Graduate Certificate Programs

The School of Education’s graduate certificates are short, focused programs of study taught online and/or in classrooms by UMKC School of Education faculty. For working professionals, certificate programs may increase earning potential, assist students in developing new skills in preparation for a career change, or provide the opportunity to “get their feet wet” before committing to a longer-term degree program. Upon satisfactory completion; however, each of the courses within the specific certificate programs may be applied to a graduate degree. For existing students, certificate programs allow for further specialization in a particular field of study.

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

The evidence is overwhelming: When urban students receive appropriate services that address the whole child and have effective teachers, they can learn and achieve at levels comparable to their middle class and suburban peers, despite the sizable inequities and challenges they have to overcome.

 

Become an agent of change and help sustain our communities with a graduate certificate in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. The UMKC School of Education’s newest graduate certificate in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy will help teachers and administrators develop:

  • Greater insights into the values and perspectives of students, parents, and other stakeholders with an interest in public education
  • New strategies for building relationships among all participants in the schooling process and for engaging students in meaningful and productive learning experiences.

Required Courses

The certificate program is designed to be completed in one year, with two classes offered in the fall semester and two in the spring semester.

 

Application Procedures

  • 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 (admit@umkc.edu)
  • Provide two letters of recommendation to the Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at the UMKC School of Education: 615 E. 52nd St., Kansas City, Missouri 64110

Program Contact

Etta Hollins, Ph.D.
Kauffman Endowed Chair for Urban Teacher Education
816-235-2460
hollinse@umkc.edu

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Reading Intervention

The Reading Intervention Graduate Certificate program is for certified teachers who are currently, or will be, working with struggling readers on a regular basis, providing an avenue for in-service teachers to gain additional expertise in a focused manner. Classes focus on improving the quality and effectiveness of instruction in Tier 2 and 3 reading. Consisting of four courses, the certificate can be completed in just one year.

 

Non-degree seeking students who are only seeking DESE Special Reading certification (not a Master’s or Education Specialist in Reading/Language & Literacy) will benefit from this certificate.

 

Required Courses

Visit UMKC’s Catalog for a list of required courses.

Application Procedures

  • 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 (admit@umkc.edu)

Program Contact

Nora Peterman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Language and Literacy
(816) 235-2493
petermanno@umkc.edu

 

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