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School of Teaching and Learning

Make a Positive Impact in Students’ Lives

The School of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Missouri prepares you to make a difference in the lives of students. You’ll learn how to provide instruction that effectively meets the needs of students from diverse backgrounds with unique learning strengths and abilities. 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. 

Find the Program That Meets Your Needs

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






Learn More About Our School

New ELL Program

UCM is delighted to announce a new program in the College of Education. The new MSE in English Language Learners is a two option degree program that will help prepare you to work with English language learners.

  • MSE ELL Option: The MSE in English Language Learners (ELL) option is designed to develop the candidate’s understandings of the process of additional language acquisition as well as the unique needs of educators working with or planning a career working with CLD students in k-12 schools.
  • MSE TESL Option: The second option, MSE TESL, is designed to help prepare candidates looking to teach English as a foreign language abroad or at a university sponsored intensive language program.

Our program features highly qualified faculty who present and publish nationally and internationally, have taught internationally, and have many combined years of teaching experience working with pre-service and in-service teachers. Courses will be delivered in flexible formats, designed with your busy schedule in mind.

For more information about the MSE in ELL option, please contact Dr. Nabat Erdogan, ( or call (660) 543-4230.

THRIVE Program

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.

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 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

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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

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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

Student Organizations

 For a complete list of UCM Student Organizations please see visit the Student Activities page.

Central Missouri Mathematics Educators (CM^2E)

This club is for students majoring in Secondary Mathematics Education or Middle Grades Mathematics Education. It meets once a month and features speakers that serve to educate members about the profession of teaching mathematics. Students can connect with each other and have the ability to network with other professionals in the world of public education.

Advisor: David Ewing,

Student President: Rachelle Williams,

Early Childhood Young Professionals (ECYP)

This group is designed for education majors interested in working with young children. Join us on Blackboard My Community to see our meetings, agendas, and work. We meet monthly, focusing on service to peers, the college, and wider community. Students in this group have opportunities to connect with other students early childhood and elementary education. Faculty sponsors provide opportunities to network with teacher educators in the surrounding area, as well as support advocating for the field of education.  

Advisors: Karrie Snider, & Natalie Tye,

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)

Kappa Delta Pi is one of the largest and most prestigious educational honor societies, with more than 40,000 members and 600 chapters around the world. To date, more than 1,200,000 educators worldwide have been inducted. Albert Einstein, George Washington Carver, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Margaret Mead are just a few of the historically known members. KDP was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.

Advisor: Julie Hentges,

President: Emma Boessen,

Physical Education Majors

Our club is for PE majors in any of the 3 option areas (K-12, sports & rec, adapted). We meet on the first Thursday each month in Garrison gym. The club has a groupme they use to communicate with members, and we have social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the handle @UCMPhysEd.

Advisor: Brandy Lynch

President: Dalanie Krogman,

Student Council for the Exceptional Child (SCEC)

Advisors: Lane Maxcy, & Lisa Robbins, 

President: Regan Link, 

Student Missouri State Teachers Association (SMSTA)

Student chapter of the Missouri State Teachers Association. Open to all UCM education Majors. Members receive a member card and several discounts at restaurants, hotels, and car rental and book stores.

Advisor: Christi Richardson,

President: Aubreigh Allen, 

Student Teachers Association for BSE Majors with an emphasis in Speech Communication and Theatre (DSST)

This is the local chapter of the Speech and Theatre Association of MIssouri organization who serve as a place of networking and advocacy for speech and theatre teachers.

Advisor: Dr. Julie Mollenkamp,

Student President: Ryann Hill, 

Underrepresented Theatre Artists and Allies (URRT)

Underrepresented Theatre Artists and Allies is a group dedicated to uplifting the voices of underrepresented groups. We strive to change the world we live in through discussion and action. UTAA is a welcoming and safe space for people of all different backgrounds and identities.

Advisor: Dr. Julie Mollenkamp,

Student President: Sabrina Ortiz, 


"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."




Matt Thomas
Lovinger 3155
Tel: (660) 543-4235

Office Professional

Julie Batusic
Lovinger 3155
Tel: 660-543-4235


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