We are committed to ensuring that your academic journey meets the most rigorous standards and best practices established by the leading educational organizations in the country. 

Institutional Accreditation

UMKC is regionally accredited, which means the University carries the highest level of accreditation available in the United States. UMKC is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  

Program Accreditation

Programs throughout the School of Education, Social Work and Psychological Sciences leading to professional educator certification at the bachelors, masters, educational specialist and doctoral levels are approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). These include professional programs for teachers, administrators and school counselors. 

Teaching and Curriculum Studies

The initial teacher preparation programs are nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (2018-2025). Accredited status is a reliable indication of the value and quality of an educational institution and its programs to students and the public (read more). If you have any questions, please contact:

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation 
1140 19th St. NW 
Washington, DC 20036 
(202) 223-0077

The following degree programs are accredited as initial teacher preparation programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Middle School Education
  • Bachelor of Art in Secondary Education
  • Master of Arts in Special Education
  • Master of Arts in Teaching 

Annual Reporting Measures

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Psychology and Counseling

The Master’s program in Counseling is nationally accredited by the Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) (2014 – 2024). 
The doctoral programs in Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The Clinical Psychology program received initial APA accreditation in 2004, and in 2018 it was re-accredited for the full ten years. The Counseling Psychology program received has been continuously accredited since 1985, most recently receiving a ten-year renewal of its status in 2017.

If you have questions about either program's accreditation status, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association

750 1st Street NE, Washington DC, 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979


APA Website

Social Work 

The Master of Social Work program has been continuously accredited as an Advanced Generalist program by the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) since 1999.

333 John Carlyle St., Ste. 400
Alexandria, VA 22314


We are also a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Social Workers MO Chapter.