The Education Department has a two-fold mission: To prepare students for the teaching profession and to better equip current teachers.
"Where do I start?" It's as easy as 1-2-3!
1. Choose your program:
If you're not sure which program would be best for you, try this exercise:
2. Apply to Columbia College
Once you've determined the program that fits your needs, it's time to apply to Columbia College.
Undergraduate programs (like the BEACON and Undergraduate Post-Bacc programs) require an undergraduate application through your campus location*.
Graduate programs (like the MAT, M.Ed, "add-on" certificates, Alternative Certification or the MAT Post-Baccalaureate programs) require a Graduate Studies application through your campus location.
3. Visit with your advisor
Once you're admitted, you will have access to an advisor who will help you plan out your program. You're not in this alone! It's recommended that you visit with your advisor often to make sure you remain on track.
* The Teacher Certification Programs at Columbia College are available through our main campus in Columbia (Day and Evening) as well as through two of our extended Missouri campuses – Lake Ozark and St. Louis.
Students seeking teacher certification must be admitted to one of the campuses listed above. Many EDUC courses include field experiences that require hours in a public or accredited private school. These placements will be arranged with the schools in the area of your teacher certification campus (up to a 90-mile radius).. The MAT and M.Ed. degrees are available through the Columbia, Mo. and Online Campuses.
Certification along with a bachelor's degree.
Lead Teacher, School Administrator, Curriculum Developer and more...
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education, Reading Specialist and more...
Have a degree in art, biology, business, chemistry, language, social studies or math and have a teaching opportunity prior to certification?
Already hold a bachelor's degree? See our certification programs: