Online Programs

A student takes an online course at Teachers College

Online Learning

Graduate Degrees and Advanced Certificate Programs

Online learning at Teachers College, Columbia University is meaningful curriculum that addresses a variety of academic interests and career goals. Designed by the same faculty that create TC’s on-campus programs, online classes enable students to learn where and when it is most convenient.

Why Learn Online?

Learn more. Save Time. Online, asynchronous learning can free up a student’s schedule by eliminating time-consuming commutes. Save time and keep the focus on the most important factors that lead to earning a degree: studying and reflection.

Study Anywhere. No matter where students live, they can still earn a degree or advanced certificate from the first, largest, and most comprehensive graduate school of education in the United States.

The TC Advantage

An Education with Rigor. Students in TC’s online programs have access to the same exceptional experience students on campus have: mentorship from accomplished faculty, thought-provoking classroom discourse, connections with peers, and access to opportunity.

Programs & Degrees

Adult Learning & Leadership (M.A., 36 Credits)
Entry Terms: Fall Only
Application Deadlines: January 15 (Priority), March 15 (Final)

Developmental Disabilities (M.A., 32 Credits)
Entry Terms: Summer, Fall
Application Deadlines: January 15 (Priority), Rolling (Final)

Psychological Counseling: School Counselor (Ed.M., 60 Credits)
Entry Terms: Summer Only
Application Deadlines: January 15 (Priority), April 1 (Final)

Computing in Education (M.A., 32 Credits)
Entry Terms: Spring, Summer, Fall
Application Deadlines: November 15 (Spring), January 15 (Priority), Rolling (Final)

Bilingual Speech-Language Pathology (6 credits)
Entry Terms Available: Summer Only
Application Deadlines: May 15 

Bilingual/Bicultural Education (15 credits)
Entry Terms Available: Spring, Summer, Fall
Application Deadline: Rolling

College Advising (12 credits)
Entry Terms Available: Spring, Summer, Fall
Application Deadline: November 15 (Spring), March 1 (Summer), July 1 (Fall)

Admissions & Financial Aid

Application Materials & Timing

Each program differs slightly in its application requirements and deadlines, so be sure to review carefully to ensure that you submit everything needed in time. If you have any questions, never hesitate to get in touch with us.

Office of Admission
Phone: 212-678-3710

Tuition & Financial Aid: Lower Net Costs. Same Commitment to Assistance.

While tuition and fees for online programs are the same for those offered on TC’s campus, students enrolled in the programs do not have to come out of pocket for housing or transportation expensive, which makes learning online a more affordable option overall. Your bottom-line costs will depend on numerous personal factors, but you can learn more about fixed tuition and fees here.

Whatever your financial circumstances, the Office of Financial Aid is committed to assisting you with identifying and securing financial aid resources that align with your needs. These opportunities may be found in the forms of scholarships, grants, student employment, loans and a number of other programs. Explore more financial aid possibilities.

The Online Learner

The qualities that make a successful online student are the same as those that make a stellar graduate student. If you are considering TC, it is likely that you are:

An Excellent Communicator
Successful online learners are able to summarize what they’ve learned and communicate their thoughts and queries clearly and succinctly, especially in writing. They also demonstrate diplomacy and understand how to communicate with many different types of thinkers in the online space.

Self Motivated
Whether it is getting up to speed on digital requirements or balancing schoolwork with personal responsibilities, the best online students are persistent. They seek out help when it is necessary and keep going when times are tough.

Many are drawn to online programs because of the flexibility, so students who pursue this option must to be able to independently build time into their schedules to watch video lectures, complete readings and tackle assignments, as well as contributing to class in writing.

Open Minded
Whether learning online or in a classroom, successful TC students are willing to challenge their assumptions and beliefs—plus share life, work, and educational experiences as part of the learning process.


A. Absolutely. The admissions standards, curriculum, and requirements for graduation are the same. Online degree programs differ from in-person programs only in the method of delivery. Some of our programs are even offered exclusively online.

A: No. All TC online degrees and certificates have the same value as those earned in person. Your diploma will be conferred by Columbia University—full stop—and rightly so, you will join a legacy of alumni changing the world.

A. You’re encouraged to! You have still earned a credential from TC. You can walk in your graduation ceremony alongside students who earned their degrees on campus.

A. Your professors are the very same who teach on the TC campus. They are all leaders in their respective fields and their research and scholarship shapes how curricula are developed. They will serve as your educators AND your mentors—just as they would in the in-person environment.

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