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Academic Degrees and Programs

chart: 2011-12 enrollment by degree
2011-12 enrollment by degree
Teachers College's instructional mission is accomplished through the following graduate degree programs:
  • The degrees of Master of Arts (MA) and Master of Science (MS) provide students with a comprehensive and coherent view of theory and research in the chosen discipline/professional field and help them develop critical thinking skills that facilitate application of scientific knowledge to practice within the student's professional field.
    • The MA degree is granted upon the satisfactory completion of no fewer than 30 points and a formal essay or 32 points and a departmental integrative project/comprehensive examination. The program includes a minimum of 12 points in the major field courses and a minimum of 6 points of courses outside the major department to broaden the student's background in education.
    • The MS degree is granted upon the satisfactory completion of no fewer than 30 points and a formal essay or 32 points and a departmental integrative project/comprehensive examination. The program includes a minimum of 20 points in science courses and related technical fields and a minimum of 4 points of courses outside the major department to broaden the student's background in education.
  • The degree of Master of Education (EdM) provides for advanced study in the discipline or professional field and for individually designed study to meet the student's professional needs and interests. Students can focus on (a) preparation as a scholar of practice who is able to translate research and theory into appropriate clinical and educational strategies; (b) preparation as an instructor, clinical or educational supervisor, or applied investigator; or (c) preparation for study toward the doctoral degree.
    • The EdM degree is granted upon the satisfactory completion of no fewer than 60 points and a formal essay, departmental integrative project, or comprehensive examination. The program includes a minimum of 6 points of courses outside the major department to broaden the student's background in education.
  • The degree of Doctor of Education (EdD) emphasizes broad preparation for advanced professional responsibilities through a program based upon extensive study in a specialized branch of the field of education or in an area of instruction. The EdD programs are designed for students preparing for leadership roles as scholars of practice within one of the professional disciplines. The program emphasis is on research in practice and is weighed heavily toward applied problems using a variety of research and discovery methodologies. Special programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Education (EdDCT) for persons preparing for college teaching of an academic subject are offered in several departments. These programs emphasize broad preparation in the candidate's major field, specialized competence in a limited area within that field, and an understanding of the broader problems of education, especially at the college level.
    • The minimum requirements include satisfactory completion of a planned program of 90 points of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor's degree; submission of a statement of total program indicating periods of intensive study that accompanies the program plan of study; satisfactory performance on a departmental certification examination; and the preparation and defense of a dissertation. Some fields of study have additional requirements such as an examination in one foreign language or in mathematical statistics.
  • The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) emphasizes research and intensive specialization in a field of scholarship. The PhD programs are focused on preparing students interested in a career in research and academic scholarship. The research preparation is weighed heavily toward laboratory research, and most of the students' doctoral experience is a guided mentorship aimed at developing independent research skills. Under an agreement with Columbia University, Teachers College offers programs leading to the PhD degree in designated fields in which the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of the University does not offer programs, namely in education, including education in the substantive disciplines and certain applied areas of psychology.
    • The minimum requirements include satisfactory completion of 75 points of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor's degree; submission of a statement of total program indicating periods of intensive study that accompanies the program plan of study; satisfactory performance on foreign language examinations and on a departmental certification examination; and the preparation and defense of a dissertation. Some fields of study have additional requirements.

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  • Accreditation

    Russell hall - historical imageTeachers College was part of the first group of institutions accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in 1921. The College has maintained its Middle States accreditation continuously ever since. [Image courtesy of TC's Gottesman Libraries.]