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Education Department

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, DAYSTAR, and Undergraduate Post-Bacc programs) require an undergraduate application through your campus location*. [The DAYSTAR program also requires a separate application and participation in Scholarship Day.]
  • 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.


*Columbia College offers the teacher certification programs through the main campus in Columbia, Mo., as well as through three Nationwide Campuses: Lake Ozark, Rolla and St. Louis, Missouri. The MAT and M.Ed. degrees are available through the Columbia, Mo. and Online Campuses.


BEACON Programs

Certification along with a bachelor's degree. 


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

Master's Degrees

  • Lead Teacher
  • School Administrator
  • Curriculum Developer
  • and more...

Add-On Certificates

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

Alternative Certifications

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



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


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