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Beacon program

Our Beacon program is for students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree along with Missouri teacher certification requirements. The teacher certification programs are offered through three Missouri venues: the main campus in Columbia, Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis. Not all certificate options are available at all three locations.

Students obtain a degree in a content area (such as psychology, English, math, history, etc.) and minor in a certification area such as elementary, middle school, secondary, art K-12 or music K-12. To view a list of required courses, click on one of the following certification areas.

Elementary education (grades 1-6)

Middle school education (grades 5-9)

Secondary education (grades 9-12)

K-12 certification areas

Columbia College also offers a program for special education (K-12), but this certificate cannot be completed with the Beacon undergraduate program. Students may choose to take many of the undergraduate courses listed on MAT post-baccalaureate checklist (see "MAT post-bacc program" link on the left menu). Special education (K-12) certification must be completed at the MAT post-baccalaureate level.

*Continuing with Columbia College's philosophy of offering certification as a minor in conjunction with a degree in a content area, an additional option for students seeking elementary education certification is a degree in the content area of General Studies with a minor in Elementary Education Certification. This specialized degree includes the elementary education minor plus elementary content area minors (English/language arts, mathematics/science and social/cultural studies). 


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