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Degree Information > Non-TC Credit Limits

Non-TC Credit Limits

M.A. Programs: Students must take a minimum of 20 points of TC courses to earn the degree. In addition, they may count a maximum of 12 credits earned from other schools in the University toward their M.A.

M.S. Programs: Students must take a minimum of 20 points of coursework at Teachers College. They may take the remaining coursework at either TC or in other schools within the University so long as they meet all other degree requirements specified by their program.

Ed.M. Programs: Students must take a minimum of 18 points in TC courses to meet degree requirements. They may take the remaining coursework at either TC or in other schools within the University so long as they meet all other degree requirements specified by their program.

To fulfill the College breadth requirement, students in M.A., M.S., and Ed.M. programs must take a minimum of three TC courses (each for a minimum of 2 points) outside of their major program. Students may not use non-TC courses to meet the breadth requirement.

Ed.D./Ph.D. Programs: The College does not set a blanket TC-point minimum for doctoral degrees. However, individual programs have requirements that students can only meet through TC courses. Students should consult with their academic advisors to ensure that courses taken at affiliate institutions or through the Doctoral Consortium will count towards their program plans.