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Neuroscience and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

What level of neuroscience training / knowledge is required?

Students will little or no prior training in basic brain anatomy and physiology can take the two courses offered in our department: Brain and Behavior 1 and 2. However, these courses are in the Spring and Summer terms. It is recommended that students with no prior neuroscience training enroll in the summer offering of Brain and Behavior 1. If this is not possible, then students should arrange for at least an undergraduate level introductory course prior to starting the program.


Is the GRE required for admission?

No, but scores may be submitted if they are available. Other application materials like the personal statement and previous academic and professional experience are weighed more heavily in admissions decisions.


What do graduates of the program do?

Alumni of the Neuroscience and Education program have gone on to diverse careers and further educational opportunities.  Several have continued on to Doctoral programs both at Columbia and other universities.  Others have continued their professional careers with more advanced understanding of the neural underpinnings of their students or clients' learning and cognitive profiles.  Some students have developed careers in research labs, and others have become consultants or entered careers in educational software development. While the MS degree is not itself a professional preparation for a specific job, it does provide a broad background of advanced learning in neuroscience and education, and allows the student to develop skills in new technological techniques for studying behavior and brain activity.


How many credits do I have to take per semester?

"Full-time''status is accorded to students registered for 12 or more semester points perterm. Students enrolled for fewer than 12 semester points (0-11 semesterpoints) are considered "part-time.''


How can I maintain full-time status,with less than 12 points per semester?

Students taking fewer than 12semester points in a term may be certified as full-time if they can present anapproved Certificate of Equivalency (COE) form (http://www.tc.columbia.edu/i/a/944_coe1.pdf).


When are classes held?

With a few exceptions, all classes take place in the evening from 5:10 PM -- 6:50 PM, and from 7:20 PM -- 9:00 PM (Monday till Thursday; no classes on Friday). Typically, during the Spring and Fall semesters, one class (of 1 hour 40 minutes) a week is held for a 3-points course. In addition, each class required self-study time (e.g., 6 -- 8 hours a week, or more, for a 3-points course).


Is it possible to work full-time and obtain my degree?

Yes it is possible to work. Most of the Masters students currently have full or part time jobs. All masters courses are offered after 5pm.


How long does it take to complete the program if I study part-time vs. full time?

This answer depends on how many courses are taken each semester. The Masters degree requires 32 credit hours and completion of a master's project. Part-time study generally is 3-6 credits a semester. Students can also take credits over the summer. Summer school has two sessions during which students can take classes. Full time study with attendance during summer session is approximately 15 months in length. It is important to note that a slower pace in the program can allow for more engagement in research, attendance at College/University lectures/events/conferences and better connection with faculty and peers in the program. f


Is health insurance available?

Yes, health insurance is available. Full time students must prove they have health insurance or otherwise enroll in the university plan. Insurance is available to part-time students. During registration all students have the option to enroll. More information about the plans are available through the Office of Student Activities.


Is housing available?

Teachers college does have subsidized housing. It is recommended that if housing is needed that students apply as far in advance as possible as space is limited. International students are given consideration first. More information can be obtained from the Office of Residential Services. Students may also wish to consider the nearby International House, a vibrant community of more than 700 graduate students and trainees who represent more than 100 countries. 


When are new students accepted into the college/program? 

Students are accepted for all semesters of study, so course work can begin in the fall, spring or summer. We have a rolling admissions policy-there is no deadline. Students may also enroll in up to 8 credits before matriculating, with all credits being applied toward the degree. It is recommended that prospective students apply as early as possible to be considered for financial aid and housing, if desired.


Can I park at Teachers College? Is there public transportation?

There are several parking lots near campus. Meters are available on city streets, however they are subject to NYC parking rules and regulations. TC is easily accessible by bus M4 and M104 and subway (1). A ride board also exists within the commuter's lounge.