School of Education
November 30, 2020 Fall volume. 4

Mental Health Resources for UMKC Students

During this ongoing public health crisis, it is important that we remember our own mental health. UMKC is committed to the health and success of all of it's students and has provided a number of resources for monitoring and tending to our mental wellbeing. For mental health resources for UMKC students, check out the links below. 

Mental Health Resources - General Resources for mental health education and assistance.
Roos for Mental Health - A campaign that creates opportunities and provides resources to enhance proactive self-care strategies among students, staff, and faculty. 
Sanvello - A free app, provided by UMKC, that offers users features such as a journal for daily mood tracking, coping tools, progress assessments and guided journeys designed by clinical experts to help users feel better and more in control.

UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application 2021-2022

Interested in additional scholarship opportunities for the 2021-2022 academic year? Submit your UMKC Competitive Scholarship Application to be enrolled in 36 opportunities for the School of Education and 100+ scholarships at UMKC!
Incoming Freshman should apply by January 15 and currently enrolled students by March 1, 2021 to be automatically entered for any and all scholarships for which you are eligible. Additionally, academic works will notify you if you are eligible for a scholarship, but are missing an application component like a resume or letters of reference.
Some scholarships also require completion of FAFSA, so submit your application by February 1, 2021 for priority consideration! 
Reserve your spot!

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. 
Student Emergency Fund
The UMKC Student Emergency Fund is also available for students to apply.  This Emergency fund is designed to support UMKC students with an urgent need for temporary financial assistance, or a need that may prevent them from continuing their degree program at UMKC. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis.
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. 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.

UMKC Winter Weather Policy

It’s time to prepare for winter weather! This academic year, UMKC has altered practices to reduce interruptions caused by severe weather. Rather than close campus during weather events, the university will shift to remote working and learning when needed.
This means that classes scheduled on days when campus is physically closed due to weather will be expected to engage in remote learning on those days. The format for classes will be up to the discretion of the faculty member. 
Under severe weather conditions, university officials may open campus late, close campus early, or close campus for an entire day. Even if campus is not open, classes and work will continue, ensuring that students can make academic progress and productivity is maintained. 


UMKC leadership have been working with public health officials and medical experts to develop a comprehensive set of guidelines to help protect the health and safety of our community. Together, we can keep UMKC safe for all Roos. Our community members are expected to take proactive steps to monitor their personal health, stay home if they are feeling unwell and take measures to help protect our entire community. 

Based on CDC recommendations for universities, here is what UMKC asks us to keep in mind:
Health and Safety.

Additional Campus Preparations and Protocols can be below:

Student Services is

Here to Help!

With Spring semester on the way, it's time for pre-registration advising! Undergraduates who are not currently admitted to the Professional Program, will need to make an appointment with Kyle Morehead. Undergraduates who are currently enrolled in the Professional Program will need to make an appointment with Meghan Dooley.
Appointments can be made through UMKC Connect. You can find a how-to guide for using Connect here. Due to campus-wide COVID-19 restrictions, advising appointments will still be held through virtual and phone-based formats. However, if you need an in-person advising appointment, please contact your academic advisor to make arrangements for an in-person meeting.
Advisors will host a Zoom video conference meeting at your scheduled appointment time. You can find Zoom resources at 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 Counseling Psychology 816-235-2492,
  • Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations 816-235-2716,
  • Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies 816-235-2245.
For any other issues or questions, feel free to contact Student Services at

Pearson Professional Assessment Vouchers and MEGA Online! 

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is pleased to announce the availability of online proctoring for select assessments in the MEGA program. Online proctoring allows you to take your test securely from your home, school, or business. With just a simple check-in process—involving ID verification, face-matching technology, and a live greeter—you can test without having to travel to a test center. Please note that in order to test online, candidates must have access to a private testing area with a laptop or desktop computer (no tablets, mobile phones, or other personal devices) and adequate internet connection. For more information on testing requirements, which assessments are offered online, and general guidance use this link.
Student Services has received financial vouchers from Pearson for the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) and Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). These financial vouchers are meant to help students who cannot afford their assessments and are limited to one per student. For information on assessments, visit the MEGA site, then make your request here!

The School of Education has an Instagram!

Check out the new UMKC School of Education Instagram account!  Follow the link below to stay up to date on School of Education events and opportunities.

Important Dates and Upcoming Events

  • Spring 2021 Open Registration Begins - Monday, November 30
  • Coursework Resumes - Monday, November 30
  • Last day to Withdraw (undergraduate second 8-week session) - Friday, December 4
  • Last Day of Classes - Friday, December 11
  • Exams Begin - Monday, December 14th
  • Exams End/ Classes End - Friday, December 18
  • Semester Grades Due - Tuesday, December 22
    University Holiday - Friday, December 25, 2020 - Sunday, January 17
  • Martin Luther King Birthday Observance - Monday, January 18
  • Spring Semester Course Work Begins - Tuesday, January 19
  • Last day to add courses without an instructor signature (16 week session) - Monday, January 25

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