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Teachers College, Columbia University
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English Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

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How to Apply

To apply to English Education you will need the following:

General Admissions Requirements
  • Application for Admission & Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE*

*Please note: Due to recent changes in New York State law, the GRE will also be required for all students entering teacher preparation programs from fall 2016 onward. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information. Degrees not leading to certification do not require the GRE for admission unless otherwise stated.

Specific Degree Requirements

Prior to entering the program, applicants must complete at least 24 undergraduate and/or graduate credits in English, or their equivalent. The program looks for coursework across a range of literatures and content areas, including but not limited to: U.S./British/World Literature, Multicultural Literature, Genre Studies, Female Authors, Authors of Color, Adolescent Literature, Theory and Criticism, and Media Studies. We look carefully at undergraduate GPA, two letters of recommendation (one of which must be academic in nature), personal statement, and anything else that suggests a commitment to teaching and schooling. Applicants should indicate their recent experience with secondary school aged students in their personal statements.


Ed.M. applicants are required to submit a writing sample and two letters of recommendation. A third letter is encouraged. Also, applicants must have earned an M.A. in English, English Education, or in an analogous field, and must have at least three years of teaching experience at the secondary classroom level. A personal interview with faculty is required.

Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T, and Ph.D.

Applicants are required to have at least five years of classroom teaching experience and an M.A. in English, English Education or a closely related field. In addition to the general Teachers College admission requirements, applicants are required to submit a writing sample and one additional letter of recommendation. A personal interview session with faculty is also required.

For Application Deadlines, check the Teachers College Guide to Admissions. Click on the degree you are applying for under the Arts & Humanities Department, and the English Education Program.

Then go to the Office of Admissions to begin the application process.

If you have any questions about the application process, they can be addressed by our Admissions liaison, Simone Varadian. She may be contacted at (212) 678-3710 and/or Questions about the program should be sent to the Program Associate:

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Contact Information

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    Please contact our program secretaries:

    Inquiries about admission to one of the programs of English Education may be directed to the Program Associate