Whether you’ve always wanted to teach or you’re considering it for the first time, our undergraduate programs will give you a solid foundation to launch your teaching career. Not sure where to start? Our faculty and advisors will help you find the right fit.

Interested in becoming a middle or high school teacher? Earn your bachelor’s degree in your content area at UMKC and enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching program to earn middle school or high school certification after graduation. Certification areas include language arts, mathematics, social science, science, art, French, German, and Spanish. The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences offer undergraduate degree programs that will provide students with the content knowledge needed to be a strong teacher in their field.

Interested in teaching music? The UMKC Conservatory offers degree programs leading to certification in K-12 Vocal Music and Instrumental Music.

Early Childhood (Birth-Grade 3)

Perfect for anyone who enjoys working with young children, the Early Childhood program focuses on education from birth through age 8. Students are placed in one of our nine partner school districts with an emphasis on teaching within urban or diverse settings.

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Elementary (Grades 1-6)

This field-based program focuses on getting students into the classroom to learn in a real-world setting. Students learn to teach core subjects, and most classes occur in our partner schools.

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Minor in Exercise Science

Learn how exercise and the human body work together to promote health and fitness. Ideal for those interested in fitness, coaching, and allied health.

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