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Continuous Registration Requirement by The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
 
Ph.D. students must register continuously until all requirements for the M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees have been satisfactorily fulfilled. Exception to actual registration is made only if a Leave of Absence has been requested and approved by the Chair of the Subcommittee on the Ph.D. degree prior to or during the period requested. Applications are available from the Office of Doctoral Studies.
 
A Leave of Absence is approved on the basis of sustained illness, maternity leave, or national military service, for a period usually not exceeding one year. The period of a Leave of Absence is not counted as part of the time allowed for completion of degree requirements.
 
Continuous Registration for Dissertation Advisement Required by the Teachers College Faculty
 
Each Ph.D. student must register continuously for the course in doctoral dissertation advisement offered by the Department following enrollment in the Department's designated dissertation seminar course(s) or following the term in which the dissertation proposal was approved, whichever comes first, and continuing until all requirements for the degree are met. Continuous registration for doctoral advisement is required each Autumn and Spring term, whether or not the student is in attendance, and in the Summer term when special permission has been granted to schedule an oral examination on the dissertation. The obligation for continuous registration ends after the deposit of the dissertation manuscript has received final approval by the Office of Doctoral Studies. Students have until one month into the term after the date of the oral examination to deposit the final copies of the dissertations in the Office of Doctoral Studies without re-resigtration. Anyone depositing after this date resumes obligation for continuous registration until the final deposit is made.
 
Please note that this requirement differs from Columbia’s GSAS Continuous Registration requirements. Please only follow TC’s requirements.
 
Foreign Language Requirement
 
Each Ph.D. student must demonstrate acceptable proficiency in foreign languages while completing M.Phil degree requirements as detailed below. Reading proficiency in French, German, Russian, and Spanish, will be assessed by appropriate Columbia University faculty. Please refer to Appendix E. For other languages, as approved by the respective Area Committee(s), the student's Department is responsible for obtaining an appropriate examiner from within Columbia University.
 
Program Requirements: Departments in Teachers College and their programs having foreign language requirements are as follows:
 
1. Arts and Humanities:
 
  • History and Education: Follows the requirements of the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History. The following website contains the specific information on language requirements based on the area of history specialized in: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsas/departments/history/bulletin.html. Statistics may be substituted for one language under the General Requirement. (See Appendix B.)
     
  • Philosophy and Education: Reading competency in one language, usually French, German, Greek, or Latin. Another language may be substituted when relevant, and approved by the Area Committee.
     
  • English Education: Follows the requirements of the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature. The following website contains the specific information on language requirements: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsas/departments/english-comparative-lit/bulletin.html
     
  • Teaching of Social Studies: Follows the requirements of the Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of History. The following website contains the specific information on language requirements based on the area of history specialized in: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gsas/departments/history/bulletin.html
     
    2. Biobehavioral Sciences:
     
  • Speech-Language Pathology – No foreign language requirements.
     
    3. Counseling and Clinical Psychology:
     
  • Counseling Psychology and Clinical Psychology: No foreign language requirements.
     
    4. Health and Behavior Studies
     
  • Applied Behavior Analysis, Intellectual Disability/Autism, and Physical Disabilities: No foreign language requirements.
     
  • Behavioral Nutrition: No foreign language requirements
     
  • School Psychology: No foreign language requirements.
     
    5. Human Development:
     
  • Cognitive Studies in Education, Developmental Psychology, and Measurement and Evaluation: No foreign language requirements.
     
  • Sociology and Education: No foreign language requirements.
     
    6. International and Transcultural Studies:
     
  • Anthropology and Education, Applied Anthropology, Comparative and International Education: Two foreign languages, as determined by the Area of Specialization and approved by the Area Committee. Statistics may be substituted for one language. (See Appendix B).
     
  • Economics and Education: One foreign language, as determined by the Area of Specialization and approved by the Area Committee.
     
    7. Mathematics, Science, and Technology:
     
  • Mathematics Education: Two from among French, German, and Russian. Students who require other languages for the preparation of their thesis may petition the Department to request substitution.
     
  • Science Education: No foreign language requirements.
     
    8. Organization and Leadership:
     
  • Educational Leadership and Politics and Education : One foreign language approved by the Area Committee and one research tool which consists of either an additional foreign language, an approved two course sequence in formal modeling, or an approved two course sequence in quantitative analysis.
     
  • Social-Organizational Psychology: No foreign language requirements.
     
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