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Through its four core areas of expertise - health, education, leadership, and psychology - Teachers College prepares educators, psychologists, policy makers and planners for the challenges they will face in their careers.
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Application Instructions

Thank you for your interest in Teachers College, Columbia University.  Please review our application instructions!

Degree Programs

1. Complete Degree Online Application Form

When completing the Online Application Form, select the program and term for which you plan to apply. We encourage applicants to review program deadlines and requirements on our Interactive Guide prior to applying. 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 Online Application Form is currently only accepting applications for Fall 2014 for programs that are still available.  The 2015 Application will be available in September. If you plan to apply for 2015, please wait to start your application.

2. Upload Statement 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 professional goals, and how and why you are a good fit for the program.  It should be tailored to Teachers College and our specific program of interest.

3. Upload Resume

The resume should be a chronological listing of your employment history, educational history, academic endeavors, and other significant activities.

4. Submit Two Letters of Recommendation

We strongly encourage applicants to submit letters of recommendation through our Online Application. Applicants should request letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak from personal knowledge on your academic or professional qualifications for graduate study. Whenever possible, recommendations should be written by academic sources. If you have been out of school for a number of years, professional recommendations may be used in most cases.  Recommendations written by family members or friends are not appropriate for the purposes of this application. Please note, some programs may require three letters of recommendation. Please consult the Interactive Guide for more information.

5. 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 and Admissions Officers (AACRAO). Note that WES, AACRAO 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.

6. Submit Supplemental Materials

Please consult the Interactive Guide to see if your program requires supplemental materials.  Examples of supplemental materials include:

  • Third Letter of Recommendation: A third letter of recommendation can also be included on the recommendation section of the online application.
  • Academic Writing Sample: If required, this should also be uploaded with the online application.  It should be a 10-15 page academic writing sample that demonstrates your scholarly thinking, writing skills, ability to do research, and ability to synthesize information.  Examples of appropriate writing samples include, but are not limited to, undergraduate or graduate thesis, research paper, or literature review.  If your writing sample exceeds 10-15 pages, please select an excerpt.
  • Standardized Tests: If required, all test scores must be official scores sent directly from the test administrator to the Office of Admission.  For the GRE, TOEFL, or other tests administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS), the assigned institution code for Teachers College is 2905.
    • GRE:  Only scores from exams taken within the last 5 years are valid.
    • TOEFL and English Proficiency Exam: If you received your baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from an institution where English is not the sole official language of instruction you must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam. We accept the TOEFL and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The English proficiency exam is required regardless of where you received a graduate degree (if any).

7. Submit Application

In order to officially submit the application you must click submit, pay the application fee ($65 for new applicants and $35 for re-applicants), and electronically sign the application.  Only after these three steps are completed, will your application be submitted to the Office of Admission.  Once you submit your application, you will be able to track your application materials on your Next Step Checklist. Please note, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the Office of Admission receives all required materials by the application deadline. Our deadlines are in-house deadlines.  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. All records submitted in support of an application for admission become part of a student's permanent record at Teachers College.

Non-Degree Programs

1. Complete Non-Degree Online Application Form

When completing the 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.

2. Upload proof of Conferred Baccalaureate Degree

Proof of a Conferred Baccalaureate Degree includes a copy or photocopy of your official transcript, a photocopy of your diploma, proof of New York State Teaching Certification, or your official transcript.  Applicants who received their baccalaureate degree outside the United States or Canada, must submit a course-by-course evaluation.  Please visit WEBSITE for more information.

3. If required, submit scores from an accepted English proficiency exam.

Please visit International Student section for more information.

4. Submit Application

In order to officially submit the application you must click submit, pay the application fee ($65), and electronically sign the application.  Only after these three steps are completed, will your application be submitted to the Office of Admission.


  • Not all programs or courses are available to students with Non-Degree status. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the availability of their desired courses prior to applying for Non-Degree Status. Visit the schedule of classes for more information.
  • Non-Degree students may take up to 16 credits. Only 8 of these credits may be credited toward minimum requirements in the major field if admitted to a degree-program.
  • There are no final deadlines for admission to Non-Degree Status, but it is recommended to apply well before the start of classes for your desired term of entry. Same-day processing is not guaranteed.
  • Non-Degree admission does not guarantee admission as a Degree student.
  • You cannot submit both a Degree application and Non-Degree application for the same entry term.
  • Financial Aid, Housing, Academic Advisement, and Student Visa Sponsorship are not available to Non-Degree students.

Workshops and Certificates

Teachers College, Columbia University’s Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) offers non-credit programs that are designed to take both a practical and innovative approach to professional development and learning.

We offer educational and corporate development programs that leverage TC’s world-renowned faculty and thought leadership in our four core areas of expertise: health, education, leadership, and psychology. 

TC’s CPS programs are delivered in a variety of convenient formats that include: 

  • Short-format workshops 
  • Professional certificate programs
  • Leading-edge conferences
  • E-learning
  • Custom programs

The Continuing Professional Studies team at Teachers College, Columbia University partners with outside organizations to design, develop, and implement customized professional development programs.  

TC’s Custom Programs are tailored to achieve specific organizational objectives and are held at the Teachers College, Columbia University campus in New York City, or at a location of your choice.

  • Professional certificate programs 
  • Leading-edge conferences 
  • E-learning 
  • Custom programs

See the Continuing and Professional Studies Website