School and Ranking Information
Prospective students in the Kansas City, MO, area interested in studying for teaching or educational administrative careers are in luck: there are six schools in the area with relevant programs. The top three schools all offer a range of undergraduate and graduate programs accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges and approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which means that graduates of the three universities are eligible for initial teacher certification in Missouri. Based on rankings, program levels offered, and number of degrees offered in educational administration and teaching, the top three schools are:
- Winner: University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) has a nationally ranked graduate education program. Of all three choices, the University of Missouri - Kansas City offers the broadest range of options for students interested in PK-12 teaching or administration of schools or colleges and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
- Runner Up #1: University of Central Missouri (UCM) is a regionally ranked school and is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It has the lowest tuition of the three.
- Runner Up #2: Park University is a private, not-for-profit university. It has the lowest student-faculty ratio on the list.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Missouri - Kansas City||University of Central Missouri||Park University|
|Ranking|| #132 among the best graduate education schools nationwide in 2014*
#201 among the best national universities in 2014*
|#92 among the best regional universities in the Midwest in 2014*||N/A|
|Location||Kansas City, MO||Warrensburg, MO (43.2 miles from Kansas City)||Parkville, MO (29.8 miles from Kansas City)|
|School Type||4-year public||4-year public||4-year private, not-for-profit|
|Tuition 2012-2013||$9,299 (in-state, undergraduate),
$21,833 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$6,935 (in-state, graduate),
$16,380 (out-of-state, graduate)**
|$7,147 (in-state, undergraduate),
$13,435 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$7,206 (in-state, graduate),
$13,726 (out-of-state, graduate)**
|Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, doctorate||Bachelor's, master's, educational specialist, doctorate||Bachelor's, master's|
|Education Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||313**||670**||112**|
|Most Popular Education Program in 2011-2012||Master's in curriculum and instruction (55 awarded)**||Master's in teacher education for multiple levels (106 awarded)**||Master's in general education (57 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Undergraduate Entering Class||48%**||49%**||41%**|
|Noteworthy||Holds accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education***||Also holds accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education***||Had a 12:1 student-faculty ratio as of 2012**|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
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Winner: University of Missouri - Kansas City
- The educational administration and teaching programs have multiple resources for students interested in working in urban schools
- The Center for Economic Education provides guidance for teachers so that they can teach their students about personal finance
- The School of Education has life coaches to help students sort out work and personal issues and to help them set career goals
Of all three choices, the University of Missouri - Kansas City offers the broadest range of options for students interested in PK-12 teaching or administration of schools or colleges. Bachelor of Arts programs lead to certification in early childhood education, elementary, middle, and secondary school education, as well as in individual PK-12 subject areas. As an education major in one of these areas, you must apply and be accepted into the Professional Teacher Education program in the School of Education at the end of your sophomore year or shortly thereafter. At the graduate level, there are graduate certificates, master's degrees, educational specialist degrees, and both Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy programs from which to choose; these offer either additional teacher training or educational administration training.
Runner-Up #1: University of Central Missouri
- The new Midwest Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders is located at UCM
- UCM began as a normal school in 1871, giving it a long history of preparing future teachers
- The Central Community Creed informs life on campus
The University of Central Missouri offers a Bachelor of Science in Education program, Master of Arts and Master of Science programs in teaching and administration, and educational specialist degree programs. Undergraduate areas of preparation include elementary education (with either a birth to third grade emphasis or a first to sixth grade emphasis), middle school education and several special education majors, as well as business education, occupational education, technical education and family and consumer science. Graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Teaching, a Master of Science in Education for school administration, and a Master of Science in Education with a focus on secondary curriculum and instruction. Students interested in secondary education should note that UCM offers this option only at the graduate level. Students interested in special education should note the Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic located on campus.
Runner-Up #2: Park University
- Park offers accelerated courses in an 8-week timeframe
- The Honors Academy provides special academic opportunities, advising and financial support for exceptional students
- Park offers a unique 'Success for Veterans' program that helps men and women make the transition from military to college life
Park University, while not offering the same range of undergraduate and graduate programs as UMKC and UCM, is a choice worth considering for students who want to become teachers or school administrators and who need the flexibility of part-time or accelerated study. Its teacher certification programs are approved by the state of Missouri, and its offerings include Bachelor of Science in Education programs in early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary education. A Master of Education in Educational Leadership is also offered. Park has multiple campuses, including one in downtown Kansas City that offers a BSEd in early childhood educational leadership that does not lead to certification.