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Centers & Institutes

Centers & Institutes

As a publicly supported institution, the University of Central Missouri is committed to serving the community. Our centers and institutes are one way we do this.

Africana Studies Center
Our mission is to develop scholars who will teach, research, and understand the experiences of people of African descent throughout the world. Students will discover a rich variety of experiences in the program which is interdisciplinary, multicultural and community oriented.

Center for Economic Education
Working directly with teachers from all grade levels, the center provides economic education materials and training for teachers and interested members of the community.

Center for Music Technology
The UCM Center for Music Technology stands at the intersection of music, audio, engineering, and computer science. Offering two full recording studios with outstanding equipment and other facilities for composition, sound design, audio production, and related tasks, the Center is home to the Music Technology degree program in the Department of Music. The Center's facilities are available to the public on a limited basis, providing students in the program with high-impact learning opportunities, working with members of the community.

Center for Religious Studies
One of the questions that is asked often by students is, "Why study other religions?" The national report on Religion in the Curriculum answers this question by saying, "To be thoughtful citizens, to vote intelligently, to relate constructively to one another in schools and colleges, students need to understand as much as possible about the diverse religions in which they live.

Center for Spatial Data Analysis
Located in the Humphreys building, the Center for Spatial Data Analysis is equipped with the latest Geographic Information System (GIS) software. Students use the center's lab for a variety of university and local community projects. Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems are also taught in this facility.

Center for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning is one of the five support units under the Information Technology and Instruction office. The CTL offers a range of grants to faculty such as Central Technology, Multimedia Classroom Maintenance, Instructional Research and Development, Online Course Development, Technology Travel, Teaching Development, and Speaker Series. A Peer Review program is available for faculty members who need assistance in modifying their instructional methods, and the CTL also oversees the Service Learning program on campus which allows students to learn and develop through active participation in service experiences that meet actual community needs.

Center for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Center for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Central Missouri is home to an interdisciplinary program that draws on the talents of faculty from across campus and the country. In addition to a student group, S.A.G.E. - Students Advocating Gender Equality, the Center sponsors special events during Women's History Month, an annual fundraiser, and various other activities through the year intended to highlight women's and gender issues. The Center also annually issues the Pat Ashman Women's Studies Scholarship to an individualized major or minor in Women's Studies for her/his academic excellence. In 2008, the Center created the Renee T. Betz Endowment for Women's Studies to be used in a variety of ways to further the program and it's students.

Child Development Center
The Child Development Center is a learning environment for two to six year-olds dedicated to reflecting progressive work in the field of Early Childhood Education with children and families. The center assists college students by providing a working classroom where quality Early Childhood Education can be observed. As part of the College of Education, we strive to be a model program for others in the profession.

The Entrepreneur Zone Innovation Center
The mission of the Entrepreneur Zone is to promote, advocate and provide leadership and support of technology access for Missouri companies and citizens so they can enhance research, development and technology commercialization, which will create economic growth, sustainable jobs and wealth.

Gerontology Institute
A resource in the field of aging, this institute provides research, service, and training to agencies and professionals. In addition to sponsoring workshops and seminars, the institute shares recent scholarly findings and provides professional training to those working in the gerontology field.

Information Technology and Instruction
Information Technology and Instruction advances Central Missouri's academic mission by encouraging and supporting the advancement of instruction, developing instructional materials, providing and maintaining programs and facilities to support the use of instructional technology and distance learning, advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning, and facilitating service learning.

Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies & Development
The institute provides educational programs and services in technology and business skills for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Experts located both on and off campus provide consulting, training, and research assistance.

Institute of Justice and International Studies
The institute serves students, faculty, and professionals by organizing on-campus symposia and academic conferences. These focus on specific areas of criminal justice, such as juvenile justice or counter-terrorism. Frequently these events have international themes for which experts from around the world make presentations at the UCM.

Institute for Public Safety and Central Missouri Police Academy
The Institute for Public Safety and Central Missouri Police Academy, a division of the Missouri Safety Center, is a full-service continuing education provider for those interested in pursuing or furthering a career in public safety (law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and homeland security) and basic 600-hour law enforcement academy. The CMPA is approved by the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission to provide the Peace Officer basic training academy. Formerly known as the National Police Institute, the CMPA has an outstanding reputation for providing professional training for those who desire a career in law enforcement.

Institute for Rural Emergency Management
The Institute for Rural Emergency Management (IREM) at the University of Central Missouri was established in June 2005 to meet a demonstrated need for technical assistance in rural communities. UCM is the only university in the U.S. to create a community outreach center focused on the emergency management needs of rural America, which are distinct from the needs of urban and suburban communities.

Intensive English Language Center
The center’s primary program provides instruction in English as a second language and an introduction to American culture to about 120 students from seven nations each year.

International Center
A vital regional source of international culture, the university’s International Center gives residents the opportunity to learn about the lives and cultures of students from countries around the world. It also provides services to international students, manages the study-abroad program, and offers an international studies minor.

Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies
Created by 12 educational institutions (including UCM) in the United States, Mexico, and Europe, the center is based at Teikyo University in Holland. It offers two semester-length study-abroad programs each year, focusing on a comparative, multidisciplinary approach to transatlantic relationships and developments.

Midwest Center for Charter Schools and Urban Education
The center sponsors nine charter schools in Kansas City, MO and offers oversight and guidance toward educational best practices in these schools. UCM education students, as student teachers and classroom observers, reflect on their preparation as future teachers in a challenging yet nurturing environment. They learn skills that serve them well when working with diverse students in any setting.

Military and Veterans Success Center
UCM's Military and Veterans Success Center provides a location for military and veteran students to interact with one another in a student lounge, hold study groups in the centralized student common area, access computer workstations and seek assistance from staff members. The center also houses the VA representative from the Missouri Career Center to assist veterans with employment opportunities, mentoring for interview skills and resume building.

Missouri Safety Center
Established July 1, 1967, the Missouri Safety Center located on the campus of the University of Central Missouri, in Warrensburg, Missouri, proves the benefits of combining an academic department with a training center, creating a hybrid unit dedicated to the safety and welfare of all citizens. The MSC strives to prevent injury and death through education, training, research, public service, and publications.

Missouri Center for Career Education
The Missouri Center for Career Education serves as the focal point for statewide coordination of communications, products, and services. The Center provides quality curriculum and research, targeted professional development, and innovative instructional resources to support Missouri’s career and technical education system.

Regional Professional Development Center
The center promotes quality instruction in the classroom and overall school improvement by offering professional development opportunities. These include in-services and workshops for practicing teachers and administrators especially in science, math, technology, reading, and writing. Call 800-762-4146 or visit our site for more information.

Small Business and Technology Development Center
Part of the Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies & Development, the Small Business Development Center offers practical management and technical assistance to small-business owners and managers. The SBDC links university, federal, state, and private resources to counsel and train owners and managers, and assist new and existing small business firms to become more productive and profitable.

Summer Piano Institute
Designed to serve students in grades 7 through 12, the institute offers intensive piano study, including daily instruction, master classes, and classes in music theory and piano literature.

Welch-Schmidt Center for Communication Disorders
Also known as the Speech and Hearing Clinic, the center is an 8,600-square-foot self-contained unit. It’s one of the finest facilities for clinical training in the country, and offers clinical services to the community.