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Movement Science and Education

A pioneer in research and application related to physical activity in the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology, including Applied Exercise PhysiologyMotor Learning and ControlOccupational Therapy and Physical Education.

In 2010 our doctoral program was ranked 4th in the United States by the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and we were ranked #1 in placement of doctoral students in higher education positions.



Neuroscience & Education

The Neuroscience and Education program at Teachers College was the first graduate program in the United States to offer multidisciplinary training focused on the intersections of neuroscience and education.

The program is designed to prepare a new kind of specialist: a professional with dual preparation able to bridge the gap between research underlying brain, cognition and behavior, and the problems encountered in schools and other applied settings.
speech and language


Communication Sciences and Disorders

The M.S., Ed.D., and Ph.D. degree programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders prepare graduates for positions in a variety of professional settings. The master’s program is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Students in the program come from a variety of backgrounds.  Some have undergraduate degrees from departments that have focused on normal and disordered speech, language, and hearing; others have degrees in such varied fields as linguistics, psychology, education, biology, theater, Spanish.

News from Biobehavioral Sciences

  • Biobehavioral Sciences Faculty and Students Present at 2015 Academic Festival

    Members of the Neurocognition of Language Lab presented a session titled "Implementation and Research on a School-wide Mindfulness Program in a Bronx School." Movement Science faculty and students presented a session on "Exercise As Medicine."

  • TC's Neurocognition of Language Lab Featured in Euronews Global Story

    At the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York, scientists study the electrical activity of the brain in order to understand how people learn to read, to problem solve and to learn new languages. Why is it harder for non-native speakers to acquire a new language? What happens with the brain when you learn and how do learning disorders affect your brain activity?

  • TC CSD at ASHA Convention 2014

    Each year, the distinguished faculty from our program present various topics at the ASHA Convention.

  • January 2015 International Trip

    The January 2015 international trip will go to Ethiopia led by Dr. Crowley and coordinating agreements with Soliana Paradise, and Ethiopian TC CSD December 2014 graduate.

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In the Spotlight

  • Steve Silverman Interviewed by WNYC

    Stephen Silverman, professor of education and chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences reacted to a recent study showing that many public school students in New York City do not receive state-mandated physical education or physical activity during the school day, despite studies that show it improves academic achievement.

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