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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

Teachers know the importance of lifelong learning. They understand the need to stay current and relevant as educational expectations and standards evolve.

The Master of Arts in Teaching program at Columbia College is designed to advance your understanding of best practices in the classroom. You’ll engage in critical and creative thinking to consistently base decisions on research and reflection. Additionally, you will advance your knowledge through active learning, problem solving and exploration.

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.

Teacher certifications

The MAT Post-Baccalaureate Certification may be pursued through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Columbia College offers courses that satisfy the requirements for individual certification areas.

The MAT Alternative Certification Program may be pursued through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education if students have a passing score on the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment.

Columbia College students who want teacher certification and do not meet graduate admissions requirements may qualify for undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate Certification.
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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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Your degree starts here Take these courses

Available program formats

  • General education requirements 0 credit hours
  • Core requirements 15 credit hours
  • Electives 21 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 0 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'

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 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