College of Education
The centers in the College of Education are a vital resource to education students. They provide amazing training opportunities to better prepare students for their future careers. The centers give students better access to resources that increase their knowledge and complement their classroom education. Gaining experience through these centers provide students with real-world experience before they graduate. The Alliance for Innovation and Research in Education plays play an instrumental role in helping UCM seek external funding for these centers.
Central Regional Professional Development Center
The mission of the Central Regional Professional Development Center is to maximize student performance through high quality professional development. This center offers workshops and initiatives to both education students and professionals in the community. It offers a wide variety of services that cater to the school districts in this region.
Missouri Center for Career Education
The Missouri Center for Career Education serves as the focal point for statewide coordination of communications, products and services. It provides quality curriculum and research, targeted professional development and innovative instructional resources to support Missouri’s career and technical education system.
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Midwest Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders
The Midwest Clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders will provide a regional resource to meet the needs of individuals with autism, their families and their school districts. The clinic will draw from the expertise and experience of faculty from Special Education, Communication Disorders and Psychology. They will provide the multidisciplinary perspective needed to effectively assess and teach students with ASD, while providing ongoing support for families and school professionals. The center will serve as a place where university students seeking education careers can get hands-on experience working with students with ASD and their families.
Professional Development School Partnership
The Professional Development School is a collaborative partnership between faculty from a public school and UCM, working together to train the teachers of tomorrow. College students pursuing teaching careers work in public school classrooms with faculty from surrounding school districts as well as from UCM. Teacher candidates have the opportunity to work with P-12 students in a variety of settings. This early classroom experience helps the students affirm their career choice and makes them better teachers when they enter the profession.
Midwest Center for Charter Schools and Urban Education
The Midwest Center for Charter Schools and Urban Education sponsors nine charter schools in Kansas City, MO. The center offers oversight and guidance toward educational best practices in these schools. UCM students are able to observe classroom practices in each charter school. 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.