Education Post Baccalaureate from Columbia College

Columbia College offers both undergraduate and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) post-baccalaureate for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to fulfill Missouri teacher certification requirements.

The post-baccalaureate certificate is through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with Columbia College offering the required courses.

Students have the option of taking many of their education certification courses at the graduate level. Courses taken at the graduate level for certification may also apply toward the MAT degree. (Graduate level courses are currently only offered through the main campus in Columbia, Missouri. Students at the Lake Ozark or St. Louis locations may be admitted if they wish to commute to enroll in graduate courses.)

Undergraduate post-baccalaureate

The undergraduate post-baccalaureate 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 must already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Graduate admission standards need not be met for this program.

Understanding how young children learn is central to becoming an effective elementary teacher. Students in this program learn how to teach elementary children subjects like math, science, social studies, reading, and writing. In addition to that, this program also prepares students to manage a classroom and conduct meaningful assessments. 

Middle school certification is content specific. The content areas offered through Columbia College are language arts, math, science, social studies, and speech/theatre. A student's bachelor's degree doesn't need to be in the content area they plan to teach as long as they complete the specific content area courses listed on their certification checklist.

The professional education requirements prepare students for effective teaching, with courses from educational philosophy to classroom management to child and adolescent development.

Secondary (high school) certification is content specific. The content areas offered through Columbia College are biology, business, chemistry, English, math, social studies, and speech/theatre. The program is made up of specific content area coursework required by the state of Missouri as well as professional education coursework. This combination of professional education and content area coursework uniquely prepares students to become knowledgeable and effective high school teachers.

Students may begin classes for this certification as an Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate student but must eventually be admitted to the MAT Post-Baccalaureate to complete the requirements. 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.

Courses for this certification cannot be completed at the Lake Ozark or St. Louis locations unless students plan to commute to Columbia for the graduate-level courses.

Completion of this program would make a student eligible to teach Art in grades kindergarten through 12. The program is made up of specific art coursework (including art history and art studio courses) as well as professional education coursework (including educational psychology, classroom management, and assessment).

Completion of this program would make a student eligible to teach Vocal Music in grades kindergarten through 12. The program is made up of specific music coursework (including music history, music theory, and conducting) as well as professional education coursework (including methods of teaching music and techniques of teaching).

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) post-baccalaureate

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) post-baccalaureate is for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to fulfill Missouri teacher certification requirements.

Students have the option of taking many of their education certification courses at the graduate level. Courses taken at the graduate level for certification may also apply toward the MAT degree.

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.