Education Post Baccalaureate Certification

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Why An Education Post-Baccalaureate Certification? 

Your ambition to educate the next generation deserves an equally ambitious program. Our post-baccalaureate certificates are more than just courses; they are pathways to impactful careers in teaching. Whether you choose to take your certification courses at the undergraduate or graduate level, Columbia College is committed to supporting your pursuit of excellence in the classroom. 

What You'll Learn 

Our program is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in your chosen teaching field. From early childhood education to special education, these programs provide the opportunity to take many of your education certification courses at either undergraduate or graduate level, depending on your professional needs and aspirations.

Program Requirements 

This program is for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. View the core requirements needed for an Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at Columbia College.

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Undergraduate Program Options

The undergraduate-level teacher certification (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 will develop the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for a career working with children. Coursework includes infant, child, and adolescent development; family and community partnerships; observation and assessment; children’s health and safety; and educating young children.

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.

Graduate-level Teacher Certification

The Graduate-level Teacher Certification (post-baccalaureate) program 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.

Financial Aid Requirements 

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.

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Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.




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