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Contact Dr. Gus Jacob If You Have Questions about Kansas City PLUS: jacoba@umkc.edu

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NOW HIRING: The UMKC School of Education is searching for a Leadership Coach to support program residents in becoming outstanding school leaders. Click HERE to apply!

Every Kansas City student deserves to be challenged, engaged and valued at school—but that kind of learning environment doesn’t just happen. It’s created by school leaders with the vision and skill to motivate an entire school community.

Kansas City PLUS (Pathway to Leadership in Urban Schools) is a two-year principal certification and master’s degree program for talented educators who want to become transformational school leaders. By studying concrete skills and practicing them in a real school setting, our residents learn to create supportive learning environments where all students can thrive.

After an intensive summer training, PLUS residents spend two years in a local district or charter school developing a team of teachers, under the guidance of an expert leadership coach.

Residents who demonstrate an ability to improve instruction and increase student learning earn their principal certification and a master’s degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Kansas City PLUS is building a network of locally developed school leaders who are dedicated to the success of every student in Kansas City.

Degree Programs Offered

As a PLUS resident, you can earn one of two building-level certification degree programs offered by UMKC:

  • Master of Arts in PK-12 Educational Administration – Building Level Certification (MA) is a program is designed for residents who have a bachelor’s degree. Learn more.
  • Educational Specialist in Educational Administration – Building Level Certification (Ed.S) is a program designed for residents who have completed a teacher preparation program, have a valid teaching certificate, and have completed a master’s degree in a field outside of educational administration. Learn more.

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Our Team and Partners

Meet the dedicated team working with our partner schools and organizations to prepare the next generation of dynamic school leaders for Kansas City schools and creating excellent educational opportunities for Kansas City students.

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Our Residents

Leaders in the Kansas City PLUS program bring diversity, creativity, and commitment to Kansas City schools.

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Our Program Step-by-Step

Kansas City PLUS is a two-year, practice-based principal certification residency and master’s program that helps talented educators become capable school leaders. Learn more about how the program works.

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Our residents are a diverse set of educators who have at least three years of teaching experience, a passion for helping teachers do their best work, and a deep commitment to the students, families and communities of Kansas City.

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Please note, the application deadline is April 15th.