Which education program would be best for me?

If you're not sure which program would be best for you, follow these steps below.

Choose your program 

  • Are you pursuing teacher certification along with a bachelor's degree? If so, the BEACON program might work for you.
  • Do you already have a bachelor's degree but want to obtain a Missouri teaching certificate? Then check out the MAT Post-Baccalaureate or the Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate programs.
  • Are you already a certificated teacher but would like to add on other certification areas like Special Reading or Gifted along with a master's degree? Then you might be interested in the "add-on" certificate program option.
  • Do you have a teaching certificate and wish to pursue a master's degree? You could choose from our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or Master of Education: Educational Leadership (M.Ed) degrees.


Apply to Columbia College

Once you've determined the program that fits your needs, it's time to apply to Columbia College.

Undergraduate programs (like the BEACON and Undergraduate Post-Bacc programs) require an undergraduate application through your location*.

Graduate programs (like the MAT, M.Ed, "add-on" certificates, Alternative Certification or the MAT Post-Baccalaureate programs) require a Graduate Studies application. (Note: Graduate-level courses are not currently offered at our nationwide venues.)

Visit with your advisor

Once you're admitted, you will have access to an advisor who will help you plan out your program. You're not in this alone! It's recommended that you visit with your advisor often to make sure you remain on track.

*The Teacher Certification Programs at Columbia College are available through our traditional campus and evening program in Columbia as well as through two of our extended Missouri venues – Lake Ozark and St. Louis.

Students seeking teacher certification must be admitted to one of the locations listed above. Many EDUC courses include field experiences that require hours in a public or accredited private school. These placements will be arranged with the schools in the area of your teacher certification location (up to a 90-mile radius).. The MAT and M.Ed. degrees are available at Columbia, MO and online.

BEACON Programs
Certification along with a bachelor's degree

Master's Degrees

Lead Teacher, School Administrator, Curriculum Developer and more

Add-On Certificates
Reading Specialist and Gifted


Already hold a bachelor's degree? See our certification programs:

Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate
MAT Post-Baccalaureate