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Education Department

Education Department

The Education Department has a two-fold mission:

  1. Prepare students for the teaching profession through our BEACON, DAYSTAR, post-baccalaureate and alternative certification programs.
  2. Better equip current teachers through our Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degrees.

We offer teacher certification programs for the state of Missouri for students with or without a bachelor’s degree. Columbia College offers the teacher certification programs through the main campus in Columbia, Mo., as well as through two Nationwide Campuses: Lake Ozark and Rolla, Mo. The MAT and M.Ed. degrees are available through the Columbia, Mo., and Online Campuses.

Education-General

BEACON Programs

Certification along with a bachelor's degree. 
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DAYSTAR Program

Certification, bachelor's degree, and MAT degree in an accelerated program.
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Master's Degrees

  • Lead Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • and more...
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Add-On Certificates

  • Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • and more... 
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Alternative Certifications

Have a degree in art, biology, business, chemistry, language, social studies or math and have a job opportunity prior to certification?
See our program

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Post-Baccalaureate

Already hold a bachelor's degree? See our certification programs:

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Contact Us: EducatorPrep@ccis.edu (800) 231-2391 x7818


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