All K-12 certification areas include professional education requirements that prepare students for effective teaching, with courses from educational philosophy to classroom management, to child and adolescent development.
Art education — This minor equips art students to plan lessons, teach, and assess children in kindergarten to grade 12. It's part of our Beacon program for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree along with a minor in Art Education certification.
Students explore drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and more, building their understanding of art as a means to critically engage with one's surroundings. They create their own works, experimenting with different techniques and mediums.
Music education — This minor equips students to plan lessons, teach, and assess music across elementary, middle, and high school. It's part of our Beacon program for students who wish to complete a bachelor's degree in a content area along with a minor in music education certification.
Students explore music history, theory, performance and conducting, building their personal musical proficiency as well as a deeper understanding of musical techniques and literature.
Special Education (grades K-12) - Columbia College also offers a program for special education (K-12), but this certificate cannot be completed with the Beacon undergraduate program. Students may choose to take many of the undergraduate courses listed on MAT post-baccalaureate checklist. Special education (K-12) certification must be completed at the MAT post-baccalaureate level.