Columbia College

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Masters of Arts in Teaching
Masters of Education in Educational Leadership
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

Founded 1851, and accredited by Higher Learning Commission since 1918. Non-profit. Tuition rates, among the lowest nationally, represent superior value. 2 Masters in Education. Over 800 classes offered in convenient 8 week sessions. 5 sessions per year. Start and stop flexibility. Recognized as a Best Buy by Practitioner faculty bring real world perspective to the virtual classroom since 2000. Courses redeveloped every 3 years to ensure technological and academic currency.

School type Private
Grad programs NCATE accredited No
Grad programs TEAC accredited No
Terms Columbia College offers online courses in 8 week sessions, 5 times per year

Program Offerings

Advanced degree programs offered
Education Specialist N/A
Ph.D. N/A
Ed.D. N/A
Online master's in education degree programs 2
Concentrations offered
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration and Supervision
Categories of study offered to master's students
Teaching track Yes
Counseling/Psychology track N/A
Administration track Yes
Research/Policy track N/A

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 18


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 2 full-time; 5 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time; 60% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 2
Average experience teaching online courses 6 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 13 full-time; 0 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 9
Maximum class size 15

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students Yes
Collaboration among online and campus students Forbidden
Students enroll as online students Yes, they are bound to courses as online students after enrollment
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.5 years
Program target time to graduate 2.5 years
Required time to earn degree 7 years

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