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The College has ten departments that comprise more than 60 major academic programs. Start your journey here ...

Academics at Teachers College

Roughly 30 percent of students are concentrated in teacher education programs. Affiliated with Columbia University, and standing on the border of northern Manhattan, the College continues to work toward social change for the better by focusing on education in and out of the classroom and across the human lifespan. Through its main emphases -- health, education, leadership and psychology -- TC prepares educators, psychologists, policy makers and planners for the challenges they will face in their careers.

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Arts & Humanities

The Department of Arts and Humanities is dedicated to the study of various academic and professional disciplines in an educational context. The Department’s mission is two-fold: To further knowledge and learning in specific fields and to explore the purposes, practices, and processes of education both within—and across—disciplines in the Arts and Humanities.

Contact: Ruth Vinz
Phone: (212) 678-3469
Fax: (212) 678-3746
Address: 334B Horace Mann
Box: 104

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Biobehavioral Sciences

The Department of Biobehavioral Sciences offers programs that derive educational and clinical applications from an understanding of the biological processes underlying human communication, movement, and their disorders. An understanding of the normal bio-behavioral processes is applied to clinical practice. The scientific knowledge obtained from studying each of these specialized fields is used to enhance the educational, adaptive, and communicative capabilities of individuals with normal and impaired abilities across the lifespan.

Contact: Stephen Silverman
Phone: (212) 678-3892
Fax: (212) 678-8233
Address: 1159 Thorndike Hall
Box: 180

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Counseling & Clinical Psychology

The Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology prepares students to investigate and address the psychological needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations/institutions, and communities. Counseling Psychology focuses on normal and optimal development across the lifespan, with particular attention to expanding knowledge and skills in occupational choice and transitions and multicultural and group counseling.

Contact: Marie L. Miville
Phone: (212) 678-3257
Fax: (212) 678-3275
Address: 428 Horace Mann
Box: 102

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Curriculum & Teaching

The Department of Curriculum and Teaching, established in 1938, was the first department in the U.S. devoted to the scholarly study of problems of curriculum and teaching across all subjects and all levels of schooling, from early childhood through the education of teachers and supervisors. Broad questions about the nature, purpose, and design of curriculum, and about the theory and practice of teaching, remain at the core of all department programs. Addressing these questions in contemporary times calls for critical analyses of the ways in which curriculum, teaching, and schooling contribute to social inequalities and a commitment to educating for social justice. Our location in New York City compels us to focus intensely on the lives of children and youth who attend under-resourced schools and face complex challenges in urban centers However, this focus does not exclude attention to problems of teaching and curriculum in suburban and rural settings as well as international contexts.

Contact: Felicia Smart-Williams
Phone: 212.678.3765
Fax: 212.678.3237
Address: 306 Zankel Hall
Box: 31

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Education Policy and Social Analysis

The mission of The Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis is to engage in cutting-edge research and teaching to address critical problems affecting education and to contribute to informed analysis and action to promote educational achievement and equity.

Contact: Professor Jeffrey Henig
Phone: 212.678.3165
Fax: 212.678.3589
Address: 212 Zankel
Box: 11

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Health & Behavior Studies

The mission of the Department of Health and Behavior Studies prepares practitioners, scholars, and leaders who can help people to realize their full potential, make informed decisions, and attain the best possible quality of life. The department is committed to the professional preparation of those who will serve diverse at-risk or high-needs populations by conducting socially consequential and policy-relevant research and fostering interdisciplinary collaboration in practice to address problems in society that no single disciplinary approach can achieve.

Contact: Professor Stephen T. Peverly
Phone: (212) 678-3964
Fax: (212) 678-8259
Address: 531 Thorndike Hall
Box: 114

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Human Development

The Department of Human Development is devoted to promoting an understanding of human development in families, schools, and institutions across the lifespan. The department provides social scientists and educators with theories, empirical methods, and analytical tools for understanding and conducting research in human development and cognition and for helping solve educational and psychological problems.

Contact: Professor John B. Black
Phone: (212) 678-3882
Fax: (212) 678-3837
Address: 453 Grace Dodge Hall
Box: 118

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International & Transcultural Studies

In recognition of the interconnectedness of all human beings around the globe, Teachers College has a long-standing commitment to the international arena. New technologies have led to a rapidly increasing flow of people, information, goods, and services within and across national boundaries. As these boundaries become more permeable, modern societies are characterized by greater diversification of people and resources. Such diversification introduces complex forces that can be best understood as transcultural. As individual and institutional identities increasingly reflect diverse cultural traditions and values, a major challenge to education is to promote new ways of understanding and negotiating these identities.

Contact: Professor Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Phone: (212) 678-3947
Fax: (212) 678-8237
Address: 357 Grace Dodge Hall
Box: 211

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Mathematics, Science & Technology

Mathematics, Science, and Technology programs focus on issues of educational practice and related professions in mathematics, science, technology, and cognate human sciences, including the relationships among these disciplines. Our modern world has been transformed by the achievements in pure and applied disciplines grounded in mathematics, science, and technology. Current reforms in education place increasing significance on broad-based public understanding of these three fields of human endeavor. The study of communication and technology in education is broadly based and enriched by cultural and historical wisdom that provides a scholarly perspective on the role of media and technology in society and particularly in educational subject areas.

Contact: Professor O. Roger Anderson
Phone: (212) 678-3405
Fax: (212) 678-8129
Address: 321 Thompson Hall
Box: 19

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Organization & Leadership

The mission of The Department of Organization and Leadership is to educate, train, and serve current and future leaders. They include administrators, executives, policy makers, researchers, psychologists, and educators from around the world. Our students are, or aspire to be, in the fields of public and private education, higher and postsecondary education, adult education, health administration, advocacy, organizational behavior, and organizational development and change.

Contact: Professor Anna Neumann
Email: org&
Phone: (212) 678-3258
Fax: (212) 678-3036
Address: 213 Zankel Building
Box: 175

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Other Areas of Interest

Teachers College degree programs have always provided a way for students to pursue formal study in a wide array of conventional disciplines. In addition, the College offers a number of non-degree programs and opportunities to explore a range of areas of interest that provide education in and out of the classroom and across the lifespan.

Contact: Admissions
Phone: 212-678-3710
Address: 301 Thorndike Hall
Box: 302

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