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:

  • 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 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 School of Education subscribes to the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) which can be found on the website of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education - The student learning outcomes for the BA in Elementary 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 degree in the School of Education. Contingent upon satisfactory completion of all degree coursework, key assessments, and state testing requirements, teacher candidates may be eligible for certification upon recommendation of the Teacher Education faculty.

A 3.00 cumulative GPA, 3.00 content area GPA and 3.00 professional education GPA is required at completion of the program. Grades of C (2.00) or better are required in all  content area and education classes. Prospective students and teacher candidates should meet each semester with an academic advisor to determine specific course requirements.

The School of Education requires all teacher candidates to have current professional liability insurance during all field experiences and student teaching. Verification of current professional liability insurance must be provided to the School of Education Student Services office. Insurance can be obtained through “student membership” in an educational organization (e.g., MSTA or NEA) that provides such insurance or purchased coverage 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. Additionally, candidates must successfully complete program Key Assessments each semester to continue in the program.

NOTE: During the student teaching semester, teacher candidates follow the school district’s calendar, not the UMKC academic/semester calendar.  Teacher candidates begin student teaching according to the school district's calendar and not the first day of the UMKC academic/semester calendar.

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

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.

Pre-Professional Requirements

Coursework Required before Beginning the Teacher Education Professional Program
BIOLOGY 102Biology and Living (Focus B)3
BIOLOGY 102LBiology and Living Laboratory1
CONSVTY 285Elementary Music Methods3
ENGLISH 250Introduction to Language Acquisition and Diversity3
ENV-SCI 110RUnderstanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory (Focus B)3
ENV-SCI 110LUnderstanding the Earth Laboratory2
HISTORY 101U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C and satisfies the Constitution requirement)3
or HISTORY 102 U.S. History Since 1877
PHYS-ED 401Teaching Healthy Behaviors in the Schools3
POL-SCI 210American Government (Focus C and satisfies the Constitution requirement)3
TCH-ED 130Number Systems and Related Topics3
TCH-ED 140Geometry for Elementary Teachers3
TCH-ED 160Introduction to Teaching3
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
Total Credits45
Coursework Required for the Teacher Education Professional Program
Block 1
TCH-ED 310Classroom Climate and Organization3
TCH-ED 312Legal and Ethical Aspects of Teaching3
TCH-ED 314Cultural Diversity and Teaching English Language Learners3
TCH-ED 316Reading and Language Arts I4
TCH-ED 385Teaching and Learning with Technology3
TCH-ED 397Practicum I - Elementary1
Block 2
TCH-ED 317Reading and Language Arts II4
TCH-ED 398Practicum II – Elementary1
TCH-ED 402Integrated Arts3
TCH-ED 413Mathematics in the Elementary School I3
TCH-ED 417Science Methods in the Elementary School3
TCH-ED 418Social Studies in the Elementary School3
Block 3
TCH-ED 315Assessment and Data Literacy3
TCH-ED 429Mathematics in the Elementary School II3
TCH-ED 438Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners3
TCH-ED 475Working with Families and Communities3
TCH-ED 479Practicum III – Elementary1
Block 4
TCH-ED 419Student Teaching in Elementary School9
TCH-ED 478Seminar - Elementary3
Total Credits59

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Total Credit Hours: 122

Graduation Requirements Elementary Education

  • Completion of at least 120 credit hours including all course work listed (although program may require more than 120 credits)
  • RooWriter Completion
  • Passing score on the Missouri Content Assessment: Elementary Education Multi-Content test

  • Successful completion of Teacher Education Key Assessments

  • Successful completion of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

  • Exit survey

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.