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Welcome to the program in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country.

We live in challenging times. Problems on the near horizon, including global climate change, mass violence, deteriorating social welfare, and human rights violations can lead to cynicism and social decline. Yet we paradoxically live in a time of hope and opportunity as the rise of social media foils the despotic reach of governments, new technologies create space for robust public discourse, and education stands front and center as the last great hope of humanity's aim to live peaceably, sustainably and humanely. Social educators are crucial contributors in helping shape this uncertain future. 

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Program Open Houses in February

We are pleased to announce two program Open Houses in February: Saturday, February 13, 9:30am-4pm, and Friday, February 19, 9:30am-4pm. Planned activities include:

  • Meeting with program faculty to discuss questions about the program, their research interests, and the social justice mission of Teachers College.
  • A roundtable with current students in the program
  • A tour of Teachers College

Please email socialstudies@tc.columbia.edu for more information.


‘Groundbreaking’ Work by Dr. Sandra Schmidt Wins Early Career Award

Sandra Schmidt, Assistant Professor in the Program in Social Studies at Teachers College, has received the Early Career Award of the National Council for the Social Studies-College and University Faculty Assembly this past November. Read more about Professor Schmidt and her work on the A&H blog.


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Program Director: Professor William Gaudelli

Phone: (212) 678-4083    Fax: (212) 678-4118   

Email: gaudelli@tc.edu

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