The UMKC School of Education’s Institute for Urban Education (IUE) is a cohort program specially designed to enhance preparation for teaching in Kansas City urban schools. Students admitted to the IUE receive scholarships, professional development, and increased experiences in partner schools in the Kansas City community.

Program Highlights

Students may be admitted anytime depending on the number of applicable hours already completed. The program prepares teachers for success in urban classrooms by exploring issues of social justice and multicultural education. IUE students receive scholarships and, in exchange, commit to teach in a Kansas City area urban partner district for at least four years following graduation.

General IUE Admission

All of the following application materials must be submitted:

  • Supplemental application (pdf) for the Institution for Urban Education
  • Personal statement of 750 words addressing interest and commitment to urban education
  • Two letters of reference
  • Completed FAFSA
  • Completed UMKC general scholarship applications
  • A formal interview

Application materials can be sent to:

Institute for Urban Education
Attention: Jen Fergerson
615 E 52nd Street, Suite 128A
Kansas City, MO 64110

or via email


IUE applicants will be reviewed by the IUE team. Potential finalists will be contacted to participate in the IUE admissions interview as the final component of the application process.

Interested in IUE?

  • Students interested in learning more or applying to the IUE should contact Jennifer Fergerson, IUE Project Coordinator,
  • General inquiries about the IUE can be addressed to
  • Those interested in community or school partnerships, please contact Dr. Jennifer Waddell, IUE Director and Sprint Foundation Endowed Professor in Urban Education,