The Mission of UMKC School of Education’s Institute for Urban Education (IUE) is to prepare and support exemplary teachers for richly diverse schools in Kansas City.

Our partner schools are situated in contexts that may include racially, culturally and linguistically diverse student populations that have been historically underserved in US public schools.

With a focus on culturally responsive teaching; relationships with students, family and the community; and innovation in teaching and learning, we are committed to reciprocal partnerships with our school partners and the community.

IUE Presents: Voices in Education

As part of our commitment to education across Kansas City and in response to the binary pandemics we find ourselves experiencing, this summer the IUE will sponsor a 4-part webinar series. These “Voices in Education” sessions will offer insight and information for teachers as they prepare for the new school year. The webinars will offer tools, strategies and resources as well as highlight best practices from Kansas City area teachers.

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Programs and Services

In addition to teacher preparation, additional IUE key elements include community involvement and support for schools. Specific programs include Grow Your Own initiatives, Career Changer opportunities for those shifting their profession to become teachers, and service to schools in support of beginning and practicing teachers.

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About IUE’s Teacher Preparation Programs

IUE teacher preparation is a cohort program specially designed to enhance preparation for teaching in Kansas City urban schools. Students admitted to the IUE receive scholarships, and are part of a cohort with experiences that include enhanced professional development, mentoring and increased experiences in partner schools in the Kansas City community.

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Apply to the IUE

The Institute for Urban Education (IUE) is a scholarship and supplemental preparation program that supports students seeking teacher certification (undergraduate OR Master of Arts in Teaching) at UMKC. IUE scholarships are available to incoming freshman, transfer students and students applying to the Master of Arts in Teaching program. In exchange for their IUE scholarship, students commit to teach in an IUE partner urban district for four years following graduation.

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The IUE has been a premiere teacher preparation program in Kansas City since 2005. The first set of graduates began teaching in 2009. Today, these educators continue to be leaders in Kansas City schools!

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We have a critical shortage of highly qualified teachers in our community. Join us to prepare exemplary teachers for tomorrow’s richly diverse schools. You may create an endowed or expendable scholarship, combine your gift with our other supporters to grow existing scholarships, or support the operational growth of this proven program. Gift planning, such as distributions from an IRA, annuity, life insurance policy or bequest are always welcome. Contact Shelly Doucet, Director of Philanthropy, at or 816-235-6025 for more information, or click here to make an immediate gift.

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