Advanced Certificate Programs

About the Application Process

Teachers College is a graduate-only institution. Applicants must hold the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree in order to be considered for admission unless otherwise noted. Applicants from the U.S. are also required to hold the undergraduate baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. All students must have a conferred undergraduate baccalaureate degree before matriculating at Teachers College.

When an application account is created, applicants will have the option to select one of the following application options: degree, non-degree or advanced certificate. Applicants should select the Advanced Certificate option and the appropriate term of entry (e.g. 2018 Advanced Certificate).

STEP 1 - Complete Advanced Certification Online Application Form

When completing the Advanced Certificate Online Application Form, use a single email address that will not expire before your desired term of entry, as it will be used for all correspondence from the Office of Admission. The Advanced Certificate application can be used to apply to one of the following options:

STEP 2 - Upload State of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced.  It should describe your academic and professional background, plans for graduate school, your professonal goals, and how and why you are a good fit for this advanced certificate program.  It should be tailored to Teachers College and your specific advanced certificate program of interest.   

STEP 3 - Submit Transcripts

Transcripts from academic institutions in the United States or Canada

Transcripts from academic institution(s) in the United States or Canada can be uploaded to the online application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload a copy of their transcript to the online application. This is required from each college or university attended for academic credit for any period of time, showing all courses, grades and degrees received (if any). This includes any study-abroad programs or transfer credit not reflected on your undergraduate transcripts with full course titles and final grades. A transcript can be in the form of a scanned copy of an official transcript or an academic record from your institution's Student Information System (SIS) portal. If uploading an academic record from your institution's SIS portal please be certain that it contains the institution name, course titles and grade information and any academic comments. If not, then please upload a copy of your official transcript.

This feature is offered in order to save you time and ensure that a record of your academic progress is included with your submitted application. It eliminates the need to have transcripts mailed to us during the initial processing and review of your application and precludes any delays resulting from the non-receipt of a transcript.

Only if you are recommended for admission will you be required to submit official transcripts from all academic institutions listed on your application. Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of your official transcripts. Teachers College reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission, if there is a discrepancy between the uploaded version/evaluation and the official original transcript(s).

Transcripts from academic institutions located outside the United States or Canada

A course-by-course evaluation is required for all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable) for academic coursework completed outside of the United States and Canada. Note, this does not pertain to students from the United States and Canadian spending a semester or year abroad, often referred to as "study abroad".

Teachers College will accept evaluations from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) and American Association of Collegiate Registrars. Note that WES and ECE provide several types of evaluations. Select the course-by-course evaluation option to ensure your evaluation meets our requirements for admission review. If you already completed an evaluation from a different agency please contact the Office of Admission to confirm whether or not we can accept the evaluation. For admission purposes evaluations must include degree(s) equivalency to a U.S. degree (if any), all coursework, grades and credits for each course and periods of enrollment.

Applications are not considered complete without a course-by-course evaluation. Teachers College administrators will review the evaluations. The determination of degree equivalency to U.S. degrees is at the discretion of the College.

STEP 4 - If required, submit scores from an accepted English proficiency exam.

Please visit International Student section for more information.

STEP 5 - Submit Application

In order to officially submit the application you must complete the signature section of the online application and then select "Submit Application." You will then be prompted to submit the non-refundable application fee ($65).

Please note, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the Office of Admission receives all required materials. An application status page is provided after an application is submitted to monitor pending application materials. Under no circumstances can any application materials submitted to the Office of Admission be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another college, university or place of business.

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