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Admission Requirements

If you are a prospective student and would like information about applying to Teachers College, Columbia University, please visit the Office of Admissions, email, or call (212) 678-3710.

Please note: Admission requirements for those seeking New York State Teacher Certification have changed. Please visit the Office of Admissions Teacher Education website for the latest information.

The application process is available through the Online Application System.  Please note that the Program does not pre-screen applicants to determine eligibility for Admission.

The following items are required:

  1. A completed application form and application fee found online at Online Application System
  2. A personal statement
  3. A video essay (to be completed online at Online Application System)
  4. A current resume or CV
  5. Official transcripts from each university you attended

    All transcripts from non-U.S or Canadian post-secondary institutions must have course-by-course evaluations from World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), or other evaluation institutions approved by the Office of Admission. Please view the application notes for International Applicants.

  6. 2 letters of reference
  7. For M.A. PK-12 track applicants ONLY: Due to recent changes in New York State law, the GRE will also be required for all students entering teacher preparation programs from fall 2016 onward. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information.
  8. For Ed.M. and Ed.D. applicants ONLY: A writing sample that demonstrates your English academic writing ability and your potential to do research
  9. For non-native speakers of English ONLY: Students must submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores that are no more than 2 years old and MUST meet our minimum requirements listed below.   
    Minimum Speaking Score 26 7
    Minimum Writing Score 26 7
    Minimum Reading Score 25 7
    Minimum Listening Score 25 7

    Our policy is that all non-native English speakers who did not go to junior high school, high school, and university consecutively at an English-medium school in an English-speaking country MUST take the TOEFL or IELTS.

  10. Applicants to the Ed.M. and  Ed.D. programs must have an M.A. in TESOL, Applied Linguistics or a related field. During the admission review process, the committee will review the applicant's complete transcripts to determine academic relatability to the coursework. Applicants that are unsure of the relatedness of their previously completed graduate degree should still apply to their desired degree track. The admissions committee ensures that all applicants are considered for their desired degree track as well as for any lower-level masters degree tracks.
  11. All students are expected to write and speak in a way that is appropriate to their professional responsibilities. Students having difficulty in achieving these standards will be required to take additional coursework or seek help from the TC Writing Center.


  • Ed.M. applicants may request to transfer up to 30 credit points into the TESOL program from previous graduate study at an accredited institution. Applicants who have already earned an M.A. from Teachers College may transfer a total of 15 points in related areas from an accredited institution. Ed.D. students may transfer up to 45 points from previous graduate study at an accredited institution. All transfer of credit points must meet the approval of a faculty advisor.
  • The TESOL/AL program has a procedure for current students intending to re-apply to another program to have application items waived with program permission. This is called the "re-application waiver form." Please download the pdf or pick up this form from the Office of Admission. The form then needs to be completed and signed by the program coordinator to indicate items to be waived. Once completed, return the form to the Office of Admission for processing.
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