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History and Education

Department of - Arts and Humanities

Contact Information

(212) 678-4138
(212) 678-3746
Cally Waite

Program Description

The Program in History and Education is one of the oldest at Teachers College, the history of education having been one of the first components of the university study of education. Many of the earliest doctoral dissertations at Teachers College dealt with historical subjects, even in the case of students aspiring to careers in curriculum, guidance, and administration. 

The program prepares people to teach in graduate schools of education, undergraduate departments of education, departments of history, theological seminaries, or other academic institutions, and to work as research scholars in institutes, government bureaus, or social service agencies where a deep understanding of education in historical perspective is essential.

The program addresses important educational questions first, by examining the ideas, individuals, and institutions of the past to determine their influence on their own times and second, by bringing historical knowledge and perspective to bear on current educational issues. The program offers courses covering the educational history of America, urban areas, women, immigrants, and African-Americans.

The program is open to students of broad and diverse backgrounds who can give evidence of academic competence and personal qualities suggesting high probability of professional success. Each student in the program is expected to take courses in the history of education, as well as in the more generalized fields of social, political, and cultural history. Students can also take subject matter courses in cognate areas aimed at complementing and supporting their specialized areas of interest within the history of education. In addition, most students engage in continuous independent research under the supervision of a faculty member.

Students in the program are encouraged, with their advisor’s guidance, to make full use of resources offered by other programs at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary.

Note: If you are interested in becoming a certified public school teacher, please see the program in Teaching of Social Studies in this department. The program in History and Education does not lead to public school certification.

Degree Summary

History and Education (HIST) 

  • Master of Arts (M.A.)
  • Master of Education (Ed.M.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

General

All courses should be determined with the advice and approval of the student’s advisor.


Master of Arts (30 or 32 points)

The Master of Arts offers two approaches:

  1. 30 points and a formal master’s essay, or
  2. 32 points and a special project. Topics and preparation of the essay or the special project are to be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. At least 15 of the points taken for the degree must be in the field of history and education. At least three Teachers College courses (for at least 2 points each) must be taken outside of the program in History and Education.


Master of Education (60 points)

The Master of Education requires 60 points, at least 30 of which must be completed under the auspices of Teachers College. Students must take at least 30 points in history and education and at least three Teachers College courses (for at least 2 points each) outside the program.


Doctor of Education (90 points)

The Doctor of Education requires 90 points with emphasis on broad preparation for a variety of teaching, research and administrative responsibilities informed by an understanding of historical development and context. Candidates should be in touch with the Office of Doctoral Studies to be certain of complying with the latest procedures, deadlines, and documents.


Doctor of Philosophy (75 points)

The Doctor of Philosophy requires 75 points, including demonstrated proficiency in two foreign languages. Program emphasizes historical research in education. Candidates should be in touch with the Office of Doctoral Studies to be certain of complying with the latest procedures, deadlines, and documents.


Application Information

A sample of historical writing is required for Ed.M., Ed.D., and Ph.D. applicants. Master’s students may begin in the fall or spring only. Doctoral applicants are accepted for the fall term only. GRE is required.

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Associate Professor of History and Education
Associate Professor of History and Education
Lecturer

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

A&HH 4060 History of education in New York City

An examination of the city’s educational institutions from the perspective of the different school populations who attended them over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.

A&HH 4070 History of Education in the United States

Considers the development of American education in the context of American social and intellectual history.

A&HH 4074 Historical visions of teachers and teaching

Professor Waite. A critical examination of popular representations of teachers during the 20th century.

A&HH 4076 History of urban education

Understanding the development of urban education as it relates to social, economic, and spatial changes in the metropolitan environment.

A&HH 4901 Research and independent study

Permission of instructor required.

A&HH 5010 History of school segregation in the U.S.

Examines the social, economic, and political factors that once supported segregated schools, led to the victory of Brown v. Board of Education (1954), and created the conditions for resegregated schools in contemporary times.

A&HH 5050 Harlem Stories: Archives and Digital Tools

Part of a two-course sequence; students may take one or both. Combines a topical focus on the history of education in Harlem with practice in digital approaches to researching and sharing historical knowledge, including connections to secondary classrooms. Emphasizes working with and developing archival collections, spatial mapping and creating digital historical exhibits.

A&HH 5051 Harlem Stories: Oral History and Digital Tools

Part of a two-course sequence; students may take one or both. Combines a topical focus on the history of education in Harlem with practice in digital approaches to researching and sharing historical knowledge, including connections to secondary classrooms. Emphasizes conducting and archiving oral histories and creating digital historical exhibits.

A&HH 5063 U.S. Education Policy in Historical Perspective

Examines the historical development of education policy in the U.S., with a particular focus on the increasing federal presence in U.S. education over the course of the 20th century. Traces how U.S. citizens have debated who should govern schools at what scale and how federal actors have defined social problems and sought to address them through education.

A&HH 5070 History and theory of higher education

Fundamental ideas that have shaped liberal education in the United States and basic issues that arise in the formulation of purposes, policies, and educational programs in colleges and universities.

A&HH 5076 History of African-American education

An exploration of informal and formal education from slavery to the present.

A&HH 5670 Colloquium in history and education

Discussion of research and teaching topics in history and education.

A&HH 6041 Historical method

Methods, principles, and problems of historical research and interpretation. Designed for students throughout the College undertaking systematic inquiries on historical topics.

A&HH 6901 Research and independent study

Faculty. Permission of instructor required.

A&HH 6970 Advanced doctoral seminar

Presentation of dissertation proposals and drafts and explorations of the employment prospects of specialists in history and education.

A&HH 7501 Dissertation seminar in history and education

Faculty. Permission of instructor required. Required of doctoral students in the semester following successful completion of certification examinations.

A&HH 8901 Dissertation advisement in history and education

Faculty. Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D./Ph.D. degrees