Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation

Strategic Action Plan

On January 6, 2010, the School of Education held a school-wide Comprehensive Strategic Planning Retreat to discuss the direction for the school for the next three to five years. The retreat was attended by faculty and staff of the School of Education along with community partners and student representatives. At that retreat, attendees reaffirmed and clarified the school’s mission, vision, and values and provided input for the creation of the School’s Strategic Action Plan.

The School is currently working toward achieving six strategic goals:

  1. Foster and model a collaborative environment;
  2. Ensure academic excellence;
  3. Increase research focused on urban education;
  4. Provide leadership for urban schools and healthy communities;
  5. Ensure infrastructure for achieving the strategic plan; and
  6. Optimize and increase resources.


UMKC’s School of Education Assessment Plan seeks to insure that we admit and prepare individuals who become education professionals possessing the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed to positively affect the lives of children and youth. The assessment plan includes systems for the assessment of candidates’ progress, of programs, of faculty performance, and of unit operations overall. The Conceptual Framework drives the assessment system. In both initial and advanced programs, program goals are correlated to the conceptual framework, as well as to national standards. The Assessment Committee, comprised of faculty and ad-hoc staff and administration members, is responsible for the ongoing development, implementation and oversight of unit-wide assessment activities.


Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology

The Master’s program in Counseling and Guidance is nationally accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) (2014 – 2024)

The Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association since 1985. If you have questions about our program’s accreditation status, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street N.E. Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979


Division of Curriculum and Instruction

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher EducationThe 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. UMKC’s School of Education has been NCATE-accredited since 1961. The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.


Accredited status is a reliable indication of the value and quality of an educational institution and its programs to students and the public. Read more.


NCATE Accreditation Update:

In March 2012, Chancellor Leo E. Morton, Provost Gail Hackett and Dean Wanda Blanchett, along with the administration, faculty and staff of the University of Missouri – Kansas City, proudly announced the continuing accreditation for the School of Education by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Accreditation is good for seven years, the maximum period allowed.


The School of Education passed all six NCATE standards: candidate knowledge, skills and professional dispositions; assessment system and unit evaluation; field experiences and clinical practice; diversity; faculty qualifications, performance, and development; and unit governance and resources with no areas for improvement noted. Additionally, the School was recognized in the area of diversity as having exceeded national standards in curriculum, faculty, and candidate experiences with diverse learners. All 31 of the School’s certification programs also were reviewed and approved by the state.

NCATE/MoSTEP Review of UMKC School of Education Certification Programs