As part of the Teacher Education Professional Program, the Master of Arts in Teaching is rooted in a deep commitment to equity, social justice, and PK-12 public education. An urban focus informs our work with partner school districts—our collaborative partners in Teacher Education.

Master’s of Arts in Teaching

Our cohort-based graduate program is designed for those already holding a bachelor’s degree who are interested in becoming certified as a teacher. We prepare students for initial teacher certification within the Teacher Education Professional Program, fulfilling all requirements for Missouri teacher certification for Middle School (grades 5-9), High School (grades 9-12), or K-12 Education.

Student teaching in front of classroom

What will the program look like?

The Master of Arts in Teaching is a developmentally-sequenced program designed to help students gain foundational knowledge, understand their discipline and classroom practices, plan instruction and assessment, and demonstrate effective teaching. All students complete 51 credit hours that are common across certification areas. Students also complete an additional 15-24 credit hours (depending on their intended certification area) that are specific to their grade level and content.

Certification Areas

The Master of Arts in Teaching can prepare students for initial teacher certification in a variety of content areas serving middle or secondary grades, or across grades kindergarten through twelve.  Each certification has a unique set of prerequisite undergraduate coursework specific to its content area. Contact us to arrange to speak with a faculty member who can help you review how coursework you have already taken meets UMKC’s content area requirements.

High School Teacher Certification (grades 9-12)
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
    • Biology
      • Unified Science, Biology
    • Chemistry
      • Unified Science, Chemistry
    • Earth Science
      • Unified Science, Earth Science
    • Physics
      • Unified Science, Physics
  • Social Science
Middle School Teacher Certification (Grades 5-9)
  • Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science
Foreign Language and Art Certifications (Grades K-12)
  • Art
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Admissions Requirements

  1. Undergraduate degree from an accredited university
  2. A minimum grade of C in all content courses with an overall content area GPA of 3.0
  3. Transcripts which document completion of all Missouri content area certification requirements
  4. Missouri State Police and FBI background check
  5. Two letters of recommendation that address the candidate’s potential to be an educator
  6. Candidate narrative statement describing the intentions and purposes for becoming a K-12, middle, or high school teacher in a high-need school district
  7. Completion of the Missouri Content Area Assessments (MoCA). This assessment must be passed by the end of the first semester of the program.

Application Procedures

  1. Complete the online UMKC Graduate Application.
  2. 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)
  3. Send narrative statement to, and arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent to:
    Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
    Connie Fischer
    615 E. 52nd Street, Room 310
    Kansas City, MO 64110