The UMKC School of Education's Institute for Urban Education (IUE) is a 4 year teacher education program — the first undergraduate program of its kind in the United States — that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary or middle school education. Students may be admitted their sophomore or junior years depending on the number of applicable hours already completed. The program focuses on teaching math, science and literacy. The program prepares teachers for success in urban classrooms by also introducing issues of social justice and multicultural learning styles. IUE students receive scholarships and, in exchange, commit to teach in a Kansas City area urban district for at least four years following graduation.