• Can I participate in the program if I have already earned leadership certification?
    No. If you have already earned leadership certification, you are not eligible to participate in the program. To participate in the program, you must enroll in either our Master of Arts in PK-12 Educational Administration – Building Level Certification (M.A.) program or our Educational Specialist in Educational Administration – Building Level Certification (Ed.S.) program.
  • What kind of experience do I need to be eligible for the program?
    Our residents are a diverse set of educators who have at least three years of teaching experience, a passion for helping teachers do their best work, and a deep commitment to the students, families and communities of Kansas City.
  • How much does the program cost?
    As a PLUS resident, you are responsible for tuition and fees associated with earning your Master’s degree, paid out according to the university’s payment schedule. If you are interested in pursuing financial aid to assist with tuition expenses, you must do so independently, as eligibility varies.
  • Will I get paid during the residency?
    Yes. During the residency you are employed by the district or school where you work, and you will receive full benefits and a salary from them, on par with the position you hold.
  • Which types of schools do you partner with in Kansas City?
    We partner with district, charter and parochial schools.
  • How will I find a placement school?
    We provide placement assistance and connect residents with our school partners, but it is your responsibility to secure placement.
  • I already work in a Kansas City school, can I do my residency at that school?
    It depends. We decide on school partnerships on a case-by-case basis, but if you’re in a role where you have release time to coach other teachers, we will do our best to make it work.
  • How does the Kansas City PLUS program differ from the traditional M.A. or Ed.S. degree program offered at UMKC?
    UMKC PLUS is a rigorous, real-time pathway to principal certification and school leadership positions because you complete your clinical hours, receive on-site coaching, and receive monthly targeted professional development in addition to completing university coursework required for the MA or Ed.S. degree. The traditional UMKC M.A. and Ed.S. program allows for additional time as needed to complete degree requirements and does not include the coaching component.