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In the Department of Arts & Humanities

INSTEP Summer Intensive MA Program for Inservice Teachers

The 34 point INSTEP Program in the Teaching of English is an Intensive Summer MA Program over three consecutive summers in New York City. Come together with a select group of experienced English educators from around the country and around the world to take advantage of Teachers College, Columbia University's highly regarded English Education program.  We also draw on the full range of cultural resources in New York City in the interest of furthering your own professional, intellectual, and aesthetic development. This program stresses teacher inquiry, the integration of the language arts with the performing and fine arts, and a focus on intellectual processes in reading, writing, and literary study. INSTEP courses are taught by members of Teachers College faculty in English Education: Sheridan Blau, Bob Fecho, Janet Miller, Ruth Vinz, Pat Zumhagen, and Adam Wolfsdorf (Program Coordinator).

2017 Dates: Program begins Sunday, July 9, with an all-day orientation, and ends Friday, July 28.

Our Aesthetic Education Philosophy in Action

In addition to academic courses, our program immerses teachers in interactive and experiential aesthetic methodologies designed to widen their capacity to teach literacy through the arts.

Program Features:

  • Intensive seminars in English studies & language arts pedagogy
  • Intensive workshops in Reading, Writing, and Literary Study
  • Workshops at Lincoln Center, integrating Literature, Art, Music, Dance
  • Workshops at Metropolitan Museum of Art, integrating Literature and Art
  • Workshops at various other Cultural Arts Programs across the city.
  • Workshops integrating programs in Department of Arts and Humanities

The INSTEP Program in English Education can be completed by in-service teachers in three summers. Students accepted to the program form a cohort group that remains together throughout each summer, taking classes offered only to INSTEP students. Classes offered to INSTEP students are intensive courses that meet in July for a total of three consecutive weeks per summer. The professional Seminar is offered on-line to INSTEP students during their first spring semester together. Students also have the option of enrolling in online or weekend courses during fall and spring semesters to complete the three additional out-of-program credit requirements. A master's project is a final requirement of the program. 

This M.A. program meets N.Y. State and national teacher preparation standards.


Your Course of Study

Students complete most course requirements for the INSTEP PROGRAM (which are similar to the 34 credit M.A. program leading to Professional Certification) through their enrollment in an intensive 22 day-summer program for three consecutive summers during which they work in a cohort of 12-15 teachers for 6-8 hours each day. Supplementary online courses for each cohort conducted during the academic year after summers 1 & 2 allow the cohorts to continue their collegial collaboration during the academic year while satisfying the few remaining requirements.

Professor Blau on our Summer Intensive M.A Program (InSTEP)

Dr. Blau, Professor of Practice, teaches the InSTEP course "Literature & Teaching: An examination, through experiments, workshops, and discussions, of essential theoretical and pedagogical questions about literature and the challenge of teaching students and texts."

How to Apply

To apply for admission, please visit TC Admissions. We accept applications on a rolling, space-available basis. While there is no formal deadline for INSTEP, we highly recommend submitting your application before April 15 in order to be reviewed in time for classes.


Financial Aid

Our goal is to help remove financial barriers to assist students in meeting the cost of attendance at the institution. Tuition scholarships are available on the basis of academic merit and financial need. Scholarships are awarded on a funds-available basis.

If you are interested in applying for Federal Student Aid, you will need to file for FAFSA online at Be sure to include the Teachers College school coded G03979. After we receive your FAFSA information from the Department of Education, within14 days you will receive a financial aid award letter. We strongly recommend completing as early as possibly if you are planning to attend Teachers College this summer. 

The Financial Aid Office provides counseling and assistance in completing the financial aid application, evaluation and determination of need. For more information on the financial aid process please visit The Office of Financial Aid.

For current enrollment costs, see the Office of Admissions.



If you are interested in applying for housing, we recommend contacting the Office of Residential Services for more information.  

Limited housing for INSTEP students is available. Housing for INSTEP students is known as Summer Conference Housing and has a separate application process than school-year housing. If you are interested in applying for housing, please complete the Summer Conference Housing Application via the link on the Summer Conference Housing page, and indicate that you are planning to enroll in an INSTEP program. Do not use the regular Housing Application for school-year programs.

The Office of Residential Services offers a limited number of spaces within the residence halls to accommodate persons attending summer conferences, classes, workshops, or interning. Conference guests and workshop attendees will be housed in our 517 West 121st residence hall.


Program Contact

For more information please contact our INSTEP Coordinator: Nathan Blom.


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