School of Education
June 23, 2022 Summer v. 1

We Are #RooReady for Fall Semester!

UMKC courses will start on schedule whether they're in person, online or a mix. UMKC faculty and staff are preparing for any and all eventualities to start fall semester classes on schedule, under any conditions ranging from full remote to wide-open campus and anything in between.

Make no mistake: Your university is #RooReady ready to launch an exciting and meaningful fall semester in August, no matter what conditions the world may throw at us. The university will follow the recommendations of health officials and obey state and local laws. Given these varied possibilities, the university’s approach has been to increase online offerings to maximize flexibility in course schedules. The faculty have increased the number of courses that will be taught with a mixture of face-to-face and online elements.

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University Cleaning Plan

UMKC has been working hard to follow the latest recommendations and precautions to keep our students, faculty and staff safe on campus as we continue to deal with COVID-19. Read the interview with Michael Graves, director of faciltiies operations at UMKC here. A few highlights:
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of facilities both at Volker and Health Sciences campuses while buildings have been closed.
  • Increased cleaning on high-touch points like handrails, door handles, and light switches.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers stationed at every building entrance as well as other high-traffic areas. If a sanitizing station is damaged or needs service, please call Facilities Management at 816-235-1354.
  • Reduced elevator occupancies, water fountains taken off-line, acrylic screens installed at reception desks, and closing of breakrooms, lunchrooms, and other shared spaces and gathering areas will be closed.
See more here.

Emergency Financial Resources

In an emergency or crisis situation, UMKC aims to be a lifeline for its students in need. These resources can helo 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 applying or 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 appointment time. You can access Zoom here: by logging in with your SSO and password. If you have not yet setup your UMKC student account login, you can set up a free Zoom account here. The Zoom app can be downloaded on your laptop, phone 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

Application for Graduation Deadline: June 30th

While commencement is the ceremony celebrating graduation, graduation itself is the completion of all your degree requirements. Thus, all students must notify the office of Registration and Records and the School of Education of their intent to graduate by submitting an Application for Graduation in Pathway by June 30th. Instructions to apply for graduation can be found here. 

An application for graduation is required of all students.The application for graduation initiates the degree-check process. The application for graduation should be submitted one semester prior to graduation. In order to graduate in the summer semester, students must apply prior to the deadline June 30th. All undergraduate degrees have an assessment requirement. You will not graduate unless you have completed the appropriate assessment requirement(s).

Dr. Carolyn Barber as Interim Dean

This spring and summer have been filled with transitions, including the recent departure of Dean Perry. Fortunately, UMKC has many dedicated faculty and staff willing to serve the university and keep us moving forward during this time. We are pleased to share that Carolyn Barber, Ph.D., has been appointed interim dean of the School of Education. Her appointment began June 12 and she will serve until a search is conducted and an enduring dean is identified.

Dr. Barber served as associate dean of the School of Education and is a professor in the Division of Educational Leadership, Policy and Foundations. She also serves as the graduate officer, working with faculty and staff from across the School of Education to support graduate students and their degree attainment. Across all programs, Carolyn provides leadership for assessment and accreditation activities and represents the School to various groups on campus. 

We are thankful for Dr. Barber's willingness to step in to this role during these challenging times, and she will doubtlessly provide thoughtful and strong leadership in the coming months. 

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