UMKC School of Education Conceptual Framework
The teacher education programs of the School of Education (SOE) are nationally accredited at the bachelor's, master's, educational specialist and doctoral levels by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
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Mission & Values
The mission of the School of Education is to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities through education for America's diverse urban communities. This mission is centered on six key values which embody the knowledge, skills and dispositions expected of our candidates across the School of Education. The goals defined by individual programs are more specific subsets of these broader values:
- Academic excellence
- Strategic innovation
- Inquiry leading to reflective decision-making and problem-solving
- Skilled and knowledgeable professionals working collaboratively
- Democracy, diversity, and social justice
- Creating caring and safe environments
To be a leading urban-serving school of education in the nation.
- Foster and model a collaborative environment
- Ensure academic excellence
- Increase research focused on urban education
- Provide leadership for urban schools and healthy communities
- Ensure infrastructure for achieving strategic plan
- Optimize and increase resources