“The faculty and staff are kind, caring, and treat you as if you are their main concern. The professors are also committed to students and academic excellence, and are all scholars in their own right. I am so glad I found USM!”
Elementary Ed Student
“I am a father of two young children and I work full-time. I never expected to find a school that would fit my busy schedule and, in these tough economic times, fit my budget. I am receiving a high-level education in classes that make me feel like part of a family instead of just another student passing through. From the moment I walked through the doors of the Overland Park Campus, I knew I had made the right choice.”
Elementary Ed Student
View Video“We have a small, very welcoming environment. Because classes are smaller, students get more individual attention, so they do well.”
View Video“I want students to do more than just know information. I want them to be moved to action-and make a difference in our world.”
–Sister Mary Pat Lenahan, SCL, Ph.D.
USM Education Professor
Whether you want to finish your bachelor’s degree, change your career, or expand your knowledge and earnings horizon, the University of Saint Mary has the Kansas City area’s most flexible and accelerated undergraduate degree-completion program.
If you’re thinking about returning to the classroom, make no mistake: now is the time. In this competitive job market, a college degree is more important than ever.
USM’s adult degree-completion program in elementary education offers the same high level of academic excellence as our traditional day classes.
Our elementary education program is interactive, integrative, and meaningful. When you complete your degree, you’ll be prepared to be a critical and reflective teacher, well-versed in the latest trends in teaching.
You’ll have the knowledge and insight to create a values-based learning environment. And our caring instructors will give you a solid foundation in the political and moral nature of teaching today.
You’ll benefit from small classes, and your advisors are committed to your success. They’ll work diligently with you to arrange a schedule that fits your life.
USM’s accelerated degree-completion program is designed to meet the needs of busy individuals balancing work and family commitments.
We recommend that you submit your application materials at least three weeks prior to the start of the term.
All USM education programs are accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the standard of excellence in teacher preparation.
The Education Department at University of Saint Mary is hosting an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in November 2011. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the visiting team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the party’s relationship to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).
We invite you to submit written comments to:
Board of Examiners
2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036-1023
Or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
USM’s adult degree-completion program offers you the same high quality education of as the university’s traditional undergraduate program in a more convenient and flexible accelerated evening format.
Elementary Education is a requirement for those who want to teach in elementary school, grades K-6.
Visit our Course Descriptions tab for more information on what classes you’ll be taking and how many credit hours you’ll need.
IDEA Seminar I
IDEA Seminar II
History — six credit hours from the following areas
English — nine credit hours, comprised of two electives and a literature course
Oral Communications — three credit hours
Art — three credit hours
Social and Behavioral Science — six credit hours from the following areas:
Science and Math — nine credit hours from the following areas:
Professional Educational: Foundation Core
Professional Educational: Curriculum Core
The USM adult degree-completion program is ideally suited for students who have completed roughly two years of college (approximately 60 credit hours), although those with fewer credit hours are accepted.
You will work one-on-one with a faculty member to integrate your past learning and college credits into our program—or to complete any required courses you’re lacking within the context of the program.
You will be best prepared to enter the undergraduate degree-completion program if you have completed the following college courses.
Your advisor will work with you if you’re missing any of these requirements.
Communications (nine credit hours)
Humanities (six credit hours/two courses). Must include courses from at least two of these five areas:
Social Sciences/Economics (six credit hours/two courses). Must include courses from at least two of these five areas:
Science/Mathematics (nine credit hours). Must include one course from a lab science and one from mathematics.
The USM adult degree-completion program is geared toward students who have completed roughly two years of college (approximately 60 credit hours).
USM requires the successful completion of 128 credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Overland Park Campus Director & Degree-Completion Advisor
Frances Juiliano, SCL, Associate Professor of Education
B.S., Saint Mary College; M.A., University of Northern Colorado; Ed.D., University of Kansas
Gwen Landever, Department Chair
B.S., University of Kansas; M.S., University of Kansas; Ed.D., Baker University
Mary Pat Lenahan, SCL, Associate Professor of Education
B.A., Saint Mary College; M.A., University of San Francisco; Ph.D., University Missouri-Kansas City
Colleen Markman, Education
B.S.E., University of Kansas; M.S.Ed., University of Kansas
Ollie Bogdon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Director of Education Programs, Overland Park Campus; B.S. and M.S., Cornell University, Ph.D., University of Missouri—Kansas City
Stuart Phipps, Ph.D., Assistant Professor & Field Experience Coordinator; B.A., Avila College, M.A.T., Emporia State University; Ed.S., Ph.D., University of Missouri—Kansas City
They generally will, as long as they come from an accredited college or university. You can only have 64 transfer credit hours from a two-year school, so you might have an excessive number of two-year school hours. They will transfer and show up on your transcript, but they will not count toward your degree.
There is no firm answer to this. Usually there are several factors to consider:
To get a better sense of timeframe, speak with a program advisor.
You may take classes at any of our sites. The Overland Park Campus will offer all of the classes for all of the degree-completion programs. Our Kansas City, Kansas site will have applied psychology, business administration, and sociology classes. The main campus in Leavenworth will also offer some evening classes.
Yes. Other than elementary education, most of the classes are in an 8-week format. Classes start August (Fall I), October (Fall II), January (Spring I), March (Spring II) and May (Summer Session).