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Master of Arts in Teaching

Program Description

For the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Columbia College and the Education Faculty have endorsed national certification of teachers, and have adopted the core proposals of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as goals of the program. When conducting best practice, teachers:
  1. Are committed to students and their learning;
  2. Know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students;
  3. Are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning;
  4. Think systematically about their practice and learn from experience; and
  5. Are members of learning communities.

To help students reach these goals, Columbia College believes that truly effective teaching must be modeled, not just taught. Therefore faculty are encouraged to engage students in active learning, problem solving, interactive dialogue and questioning, and constant exploration of what is and what could be. Students are supported in their efforts: to identify and evaluate relevant issues as they relate to various aspects of teaching and learning; to engage in critical and creative thinking with colleagues, peers and professors; to develop as whole persons, valuing individualism, uniqueness and diversity of others; to consistently use reflection and research as the foundation for decision making; and, to value and promote professionalism and a commitment to learning that is never ending.

Students who are seeking teacher certification and do not meet graduate admission requirements may qualify for the Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program offered at select campuses. In addition to Columbia College admission requirements, the state of Missouri requires a minimum grade point average (GPA) in certification content area, professional education coursework, and overall. Official admission to the Teacher Certification Program (TCP) requires an overall GPA of 2.75, a content area GPA of 3.0, and a professional education GPA of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale). Once admitted to the TCP, students are reviewed on a yearly basis until they complete or withdraw from the program. Areas for review could include GPA, conduct, and student progress. Note that teacher certification is not available online.

Columbia College offers Teacher Certification Programs in:

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MAT Degree Program Requirements

  1. Students must meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements of the College.

  2. Students must complete a minimum of thirty-six graduate semester hours. The program is comprised of a core of three courses and three courses in each of the three areas of curriculum and instruction, psychological and philosophical foundations, and measurement and evaluation.

  3. Transfer credit for courses already completed before admittance to the program may be substituted for required courses upon recommendation of the Education Department. After being admitted, the student must complete all course work at Columbia College, unless specific permission is obtained from the MAT Graduate Program Coordinator. A maximum of nine graduate hours may be accepted in transfer. Petitions for consideration of transfer credit must be made prior to the successful completion of 12 hours of graduate course work at Columbia College.
  4. To complete the program, students are expected to do the following:
    1. Within the first session on campus, meet with an advisor to discuss course selection and plans for degree completion.b. Complete EDUC 500 Research Design, and EDUC 504 Curriculum Design and Evaluation as early in the program as possible and define a final project topic area early in the course of study and direct course work toward the topic area throughout the program.
    2. Complete EDUC 500 - Research Design, and EDUC 504 - Curriculum Design and Evaluation as early in the program as possible.
    3. Students may not register for EDUC 508 - Integrative Project until they are within one session of completion of the MAT and have the approval of their advisor and course instructor. Students who register for EDUC 508, but do not complete the course in one session, will receive a grade of Incomplete. Subsequently, students must enroll in EDUC 508E - Integrative Project Extension each session with the fee of $100 per enrollment until the project is completed and accepted. Continuous enrollment in EDUC 508E is mandatory and is capped at the maximum extension of three consecutive terms.
    4. Clinical experiences are available for a maximum of six hours of graduate credit. The purpose of clinical experiences is to provide an opportunity to do field research or to conduct professional practice; the experience must not duplicate previous experience or be a part of a regular teaching assignment.

  5. Completion of the degree means more than the accumulation of the required course hours. Students must be aware that the integrative project requires acceptance as demonstrated by a satisfactory oral presentation before a jury of faculty and peers.

Alabama disclaimer: 'Educator Preparation programs: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at'

Washington disclaimer: 'Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Missouri. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.' – Washington Student Achievement Council


Education Department

Degree requirements

Required MAT Core Courses 15 sem. hrs

  • EDUC 500 Research Design 3 hrs
  • EDUC 504 Curriculum Design and Evaluations 3 hrs
  • EDUC 508 Integrative Project 3 hrs
  • EDUC 555 Development, Gender and Cultural Differences 3 hrs
  • EDUC 560 Theories of Learning 3 hrs

MAT Elective Courses 21 sem. hrs

  • EDUC 507 Alternative Certification Portfolio 3 hrs
  • EDUC 514 Teaching Mathematics to Students with Special Needs 3 hrs
  • EDUC 515 Language Development of the Exceptional Child 3 hrs
  • EDUC 516 Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum 3 hrs
  • EDUC 518 Literature Across the Curriculum 3 hrs
  • EDUC 521 Language, Literature, and the Creative Arts for Elementary and Middle Schools 3 hrs
  • EDUC 523 Critical and Creative Problem Solving 3 hrs
  • EDUC 525 Educating Exceptional Individuals 3 hrs
  • EDUC 526 Teaching and Supervising Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers 3 hrs
  • EDUC 527 Introduction to Mild to Moderate Cross-Categorical 3 hrs
  • EDUC 528 Methods of Teaching Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Students 3 hrs
  • EDUC 529 Curriculum and Instruction for Gifted Students 3 hrs
  • EDUC 530 Administration and Supervision of the Gifted Program 3 hrs
  • EDUC 531 Survey of the Gifted and Talented 3 hrs
  • EDUC 532 Technology in Education 3 hrs
  • EDUC 533 Topics 1 - 3 hrs
  • EDUC 535 Teaching Creative Arts and Movement to Children 3 hrs
  • EDUC 537 Teaching Language Arts in Middle and Elementary Schools 3 hrs
  • EDUC 542 Law, Ethics and Education 3 hrs
  • EDUC 543 History of American Education 3 hrs
  • EDUC 547 Career Counseling Including Children With Special Needs 3 hrs
  • EDUC 547 Career Counseling Including Children With Special Needs 3 hrs
  • EDUC 550 Human Development 3 hrs
  • EDUC 550 Human Development 3 hrs
  • EDUC 551 Comparative and International Education 3 hrs
  • EDUC 556 Emotional Disorders in Children and Adolescents 3 hrs
  • EDUC 558 Advanced Techniques of Reading Methods 3 hrs
  • EDUC 562 Behavior Management Techniques 3 hrs
  • EDUC 563 Management of the Classroom Environment 3 hrs
  • EDUC 564 Classroom Management 3 hrs
  • EDUC 570 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs
  • EDUC 572 Individual Ability/Intelligence Testing 3 hrs
  • EDUC 574 Evaluation of Individual Achievement and Aptitude 3 hrs
  • EDUC 578 Adolescent Literacy Theory and Technique 3 hrs
  • EDUC 580 Methods of Effective Academic Evaluation 3 hrs
  • EDUC 580 Methods of Effective Academic Evaluation 3 hrs
  • EDUC 590 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3 hrs
  • EDUC 590 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities 3 hrs
  • EDUC 688 Graduate Paraprofessional Student Teaching 9 hrs
  • EDUC 688 Graduate Paraprofessional Student Teaching 9 hrs
  • EDUC 698 Graduate Student Teaching 9 hrs

Minimum Total Semester Hours 36 sem. hrs


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