Dean’s Welcome

Chris BrownThank you for your interest in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s (UMKC) School of Education!  Founded in 1954, the same year as the historic Brown v. Topeka Board of Education decision, the UMKC School of Education has a long history of educating outstanding teachers, principals and administrators, counseling psychologists and mental health professionals. Our nearly 15,500 alumni live and work worldwide, creating lifelong opportunities through education for diverse urban communities.

With a vision to be a leading urban-serving school of education in the nation, the School’s 18 undergraduate, post-bachelors, masters, educational specialists, and doctoral programs prepare students across a wide range of professions in order that they may transform the world of education as we currently know it. Our nationally recognized faculty and dedicated staff and their unwavering commitment to our mission, assures that the School continues on a trajectory for greatness. I invite you to join us in our work across the School’s three divisions.

  • We are committed to thoughtfully revising our Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies teacher education programs to ensure our students are well-prepared to meet the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s new standards and performance expectations. Specifically, we will be piloting the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment and working on developing and implementing professional development for our teacher candidates, mentor teachers, university supervisors and faculty in the area of candidate evaluation. Further, we will be ensuring that our programs meet the new Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards.
  • Given the newly bestowed accreditation for our Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance Program, we anticipate that our Counseling and Educational Psychology programs will attract even more potential students who value an academic program that consistently meets quality standards and promotes excellence in the preparation of counseling professionals. Our current focus on aligning our school counseling program goals with the new CAEP standards and piloting the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) for school counselors will further ensure that our school counselor candidates have a positive impact on student well-being and development.
  • Our programs in Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations prepare educational leaders in PK-12 and higher education settings. A comprehensive review of our Master of Arts PK-12 program is underway to ensure that our program meets the new CAEP standards. Through the creation of four focus areas: Student Affairs, Sports Administration, Disability Services and Foundations, the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration provides students an opportunity to choose a concentration that aligns with their professional goals and will both deepen and broaden their knowledge in a particular area of interest.

The entire School of Education faculty and staff are committed to your success and delighted to have the opportunity to help prepare you to serve in a variety of educational settings.

As agents of social change, we have a responsibility to disavow oppressive attitudes and advocate for social justice. And, we look forward to continuing to collaborate with our district partners, community stakeholders and others as we engage in this important work. I feel fortunate to be an academic psychologist at UMKC, a proud alumna of the School, and now have the opportunity to serve as its interim dean until the School’s next dynamic leader is named.


Chris Brown Ph.D.
Interim Dean