Graduate Certificate in Educational Foundations


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 it in as little as four semesters.


How Can I Afford My Degree?

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


  • EDUL 5525: Cultural Foundations of Education, 3 hrs.
  • EDUL 5526: Philosophical Foundations of Education, 3 hrs.
  • EDUL 5527: Historical Foundations of Education, 3 hrs.
  • EDUL 5528: Sociological Foundations of Education, 3 hrs.

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

  • EDUL 5524: Philosophical Inquiry, 3 hrs.
  • EDUL 5602: Seminar in the History of American Urban Education, 3 hrs.
  • EDUL 5655: Studies in Philosophy of Education, 3 hrs. (Prerequisite: EDUL 5526)

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