The School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Missouri prepares you to make a difference in the lives of children. You’ll learn how to provide instruction that effectively meet the needs of students from diverse backgrounds with unique learning strengths and needs. You’ll learn how to use technology to enhance teaching and learning, and you’ll become a UCM educator—a competent, caring, reflective practitioner committed to the premise that all can learn.
Through the THRIVE Program, the University of Central Missouri prepares students with disabilities to transition to independent living and find employment that fits their individual goals and abilities. During the two-year program, students are required to live on the UCM campus. They work on improving their academic abilities and peer interactions while learning computer and job skills. They also participate in career-focused internships. THRIVE graduates earn a Certificate of Success along with a personal portfolio. Some students may go on to earn a degree at UCM with the proper student support services in place for their success.
For more information, please visit the THRIVE Program's main page.
UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri
The Business Education program is endorsed by the National Business Education Association
The Engineering and Technology Teacher Education program is the only university in Missouri recognized by the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association
The Literacy program is nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association and is based on the ILA Standard for Reading Professionals
The Mathematics Education program is accredited by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
The Middle School Education program has been nationally recognized by the Association of Middle Level Education
The Science Education programs are recognized by National Association of Science Teachers
The Social Studies Education program is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Social Studies
The Special Education program is nationally recognized by the Council for Exceptional Children, the leading advocacy organization for special education in the country.
The Speech Communication and Theatre Education program is nationally accredited by the National Association for Schools of Theatre
"I really enjoyed the block class format. It introduced me to the teaching profession and got me into the classroom right away. The faculty are very welcoming, supportive, and willing to answer all of my questions. They definitely want to see me succeed and apply classroom lessons to field work."
NATASHA B., '20, ELEMENTARY EDUCATION