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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

FCS Workshops

New This Year: FCS Teacher Workshops!

Fashion: Sustainability and Branding with Technology

  • November 1
  • Warrensburg @ UCM

Cooking Gluten-Free: Why and How

  • November 2
  • Warrensburg @ UCM

Sew with Confidence: Learning the Basics for YOUR Classroom

  • April 9 & 10
  • Warrensburg @ UCM

Career Pathways for the Teaching Profession

  • May 19 & 20
  • Jefferson City @ Best Western

To register, complete our online registration form!

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.

PLTW Graduate Credit Opportunities

PLTW Core Training Institute (Graduate Credit Only)

UCM offers Graduate credit for educators completing PLTW Core Training Institute (CTI) requirements. These courses are only offered during the summer semester. All PLTW CTI courses are only $120/credit hour!

What is PLTW?

The Engineering and Technology Teacher Education Program within the School of Professional Education and Leadership in the College of Education is nationally certified to provide pre-service training for technology education majors in the internationally acclaimed secondary engineering education program, PLTW. The University of Central Missouri and Purdue University were the first institutions to meet the rigorous requirements for this certification. Upon graduation, students meeting the program requirements will be certificated to teach PLTW courses anywhere in the United States, Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Graduates will still need to be licensed in the state they will teach.

PLTW, a not-for-profit educational organization, provides a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare a diverse group of students to be successful in science, engineering and engineering technology. High school students successfully completing PLTW courses and passing the national college exams have the potential for earning undergraduate university credits through our office of Extended Studies.

What is Required for Graduate Credit?

We require a graduate level paper to be written and submitted to obtain graduate university credit (yes, that means one paper per course). A rubric for that paper is included in the materials packet for each course. Enrollment for PLTW Graduate Credit will not be processed until all required documents are submitted, including the paper, and only during summer semesters. All required items must be in our office no later than close of business on the last day of the summer semester (Thursday, August 2, 2018) to allow time to review items before grades submission deadlines.

Please do not send payment with your materials. Instructions for payment methods will be provided once you are enrolled. 

If you missed enrollment for Summer 2018, please contact the School at (660) 543-4452 or clements@ucmo.edu to investigate other enrollment opportunities. 

Please check back here for next year's enrollment packets starting in May 2019. Packets will include a PDF file that contains an information sheet, enrollment application, course syllabus, and the rubric for the required graduate-level paper. If you will be applying for more than one course, you may combine the enrollment applications but you must submit separate support documents for each course, include a separate paper for each course.

Achieve Beyond Your Master's Degree

If you want to work beyond a Master's degree, our Education Specialist (EdS) degrees can help you meet your personal and professional goals. If you want to work beyond the EdS, our Coorperative Doctoral program provides the courses and collaboration you need to reach your degree goals.

Education Specialist

Coorperative Doctoral Degree

EdS to EdD Bridge Program

  • P-20 and Community Leadership, EdD (in collaboration with Murray State University, Kentucky)

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."


View Faculty/Staff


Barton Washer
Lovinger 4102
Tel: (660) 543-4580

Office Professional

Rachel Clements
Lovinger 4101
Tel: (660) 543-4452



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