams
  • Exit Survey completed

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.