May 15, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 
Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary Certification (Grades 1-6)

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Other MAT Programs 

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

General Education/Mathematics Requirements

Basic Studies/Mathematics

  • MATH 102 - Mathematics for the Elementary School Teacher
  • MATH 150 - College Algebra

Arts and Humanities

  • MUSI 122 - Music Appreciation or
  • 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


1Includes 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.
2 EDUC 322 or EDUC 580  and EDUC 338 or EDUC 516  are required for those who began Elementary certification August 2009 and after.

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 ).

Other Important 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.”

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