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Due to recent changes in New York State law, the GRE will be required for all students entering teacher preparation programs from fall 2016 onward. Please visit the Office of Admissions website for the latest information. Degrees not leading to certification do not require the GRE for admission unless otherwise stated. Applicants should indicate on the specialization section of the application whether they wish to pursue teacher certification.

M.A. students typically begin in the fall or summer. Ed.M., Ed.D., and Ph.D. students typically begin in fall term  and join a cohort of students.

The Master of Arts (38-point program) provides an avenue for New York State Initial Certification. The Master of Arts (32-point program including INSTEP) provides an avenue for Professional Certification in New York State and is for experienced teachers and those teaching in private schools. 

Applicants to the Master of Arts programs must have taken at least 21 credits in history by the time they complete the M.A. program if they wish to be certified in New York State. Additional coursework is needed in the social sciences (political science, geography, economics, etc.). Those courses that are not listed under a history department, but have substantial history content, may be counted toward the minimum history requirement. All M.A. inquiries should be directed to Dr. William Gaudelli.

Applicants to the Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree should be aware that the program generally admits students only after several years of teaching or related professional experience and completion of an M.A. degree in Social Studies education or an appropriate content field. Admission requirements in terms of undergraduate background are the same as the M.A. and the degree does not lead to teacher certification in New York.

An M.A. degree in an appropriate content field or in Social Studies education and several years of teaching experience are generally required for applicants to the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. In addition to the Teachers College admission requirements, doctoral applicants must submit a writing sample and recommendations written by persons qualified to address their potential for doctoral-level work. If the applicant will be in or near New York City, an interview is highly recommended.

Inquiries for the 32 point M.A. and the Ed.M. degrees should be directed to Professor Sandra Schmidt, Box 80, Teachers College; telephone: (212) 678-3174.

Applicants for the Ed.D. and Ph.D. degrees must contact Dr. William Gaudelli, Box 80, Teachers College; telephone: (212) 678-3150. 

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