Program Overview

The Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations Division in the School of Education is committed to preparing individuals to serve in a variety of educational settings and in a myriad of capacities. The online Graduate Certificate in Educational Foundations provides candidates with opportunities to explore the philosophical, sociological, historical, and cultural foundations of education through analysis of important issues that have under-girded educational systems in our society. It is designed to be comprehensive in nature, with students completing a total of five online courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

Who Does This Program Benefit?

Because this graduate certificate program is offered totally online, students in the Kansas City region and indeed across the globe can expand their knowledge and further their professional development in any number of areas. Teachers and administrators in PK-12 settings, school counselors, students in Higher Education Administration programs, individuals serving in youth programs, or individuals interested in pursuing the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations at UMKC should apply. Applicants are required to have a completed Bachelor’s degree upon start of the program.

What Does The Program Look Like?

This certificate program is offered 100% online, and is designed to allow students to complete in as little as four semesters.

Application Procedures

Applicants for this certificate program must complete the following:

  • Complete the online UMKC Graduate Application
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited institution showing the awarding of an undergraduate degree. Transcripts are considered official if they are received in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically to the Office of Admissions (
  • Provide two letters of recommendation to the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy & Foundations (ELPF) at the UMKC School of Education: 615 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Required Curriculum

EDUC-UL 5525Cultural Foundations Of Education3
EDUC-UL 5526Philosophical Foundations Of Education3
EDUC-UL 5527Historical Foundations Of Education3
EDUC-UL 5528Sociological Foundations Of Education3

In addition to these required courses, students must also select ONE of the following elective courses to complete the certificate program:

EDUC-UL 5524Philosophical Inquiry And Education3
EDUC-UL 5602Seminar In The History Of American Urban Education3
EDUC-UL 5655Studies In Philosophy Of Education3