School of Education
July 20, 2020 Summer v. 2

We Are #RooReady for Fall Semester!

As this situation continues to evolve, we understand that some among us may face unique challenges related to health or caregiving. We ask that you stay in close communication with your professors and/or supervisor regarding any issues that may impact your ability to participate in class or at work.

Each of us should do our part to minimize risk while simultaneously working to promote the UMKC Culture of Care during this time. Each of us has a responsibility to ensure that discrimination, shunning and bullying that sometimes accompany an outbreak never occur at UMKC.

Learn more about the UMKC response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and get the latest updates and safety information from the CDC.

Campus Preparations and Protocols

Check out the following links for the protocols and preparations the University has put in place for the upcoming Fall semester:

Notification Process for COVID symptoms/cases: Instructions for students and employees on initiating communication if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or have tested positive for COVID.
Masks Required: Students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear face coverings, per Kansas City order.
Communicating COVID-19 Cases: UMKC protocol on sharing information with our campus community.
7 Changes to Housing and Dining: New measures are being taken this fall.
Cleaning on Campus: Precautions the university is taking during the pandemic.
Scheduling Solutions for Fall: Rising to the challenge of physically distancing for in-person courses.
Safety Modifications for Classrooms and Offices: Adding shields and set barriers to encourage physical distancing

Emergency Financial Resources

In an emergency or crisis situation, UMKC aims to be a lifeline for its students in need. These resources can help students who have encountered unexpected financial obstacles to complete their academic requirements without major interruption.
Federal CARES Act Emergency Funds
This federal program provides grants to students for expenses directly related to the disruption of their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The expenses you can request assistance for may include course materials and technology, food, housing and living expenses, health-care and child care costs, as well as other expenses related to the impact from COVID-19.  You may not receive the full amount you request on the application as the Federal CARES Act emergency funding for the University of Missouri. Apply Here.
Student Emergency Fund
The UMKC Student Emergency Fund is available to support UMKC students that have an urgent need for temporary financial assistance. This funding is specifically to help fill a need that might prevent a student from continuing their degree program at UMKC. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis and students who have exhausted all available federal and state aid resources will be considered for the award. Students can apply online through Academic Works.
Short-term Emergency loans
UMKC offers Short-term Emergency Loans for students to help cover expenses during unexpected or emergency circumstances. These loans must be paid off by the end of the semester in which they are borrowed. The deadline for repayment related to COVID-19 circumstances will be the summer July 10th billing due date. For eligibility requirements and restrictions, view our Short-term Loan Policy. To apply or get more information, contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office at or 816-235-1154. 
Kangaroo Food Pantry
The Kangaroo Food Pantry is an on-campus resource that provides assistance to members of the UMKC community dealing with food insecurity. In addition to filling physical food needs, the pantry also organizes the Kangaroo Pantry Meal Donation Program.

Student Services is

Here to Help!

Greetings from Student Services! We would like to remind you that, despite the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we are here to help! 
Undergraduates who are not currently admitted to the Professional Program, will need to make an appointment with Kyle MoreheadUndergraduates who are currently enrolled in the Professional Program will need to make an appointment with Meghan Dooley.
Appointments can be made through UMKC ConnectDue to campus-wide COVID-19 restrictions, all advising appointments have been moved to a virtual or phone-based format. There will be no in-person appointments until further notice.
Instead, advisors will host a Zoom video conference meeting at your scheduled appoint time. You can find Zoom resources at The Zoom app can be downloaded on your laptop, phone and/or tablet. If you would prefer a phone meeting, please specify this option in Connect.
Graduate students can reach out to your faculty advisor with any questions. If you are unsure who your advisor is you can contact your division: Counseling and Educational Psychology (816)235-2492, Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations (816)235-2716, or Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (816)235-2245.
For any other issues or questions, feel free to contact Student Services at

UMKC RooWriter Update

The RooWriter was a writing assessment for all undergraduate students completing their first degree. The RooWriter requirement has been eliminated for all undergraduate students. You are no longer required to complete the RooWriter, and any RooWriter-related holds have been eliminated. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor.

Field Testing for Missouri Educator Content Assessments

Pearson VUE is offering the opportunity for students to participate in the field test for the following exams:

  • Elementary Education Subtest 1
  • Elementary Education Subtest 2
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics
  • Building-Level Administrator
What is field testing?
You will have the opportunity to view and respond to multiple-choice questions that may appear on future tests for the Missouri Content Assessments. You will be able to provide input into the test that will be taken by future educators, gauging professional knowledge by taking actual test items, and gain practical testing experience. The field test will NOT provide official results you can use for certification, but it will give you experience on the test.

How do I find out more information?
Visit There you will find eligibility requirements, test information, and how to schedule the field testing. Participants in the field test will be offered a $50.00 test fee voucher for a future exam. The voucher will be distributed by Pearson VUE approximately 4-6 weeks following the close of the testing window. 
What about UMKC Testing Services?
Due to COVID 19, UMKC Testing Services will be closed until further notice. Students can find testing sites and make appointments for the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) and Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) can be found at the following link:

If you have any question, you can contact Pearson VUE at:

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