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Undergraduate post-baccalaureate

The undergraduate 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. The post-baccalaureate certificate is through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, with Columbia College offering the required courses.

Students must already hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. The undergraduate post-baccalaureate is available through the day campus and evening program in Columbia, MO as well as at the Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis. (Not all certificate options are available at all four locations.) See note below regarding availability of Special Education certification.

Graduate admission standards need not be met for this program.

Elementary education (grades 1-6)

UPB Elementary education certification

Middle school education (grades 5-9)

Secondary education (grades 9-12)

Art education (grades K-12)

Music education (grades K-12)

Special Education (grades K-12)

Students may begin classes for this certification as an Undergraduate Post-Baccalaureate student but must eventually be admitted to the MAT Post-Baccalaureate to complete the requirements. Many of the courses required for certification are only offered through Columbia College at the graduate level so MAT Post-Bacc status is eventually required.

Courses for this certification cannot be completed at the Lake Ozark or St. Louis locations unless students plan to commute to Columbia for the graduate-level courses.

Many post-baccalaureate students qualify for federal financial aid. To apply, submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the Columbia College website. 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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