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Teachers College, Columbia University
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application instructions

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

Degree Programs || Non-Degree Programs || Workshops & Certificates


Degree Programs

  • 1. Complete Degree Online Application Form

    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.

  • 2. Upload Statement of Purpose

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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