The vision and mission of the School of Education (SOE) rests on over 65 years of partnerships with the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  These relationships have engaged school districts, charter schools, hospitals, mental health agencies, educational organizations, social service organizations, and related civic, cultural, and business organizations.  Since its inception, the SOE has been a shining example for advancing the mission and vision of UMKC, the only public urban-serving research university located in the heart of Kansas City.  Earning the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2015, UMKC carries out this commitment every day in the SOE.

Today, with over 16,000 alumni, the SOE is a place that openly welcomes and supports all people who possess a broad range of backgrounds, life experiences, interests, and aspirations.  Our students have found employment all over the Kansas City metro area, the region, the country, and the world.

The vision and mission statements are in keeping with our motto:  Learn Here, Serve Anywhere.

Vision Statement

To be a leading urban-serving School of Education, committed to social justice and transformation in the Kansas City metropolitan area, the region, and beyond

Mission Statement

To recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and educational leaders who will create lifelong opportunities for the diverse communities they serve through excellence in teaching, research, and practice