Missouri (DESE) MAT alternative certificates for Teacher Certification

The MAT Alternative Certification program can save time and money since admitted students are not required to take content area coursework required for our post-baccalaureate certification programs.

Upon completion of the requirements, students are recommended to DESE for their Initial teaching certificate for Missouri. Graduate-level coursework completed for certification purposes can be applied to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.

Admitted students may be eligible to be hired on a Provisional Certificate. Student teaching may be optional for these students.

Admission requirements

The following Columbia College admissions requirements must be completed before being considered for the MAT Alternative Certification Program:

  • A baccalaureate degree (3.0 minimum overall GPA) from an accredited college or university. The degree must include general education coursework the Office of the Registrar determines sufficiently meets Columbia College standards.
  • A passing score on the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA). See below for certification areas offered through Columbia College.
  • Application to the MAT Alternative Certification Program through the Graduate Studies application.

The MAT Alternative Certification program is available in Columbia (day or evening), Lake of the Ozarks, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield. Graduate-level certification courses are available through our virtual format.

Program options

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:

Question #29: "What will your grade level be?" - Student must answer "5th year/other undergraduate."
Question #30: "What degree or certificate?" - Student must answer "Teaching Credential Program."
Question #47: "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.

Curious about your path to the classroom? Our friends at TeachMO have free tools and resources to help you decide if this is the right career path for you. PLUS, they can help you apply to our program (and they provide financial support, too!).