Sep 27, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Education Certification (Grades K-12)

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Other MAT Programs 

Post Baccalaureate students are only eligible to take courses required for certification.

General Education Requirements

Basic Studies

  • CISS 170 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems

Arts and Humanities

  • MUSI 122 - Music Appreciation
  • ARTS 105 - Art Appreciation or
  • ARTS 111 - Art and Ideas I or
  • ARTS 112 - Art and Ideas II

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • PSYC 101 - General Psychology
  • ECON 293 - Macroeconomics
  • GEOG 101 - Introduction to Geography

Professional Education Requirements


1 Includes Field Experience: Students must complete the application form(s) for courses that include a field experience component by the semester BEFORE desired enrollment. See the Education Office for deadline information.

Teacher Certification Program

Students seeking teacher certification through the State of Missouri with Post-Baccalaureate status are required to meet requirements and seek admission to the Teacher Certification Program as early as possible.

Students who seek admission to the program must have:

  • Completed at least six hours of the Post-Baccalaureate core at Columbia College, which must include EDUC 505  (Post-Baccalaureate core courses are: EDUC 505 , EDUC 542 , EDUC 550  and EDUC 550  [or their undergraduate equivalents]);
  • Attained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (includes all coursework, Columbia College and other) with no grade of less than C in the professional education and content area courses; (see Grading and Academic Standing ).
  • Completion of application materials for admission to the Teacher Certification Program (to be obtained from the Certification Officer by appointment) and will include: Request for Admission, GPA Worksheet, and two letters of recommendation from Columbia College faculty (at least one letter of recommendation must be from Education Department faculty).

Retention Criteria:

  • Complete at least six (6) hours of professional education each year.
  • Complete required field experiences (in EDUC 505  and EDUC 563 ) and receive favorable evaluations from cooperating teachers and faculty supervisors.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above after acceptance to the program.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or above in professional education and content area courses.

Other Coursework:

  • Content area coursework not completed in BA must also be taken to meet State certification requirements.
  • Any content area or professional education course(s) with grade of “D” or lower must be repeated until a grade of “C” or above is obtained (see Grading and Academic Standing ).

FAFSA Information:

Post-Baccalaureate certification students completing the FAFSA to receive financial aid for certification must complete the following questions on the 2014 - 15 FAFSA accordingly:

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 #48. Are you a master’s or doctorate student? Student must answer, “No.”


For Special Education tuition reimbursement information, please click here .

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