For the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, Columbia College and the Education Faculty have endorsed national certification of teachers, and have adopted the core proposals of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as goals of the program. When conducting best practice, teachers:
- Are committed to students and their learning;
- Know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students;
- Are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning;
- Think systematically about their practice and learn from experience; and
- Are members of learning communities.
All MAT students who are public school teachers are encouraged to use their program of study as a springboard to obtaining national certification.
To help students reach these goals, Columbia College believes that truly effective teaching must be modeled, not just taught. Therefore faculty are encouraged to engage students in active learning, research infield situations, problem solving, interactive dialogue and questioning, and constant exploration of what is and what could be. Students are supported in their efforts: to identify and evaluate relevant issues as they relate to various aspects of teaching and learning; to engage in critical and creative thinking with colleagues, peers and professors; to develop as whole persons, valuing individualism, uniqueness and diversity of others; to consistently use reflection and research as the foundation for decision making; and, to value and promote professionalism and a commitment to learning which is never ending.
Students who are seeking teacher certification and do not meet graduate admission requirements may qualify for the Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program offered at select campuses.
Mild/Moderate Cross Categorical Special Education, Gifted Education, and Reading Specialist endorsements are available at select campuses to students who are certified teachers. Students wishing to pursue an endorsement need to work closely with their academic advisors to fulfill endorsement requirements.
Columbia College offers Teacher Certification Programs in:
Art Education K-12
Music Education K-12
Special Education K-12
Elementary (grades 1-6)
Middle School (grades 5-9)
(Content areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Speech/Theatre)
Secondary (grades 9-12)
(Content areas: Biology, Business (non-vocational), Chemistry, English, General Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Speech/Theatre)
Click here to view additional information about our certification programs.
The five core propositions of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) provide the goals for the Master of Arts in Teaching Program. These core propositions are:
- Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
- Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
- Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring students learning.
- Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
- Teachers are members of learning communities.
Students completing the MAT program document their professional growth and accomplishment of the propositions through portfolios. The portfolio is evaluated by a committee of faculty members. A portfolio must also be presented in a public forum attended by the committee and interested parties. A grade of B or better is required. Outcomes data are collected in an exit interview. These data are used to guide appropriate changes and improvements in the MAT program in order to better meet students’ needs for course scheduling, course offerings, learning activities for the accomplishment of course objectives, use of technology, etc.