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Columbia College Master of Arts in Teaching

Advance your understanding of best practices in the classroom.

Engage in critical and creative thinking about education

This dynamic program models effective teaching and encourages students to engage in active learning, problem solving, interactive dialogue and constant exploration of what is and what could be. While mastery of subject matter is important for successful instruction, this degree focuses on how teachers engage students across content areas. 

Students explore various aspects of teaching and learning with their peers and with faculty, developing as professionals who value individualism and diversity. They use reflection and research to hone decision-making skills and strengthen their commitment to lifelong learning within the ever-changing field of education. 

The education faculty has adopted core proposals of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as program goals. Under this, teachers:

  • Are committed to students and their learning
  • Know their subjects and how to teach those subject areas
  • Are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning
  • Think systemically about their practice and learn from experience and
  • Are members of learning communities

MAT students benefit from a flexible program that allows them to work around class and school responsibilities.

Enhance your career within the classroom

Students in the MAT program will document their professional growth and accomplishments through an integrated project portfolio which they present orally to a committee. Completion of this degree is about more than accumulated course hours – it is a testimony to graduates’ commitment to fostering children’s growth and development.

Earning a master’s degree through this flexible program can help you advance on your school’s salary schedule and establish you as a leader within your educational community.

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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Dr. Kristi Clevenger

" One of the things that we really pride ourselves on at Columbia College is getting our students out into the schools, not only early, starting in their freshman year, but also often. "

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Available program formats

  • Core requirements 15 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 36 credit hours

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*The MAT and M.Ed. degree programs are approved in the State of Missouri by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. State approval does not guarantee licensure eligibility in any state for the MAT, M.Ed. or any specialty emphasis areas within these degree programs. (Certification programs within some M.Ed. emphasis areas are for Missouri certification only.) For all states other than Missouri, there has been no determination of licensure eligibility. Students residing outside of Missouri must email to determine eligibility in their state.

Alabama disclaimer: 'Educator Preparation programs: State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation of teachers or other P-12 school/system personnel does not indicate eligibility for an Alabama certificate. Applicants who complete an educator preparation program at an institution outside of Alabama must apply for an Alabama professional educator or professional leadership certificate through the Alabama Certificate Reciprocity Approach. Current requirements may be found at Alabama Achieves '

Washington disclaimer: 'Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. This program is approved in Missouri. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in this program, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board  for more information. Educators are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement.' – Washington Student Achievement Council