Students interested in completing this program at UMKC must be admitted to the Teacher Education Professional Program no later than Fall 2020 and must complete the program by May 2022.

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 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.govThe student learning outcomes for the BA in Middle School 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; national accrediting body).

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.

Language Arts Emphasis Area

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 13
Focus B 13
Focus C (May be Satisfied in Constitution Course Requirements Below)
Focus Elective 13
Total Credits27

 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:3
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
Total Credits3

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.
Language Arts Content Coursework (Pre-Professional Program)
English and/or World Literature (select one of the following):3
Myth and Literature (Focus A)
World Literature in English (Focus A)
British Literature I
Shakespeare
Modern And Contemporary Irish Literature
British Literature II
Classical Literature in Translation
Women & Literary Culture: Genre Focus
Postcolonial Literature
Foundations Of Ancient World Literature I
Elective English Credits (select one of the following):3
Asian American Literature (Focus A)
African American Literature I
African American Novel
African American Literature II
Introduction to Latinx Literature
Asian American Literature
Harlem Renaissance
Black Women Writers
From Field Shout to Hip Hop: African American Poetic Traditions
The Civil Rights Movement in African American Literature
Study of English Language (select one of the following):3
Introduction To Linguistics/Language Science
Structure Of English
History Of The English Language
American Literature (select one of the following):3
American Literature I
American Literature II
Composition and Rhetoric (select 3 of the following courses):9
Theory And Practice Of Composition
Language, Literacy, Power
Rhetorics of New Media
Rhetorics of Public Memory
Women And Rhetoric
History And Principles Of Rhetoric
Total Credits21
Teacher Education Professional Requirements
Block 1
TCH-ED 202Literature for Adolescents3
TCH-ED 312Legal and Ethical Aspects of Teaching3
TCH-ED 330Analyzing Learning Environments in Urban Contexts3
TCH-ED 403Educational Psychology3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
TCH-ED 420Adolescent Development3
TCH-ED 422Practicum I - Middle and High School1
Block 2
EDRD 439Language & Literacy across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 314Cultural Diversity and Teaching English Language Learners3
TCH-ED 385Teaching and Learning with Technology3
TCH-ED 396English Language Study for Middle and High School Teachers3
TCH-ED 423Practicum II - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 462Middle School Philosophy and Organization3
Block 3
TCH-ED 315Assessment and Data Literacy3
TCH-ED 424Practicum III - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 432Special Methods of Teaching English in Middle and High Schools3
TCH-ED 438Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners3
TCH-ED 482Seminar in Teaching and Evaluating Writing3
Block 4
TCH-ED 461Student Teaching In Middle School9
TCH-ED 463Literacy Intervention across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 494Seminar - English/Language Arts3
Total Credits63
General Electives6

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)

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Total Credits: 120


Mathematics Emphasis Area

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 13
Focus B (Satisfied in Content Area Requirements Below)
Focus C (May be Satisfied in Constitution Course Requirement Below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in Content Area Requirements Below)
Total Credits21

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:3
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
Total Credits3

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.
Mathematics Content Coursework (Pre-Professional Program)
EDUC 402RAlgebraic Thinking for Teachers3
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (Focus B)3
MATH 130Mathematics for Teachers: Number Systems (Focus B)3
or TCH-ED 130 Number Systems and Related Topics
MATH 140Mathematics for Teachers: Elementary Geometry (Focus B)3
or TCH-ED 140 Geometry for Elementary Teachers
Choose 15 hours from the following:15
Mathematics For Liberal Arts (Focus B)
Precalculus (Focus B) 1
Trigonometry
Analytic Geometry
Mathematics for Teachers: Mathematical Immersion
Discrete Mathematics
Brief Calculus And Matrix Algebra
Calculus I (Focus B)
Mathematics for Teachers: Algebra
Calculus II
Mathematics for Teachers: Geometry
Elementary Statistics (Focus B)
Total Credits27
Teacher Education Professional Requirements
Block 1
TCH-ED 312Legal and Ethical Aspects of Teaching3
TCH-ED 330Analyzing Learning Environments in Urban Contexts3
TCH-ED 403Educational Psychology3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
TCH-ED 420Adolescent Development3
TCH-ED 422Practicum I - Middle and High School1
Block 2
EDRD 439Language & Literacy across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 314Cultural Diversity and Teaching English Language Learners3
TCH-ED 385Teaching and Learning with Technology3
TCH-ED 423Practicum II - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 462Middle School Philosophy and Organization3
Block 3
TCH-ED 315Assessment and Data Literacy3
TCH-ED 413Mathematics in the Elementary School I3
TCH-ED 424Practicum III - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 429Mathematics in the Elementary School II3
TCH-ED 433Special Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Middle and High Schools3
TCH-ED 438Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners3
Block 4
TCH-ED 461Student Teaching In Middle School9
TCH-ED 463Literacy Intervention across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 493Seminar - Mathematics3
Total Credits60
General Electives9

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)

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Total Credits: 120


Science Emphasis Area

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 13
Focus B (Satisfied in Content Area Requirements Below)
Focus C (May be Satisfied in Constitution Course Requirements Below)
Focus Elective (May be Satisfied in Program Requirements Below)
Total Credits21

 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:3
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
Total Credits3

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.
Science Content Coursework (Pre-Professional Program)
ASTR 150Astronomy: Motions of the Cosmos (Focus B)3
or ASTR 155 Astronomy: Starlight and Star Stuff
BIOLOGY 108
108L
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory (Focus B)
4
CHEM 211
211L
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (Focus B)
5
ENV-SCI 110R
ENV-SCI 110L
Understanding the Earth: Introduction to Environmental Science and Laboratory
and Understanding the Earth Laboratory (Focus B)
5
GEOG 406Global Environmental Change3
PHY-SCI 171Physics For Future Presidents (Focus B)3
or PHY-SCI 140 How Things Work
Science Elective (Select one additional science course)3
Total Credits26
Teacher Education Professional Requirements
Block 1
TCH-ED 312Legal and Ethical Aspects of Teaching3
TCH-ED 330Analyzing Learning Environments in Urban Contexts3
TCH-ED 403Educational Psychology3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
TCH-ED 420Adolescent Development3
TCH-ED 422Practicum I - Middle and High School1
Block 2
EDRD 439Language & Literacy across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 314Cultural Diversity and Teaching English Language Learners3
TCH-ED 385Teaching and Learning with Technology3
TCH-ED 417Science Methods in the Elementary School3
TCH-ED 423Practicum II - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 462Middle School Philosophy and Organization3
Block 3
TCH-ED 315Assessment and Data Literacy3
TCH-ED 424Practicum III - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 435Special Methods of Teaching Science in Middle and High Schools3
TCH-ED 438Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners3
TCH-ED 470Philosophy and History of Science and Technology3
Block 4
TCH-ED 461Student Teaching In Middle School9
TCH-ED 463Literacy Intervention across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 495Seminar - Science3
Total Credits60
General Electives10

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)

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Total Credits: 120


Social Science

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 (Satsified in Content Area Requirements Below)
Focus B (Satisfied in Content Area Requirements Below)
Focus C (May be Satisfied in Constitution Course Requirements Below)
Focus Elective (May be Satisfied in Content Area Requirements Below)
Total Credits18

 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

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.
Social Science Content Courses (Pre-Professional)
ECON 201Introduction To Economics I (Focus B)3
HISTORY 101U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C and satisfies the Constitution requirement)3
HISTORY 102U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C and satisfies the Constitution requirement)3
HISTORY 206World History To 1450 (Focus A)3
HISTORY 208World History since 1450 (Focus A)3
POL-SCI 210American Government (Focus C and Satisfies the Constitution Requirement)3
Geography Elective (Select one of the following):3
Introduction to the Elements of Geography
Introduction to Physical Geography
World Geography I
World Geography II
Social Science Electives
Any three of the following (not already completed):9
Introduction To Cultural Anthropology (Focus C)
Introduction To Economics II
Introduction to the Elements of Geography
Introduction to Physical Geography
World Geography I
World Geography II
Special Studies (Colonial Latin America)
Colonial North America, 1492–1763
The American Revolution, 1763-1789
America, 1783-1828: The National Experience
America, 1850-1877: Civil War and Reconstruction
Rise of the City in the U.S.
The American West
History of the American South I
American Environmental History
Women and Work in Early America
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Japanese Civilization
Ancient Egypt
Introduction To Comparative Politics
Introduction to Comparative Politics and Research
Politics In The American States
General Psychology
Sociology: An Introduction
Total Credits30
Teacher Education Professional Requirements
Block 1
TCH-ED 312Legal and Ethical Aspects of Teaching3
TCH-ED 330Analyzing Learning Environments in Urban Contexts3
TCH-ED 403Educational Psychology3
TCH-ED 404Education of the Exceptional Child and Youth3
TCH-ED 420Adolescent Development3
TCH-ED 422Practicum I - Middle and High School1
Block 2
EDRD 439Language & Literacy across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 314Cultural Diversity and Teaching English Language Learners3
TCH-ED 385Teaching and Learning with Technology3
TCH-ED 418Social Studies in the Elementary School3
TCH-ED 423Practicum II - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 462Middle School Philosophy and Organization3
Block 3
TCH-ED 315Assessment and Data Literacy3
TCH-ED 424Practicum III - Middle and High School1
TCH-ED 434Seminar in Social Science Curriculum3
TCH-ED 436Special Methods of Teaching Social Science in Middle and High Schools3
TCH-ED 438Culturally Responsive Strategies for Teaching Diverse Learners3
Block 4
TCH-ED 461Student Teaching In Middle School9
TCH-ED 463Literacy Intervention across the Disciplines3
TCH-ED 496Seminar - Social Science3
Total Credits60
General Electives12

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)

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Total Credits: 120


Graduation Requirement for Middle School Education

  • Completion of at least 120 credit hours including all course work listed (although actual program may require more than 120 credits)
  • Completion of the RooWriter
  • Successful completion of all Missouri state certification requirements/exams

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.