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School of Professional Education and Leadership

Student-Focused Faculty

You’ll learn from a dynamic and diverse full-time faculty who have years of experience in their respective fields. Through small class sizes, you’ll get to know these outstanding teachers and scholars. You can count on them to mentor and guide you — at UCM and well into your future career. You are invited to explore the program areas and discover the various degree programs you need to be an effective educator. You’ll gain the essential skills and knowledge to help you compete in an increasingly diverse, technological, and global society. UCM has the student support services in place to ensure your success. 

A Variety of Programs To Choose From

With multiple discipines in our School, we provide numerous opportunities for collaboration. Learn more about our programs:

Degrees in the School of Professional Education and Leadership



Opportunities for Advancement and Education

Be a School or Community Leader

Our advanced degrees and graduate certificates can help you continue developing your teaching, community, or administration leadership skils. Expand your horizons in programs that include our innovative Collaborative Principal Preparation Program (CPPP) for secondary school principals. Stay on the cutting edge of education with our instructional technology program, designed to increase the skills of directors and coaches. Engage in career and community counseling with the support of stand-alone principal cohorts in your region. Work toward professional certification as a Special Education or Career and Technical Education director.

Non-Degree Seeking Certification Students

Non-CTE Fields

UCM offers many pathways to certification. For more information on Alternative Pathways to Certification for fields outside of Career and Technical Education, please contact our Office of Clinical Services and Certification.

Traditional Pathway to CTE Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC)

UCM offers all of the courses needed to fulfill the Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) requirements set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for Missouri Educator Certification in CTE career fields. The TAC is a one-year, renewable certificate for educators who have already been hired by a school district. Our courses meet the certification requirements and can be taken at either the Graduate or Undergraduate level. They can also be later applied toward a Bachelor’s, Certificate, or Master’s degree at the University of Central Missouri.

CTTE Cohort Program Pathway

The Career & Technical Teacher Educator (CTTE) program was developed in coordination with Career Center Directors to create alternative certification courses which are integrated, rigorous, and relevant for new Career & Technical teachers. These courses build on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) research based Teaching to Lead program. Each course is taught in an 8-week hybrid format (face-to-face and online) with varying course credit hours. Each blends objectives from foundations of education, teaching methods, curriculum development, assessment, and education of the exceptional child. The new model integrates the objectives as teachers do in the classroom. Participants choosing to be involved should note that this is a comprehensive program, not individual courses, so candidates will be committing to the full two years in the program. New sections begin each fall, with time and meeting locations determined by participant location. These courses can be used to continue on toward a Bachelor’s, Certificate, or Master’s degree at the University of Central Missouri.

Multiple Program Accreditations


UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


The Business Education program is endorsed by the National Business Education Association


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs has accredited the Counselor Education Program (Masters degrees for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentrations) for an eight-year period with conditions through October 31, 2026

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The Educational Technology MS has been designated as one of the 50 Best Master’s in Educational Technology Degrees for 2017


The Engineering and Technology Teacher Education program is the only university in Missouri recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association


The Family Consumer Sciences program is nationally accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences


The Library Science program has been nationally recognized by the American Association of School Librarians

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Our Library Science program has been designated as one of the 2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Library Science Degrees by OnlineU



"The faculty and staff at UCM have provided me with the background, experience, and confidence to pursue multiple opportunities. After completion of my BSE in FACS followed by my  MSE in school administration, I have chosen to continue my education through the cooperative doctoral program in educational leadership and policy analysis and call UCM my home while working with other professionals across the state."


Office Professional

Lacey Fischer
Lovinger 4101
Tel: (660) 543-4452




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