Undergraduate post-baccalaureate program
The undergraduate post-baccalaureate program is for students who have a bachelor's degree and wish to fulfill Missouri teacher certification requirements by taking certification courses at the undergraduate level. Students in this program must already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. This program is available through the main campus in Columbia as well as at two nationwide locations - Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri. (Not all certificate options are available at all three campus locations.) See note below regarding availability of Special Education certification.
Graduate admission standards need not be met for this program.
Elementary education (grades 1-6)
UPB Elementary education certification
Middle school education (grades 5-9)
Secondary education (grades 9-12)
Art education (grades K-12)
Music education (grades K-12)
Special Education (grades K-12)
Students may begin this certification as an Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate student but must eventually be admitted to the MAT Post-Baccalaureate program to complete the program. Many of the courses required for certification are only offered through Columbia College at the graduate level so MAT Post-Bacc status is eventually required.
This program cannot be completed through the Lake Ozark or St. Louis locations unless these students plan to commute to Columbia for the graduate level courses.
Many post-baccalaureate students qualify for federal financial aid. To apply, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Columbia College website. Post-baccalaureate students submitting the FAFSA must complete the following questions as listed below:
"What will your grade level be?" - Student must answer "5th year/other undergraduate."
"What degree or certificate?" - Student must answer "Teaching Credential Program."
"Are you a masters or doctorate student?" - Student must answer "No."
Failure to answer the questions as described above will affect the financial aid eligibility for post-baccalaureate students.