Our program focuses on the challenges and rewards of middle schools and high schools, preparing you to successfully teach students who are at a crucial phase of their development.

Middle School and Secondary Education

The Middle School Education Program offers certifications to teach grades 5-9, while the Secondary Education program offers certification for grades 9-12.

What will the program look like?

Students entering UMKC as freshmen in or before Fall 2018 and incoming transfer students:

For students who will meet all prerequisites for the undergraduate Teacher Education Professional Program by Fall 2020, we offer Bachelor of Arts degrees leading to middle and high school certification.

  • The Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Education offers emphasis areas leading to Middle School Certification (grades 5-9) in the following content areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education offers emphasis areas leading to High School Certification (grades 9-12) in the following content areas: English, Mathematics, Social Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Unified Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics).

Contact the School of Education Student Services to speak with an advisor about meeting professional requirements and applying to enter the Teacher Education Professional Program by Fall 2020.

Transfer Students: Sign up for a free TEACH Kansas City account to receive access to tools and resources like 1-on-1 coaching, application fee reimbursements, and the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to put towards tuition. Sign up today!

Students entering UMKC as freshmen in Fall 2019 or later, or those transferring from another institution who will not be ready to enter the Teacher Education Professional Program by Fall 2020:

We encourage students interested in becoming a middle school or high school teacher to earn a Bachelor’s degree in their content area at UMKC and to enroll in the Master of Arts in Teaching program to earn middle school or high school certification after graduation. The College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences each offer undergraduate degree programs that will provide students with the content knowledge needed to be a strong teacher in their field.

The Master of Arts in Teaching can prepare students for certification in the following content areas:

  • Middle School (grades 5-9): Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Science
  • High School (grades 9-12): English, Mathematics, Social Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics and Unified Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics).
Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree in a content area:

We welcome students with a degree in their content area to apply for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program. This degree is designed for students to earn teacher certification while pursuing graduate study. See above for middle school and high school certification areas offered.

Who benefits from this degree?

  • You will benefit: Students who come out of our Teacher Education program are prepared to teach in any school with diverse student populations and backgrounds. After graduation, you will have the opportunity to interview with districts in the Metro area and have the full resources of our school at your disposal.
  • Your future students in middle school and high school will benefit: From your first day on the job, you will be able to teach classes with diverse populations, take charge of a classroom, and provide your students a high-caliber education.
  • The community will benefit: Our program holds a partnership with area schools that helps you understand the strengths and the needs of a community. You will be prepared to build relationships in the classroom and partnerships in the community.