Our program focuses on the challenges and rewards in urban education, preparing you to successfully teach in a variety of settings.

Multiple levels (Grades K-12)

The K-12 Education program prepares future teachers to teach in their subject area. The program places student teachers in one of our nine partner school districts focusing on teaching within urban environments.

What will the program look like?

Students who enter UMKC as freshmen in or before Fall 2018 and incoming transfer students interested in teaching art or foreign languages:

For students who will meet all prerequisites for the Teacher Education Professional Program by Fall 2020, our Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education offers emphasis areas leading to K-12 certification in the following content areas: Art, French, German, or Spanish. 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.

Students who enter UMKC as freshmen in Fall 2019 or later interested in teaching art or foreign languages:

We encourage students interested in becoming art, Spanish, French, or German teachers 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 K-12 certification after graduation. The College of Arts and Sciences offers undergraduate degree programs that will provide students with the content knowledge needed to be a strong teacher in their field.

Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree in a content area and are interested in teaching art or foreign languages:

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. The Master of Arts in Teaching can prepare students for K-12 initial certification in Art, French, German, or Spanish.

Students who are interested in teaching music:

The UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance offers degree programs leading to certification in K-12 Vocal Music and Instrumental Music.

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 will have the full resources of our School at your disposal.
  • Your future students in kindergarten through twelfth grade 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.