The Institute for Urban Education (IUE) is a UMKC School of Education urban teaching preparation program started in 2005, the first of its kind in the United States. Students part of the IUE receive supplemental preparation and support in hopes that they teach at Kansas City schools affiliated with the program.
Participants in the program can receive teacher certification in the IUE, receive their degree from the School of Education’s Division of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, and participate in co-curricular activities such as social justice seminars and teaching internships to further prepare them for post-program.
The IUE tries to make the barrier to entry minimal by creating programs to enable more individuals to participate in the program. These programs include the IUE Grow Your Own pipeline and New Pathways to Teachers Certification.
- The Grow Your Own pipeline program helps students in participating secondary schools receive the necessary education to become a teacher and return to the secondary school they attended to teach.
- The New Pathways to Teachers Certification helps working adults and those looking for a career change obtain their teaching certification. Once obtained, individuals commit to teaching for 2-4 years in a partner Kansas City school.
The IUE has scholarships available for interested incoming freshmen, transfer students, and graduate students. To apply, click HERE.
To view the Institute for Urban Education’s full website, click HERE.