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:
- 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 - dese.mo.gov. 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).
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 1||3|
|Anchor II 1||3|
|Anchor III 1||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 (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus C (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
|Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)|
See the UMKC General Education Core section of the catalog for available Anchor and Focus course options.
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.
|Coursework Required before Beginning the Teacher Education Professional Program|
|BIOLOGY 102||Biology and Living (Focus B)||3|
|BIOLOGY 102L||Biology and Living Laboratory||1|
|CONSVTY 285||Elementary Music Methods||3|
|ENGLISH 250||Introduction to Language Acquisition and Diversity||3|
|ENV-SCI 110R||Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory (Focus B)||3|
|ENV-SCI 110L||Understanding the Earth Laboratory||2|
|HISTORY 101||U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C and satisfies the Constitution requirement)||3|
|or HISTORY 102||U.S. History Since 1877|
|PHYS-ED 401||Teaching Healthy Behaviors in the Schools||3|
|POL-SCI 210||American Government (Focus C and satisfies the Constitution requirement)||3|
|TCH-ED 130||Number Systems and Related Topics||3|
|TCH-ED 140||Geometry for Elementary Teachers||3|
|TCH-ED 160||Introduction to Teaching||3|
|TCH-ED 201||Children's Literature (Focus A)||3|
|TCH-ED 400||Child Development||3|
|TCH-ED 403||Educational Psychology||3|
|TCH-ED 404||Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth||3|
|Coursework Required for the Teacher Education Professional Program|
|TCH-ED 310||Classroom Climate and Organization||3|
|TCH-ED 312||Legal and Ethical Aspects of Teaching||3|
|TCH-ED 314||Cultural Diversity and Teaching English Language Learners||3|
|TCH-ED 316||Reading and Language Arts I||4|
|TCH-ED 385||Teaching and Learning with Technology||3|
|TCH-ED 397||Practicum I - Elementary||1|
|TCH-ED 317||Reading and Language Arts II||4|
|TCH-ED 398||Practicum II – Elementary||1|
|TCH-ED 402||Integrated Arts||3|
|TCH-ED 413||Mathematics in the Elementary School I||3|
|TCH-ED 417||Science Methods in the Elementary School||3|
|TCH-ED 418||Social Studies in the Elementary School||3|
|TCH-ED 315||Assessment and Data Literacy||3|
|TCH-ED 429||Mathematics in the Elementary School II||3|
|TCH-ED 438||Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners||3|
|TCH-ED 475||Working with Families and Communities||3|
|TCH-ED 479||Practicum III – Elementary||1|
|TCH-ED 419||Student Teaching in Elementary School||9|
|TCH-ED 478||Seminar - Elementary||3|
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)
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.