School of Education FAQs


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General FAQs

Why choose UMKC School of Education?
What areas of teacher certification are offered at the UMKC School of Education?
What are the Teacher Education program admission requirements?
What if I already have a bachelor’s degree? What requirements do I have to meet?
Can I graduate in 4 years?
How much of my transfer credit will UMKC accept?
Are there scholarships available in the School of Education?
Does UMKC School of Education have an alternative certification program?
Does UMKC School of Education offer provisional certification to teach?
What graduate programs do you offer?
How do I become a principal?
What is the Institute for Urban Education?
How do I schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor?
Can I meet with an advisor before being admitted to UMKC?
Does UMKC have transfer agreements with local community colleges?
Which area of certification should I pursue?
Can I choose where to do my student teaching?

What are the partner school districts that the School of Education works with?

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Certification & Graduation FAQs

What if I don’t want to start teaching right away? Should I wait to request my initial teaching certificate?
How do I get verification of my certification for my job search?
When will I receive my actual teaching certificate?
Is there anything else I need to do to get my teaching certificate, once I graduate?
What if I completed all degree requirements but did not pass the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)?
What if I have not completed all degree requirements (earn a diploma) but I've been offered a teaching position?
How do I know the type of certificate I will receive and the effective date?
What if I am moving out of state? How do I transfer my certification to another state?
I was told I need to complete a “Beginning Teacher Assistance Program” to maintain my certificate. How do I do that?
On my job applications, it asks what type of certificate I will have earned. What should I type in?

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Field Placement FAQs

Can I choose the school where I want to be placed?
Can I observe or complete my field experience at the school from which I graduated?
How many hours do I need to spend in my field placement?
Why has my field placement not been confirmed?
Do I have to teach in an urban school when I graduate?
Is it OK to use social networking to interact with students?
What if my school has a snow day or closes?
When do I begin my student teaching?
How long do I have to student teach?
What if my CMT does not allow me to teach a particular unit or topic?
If I am pursuing a K-12 certification area, when do I switch between my two placements?
What if I get sick or I am unable to attend a day while I am student teaching?
How many absences am I allowed?
What if my CMT gets sick and has a substitute teacher, what do I do?
Which academic calendar do I follow, UMKC’s or the school that I am student teaching in?
What if I have a question that is not answered here?

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