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Policies and Procedures

Access to Services

During the academic year, many of the services provided by the College are only available to credit students who are registered during the given semester. This includes, but is not limited to, library privileges and email accounts. Degree students who are not taking courses in the fall or spring semester may register for IND 4000, Master’s Candidate or IND 6000, Doctoral Candidate in order to maintain registration. The fee for either IND 4000 or IND 6000 is the current college fee.  During the summer term, email accounts and library access will be granted for students who were registered during the preceding spring term.  Access to other services during the summer may vary. Individuals should check with the department providing the service.

Accreditation

All Teachers College programs are registered with the New York State Education Department.

Teachers College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Teacher preparation and school leadership programs are accredited with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly NCATE).

A number of academic programs are accredited by specialized accrediting bodies, including:  

  • American Psychological Association (Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology and School Psychology doctoral programs)
  • American Speech-Hearing-Language Association (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
  • Applied Behavior Analysis International (Applied Behavior Analysis)
  • Association for Childhood Educators International (Elementary Inclusive Education)
  • Association for Sport and Physical Education (Physical Education)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Diabetics Education (Nutrition Education internship)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (Special Education programs)
  • Council on the Education of the Deaf (Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing)
  • Educational Leadership Constituents Council (Summer Principals Academy, Urban Education Leaders Program)
  • International Reading Association (Literacy Specialist)
  • International Society for Technology in Education (Technology Specialist)
  • Masters in Counseling Accreditation Council (Psychological Counseling)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (School Psychology)
  • National Council for the Social Studies (Teaching of Social Studies)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (Teaching of English)
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (Mathematics Education)
  • National Science Teacher Association (Science Education)
  • TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Updated: March, 2016

Attendance

Students are expected to attend all classes for which they are registered and are responsible for absences resulting from late enrollment.  Attendance in online courses is defined as regular and substantive participation in the learning activities prescribed by the course instructor.  For courses that have face-to-face meetings and online components, both attendance at face-to-face meetings and regular and substantive participation in the online learning activities prescribed by the course instructor are required.

Auditing

Teachers College students currently enrolled for 15 or more points may audit one or two Teachers College courses during the term.  Also, fully certified doctoral candidates may audit Teachers College courses which enhance their professional interests.

 Applications for auditing privileges are obtainable from the Office of the Registrar during the change-of-program period.  Students must secure the written approval of the course instructor and return the approval form to the Office of the Registrar during the change-of-program period. 

 Audited courses will not appear on the transcript or fulfill any academic requirement and may not later be applied for credit.  Courses with limited enrollment, laboratory courses, seminars, continuing professional studies courses, and non-credit courses are not open to auditors.    

Credit and Noncredit Courses

Some credit-bearing courses are offered also on a noncredit basis, as indicated in the course description.

Students registering for noncredit offerings do not earn academic credit.

A student who registers for a course on a noncredit basis may not change enrollment to credit once the course begins.  A student who registers for a course for credit may not change enrollment to noncredit once the course begins.

No Teachers College fee is charged if the noncredit course registration is the only course registration for the term; however, any laboratory fees or special fees for the course are additional.

Fees for noncredit offerings such as non-credit courses, workshops, institutes, and conferences vary. See the official announcement for these offerings for the tuition and fees charges.

Teachers College reserves the right to cancel or modify the courses listed in this catalog and other official publications and to change the instructors. 

Last updated: March 16, 2016

 

Credit Hour Policy

A “point” (equivalent to a semester hour) is the College’s unit of credit. The New York State Education Department1 and the U.S. Department of Education2 regulate the minimum standards for a credit hour. To meet these regulations, the following standards apply to all Teachers College credit courses. These are minimum requirements; individual courses may have greater requirements as determined by the course instructor. Time spent out-of-class represent averages, and some students might find it necessary to devote more time than these stated expectations. For this policy, a contact hour is defined as 50 minutes

Please see the full policy here

 

Student Records and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Statement

Student Records and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  1. General Background

    1. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) gives “students” a right of access to their "education records.” It also limits the disclosure of a student's education records by the College without the student's written permission.

    2. Under this policy, “students” are individuals who are or were registered students in attendance at Teachers College.  Persons who unsuccessfully applied for admission or who were accepted but never attended the College are not “students.” An unsuccessful applicant for admission to the College is not a College "student," even if the applicant is or was in attendance at another Columbia University school.

    3. Records Covered:
      1. A student’s "education records" include records, files, documents, and other materials regularly maintained by the College that contain information directly related to the student.

      2. Certain types of records are excluded from the scope of FERPA. For example, a student is not entitled to examine:

        1. Records maintained personally by an individual faculty member that have not been shared with and are not accessible by others.

        2. Records created or maintained by a physician, psychologist, or other recognized health care provider that are created, maintained, or used only in connection with the provision of treatment to the student and are not available to anyone other than persons providing such treatment.

        3. Records that are confidential as a matter of law, such as those that might be maintained by the College's attorneys. 

        4. Records containing financial information about a student’s parents, such as information submitted with an application for financial aid.


  2. Maintenance of Education Records

    A student’s official academic record is maintained by the Registrar, and its use is carefully controlled. Official records include the transcript, certain documents submitted in support of admission to the College and degree programs, and the doctoral student’s record maintained by the Office of Doctoral Studies.  Documents may be kept in digital form.  In accordance with established records management procedures, some records are purged periodically.

    Teachers College students, alumni and former students may inspect their student records in accordance with FERPA. With the exceptions set out below, such records are generally not available to anyone other than College representatives with an institutional reason for reviewing them. Transcripts and other student records are released only in accordance with the College’s FERPA statement.


  3. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Statement

    FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
    1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The student must bring valid photo identification to the appointment. Students will not be provided with copies of any part of their records other than the College transcript unless the inability to obtain copies of any part of his or her record other than the transcript would effectively prevent him or her from exercising his or her right to inspect and review his or her education records.

    2. The right to request the amendment of any parts of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Students who request amendment of a record that they believe is inaccurate should submit a written request to the Registrar in which they clearly identify the part of the record they want changed and why it is inaccurate. If the College decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the College will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing. If, after a hearing, the College decides that the records are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s rights, the student may place in the records a statement commenting upon the information and setting forth reasons for disagreeing with the decision.

    3. The right to withhold consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information (“PII”) contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.  It shall be a condition of the College’s disclosure of PII to a third party (1) that the party to which the information is released will not permit any other party to have access to such information without the written consent of the student and (2) that the released information may be used only for the purposes for which the disclosure was made. These conditions do not apply to certain subpoenas and court orders.

      Under FERPA, records containing PII may be disclosed without consent as follows:

      1. To “School Officials” with legitimate educational interests. A “School Official” includes a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position; public safety officials, members of the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee or admission committee, or assisting another School Official in performing his or her tasks for the College. In addition, a School Official may be a contractor who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records such as an attorney, auditor or collection agent.  A School Official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College.

      2. Upon request and in the discretion of the Registrar, to officials of another school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll. 

      3. To authorized representatives of the U.S. Controller General, Attorney General, or Secretary of Education, or to State and local educational authorities.  Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the FERPA requirements,  in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.  These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. 

      4. In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, the amount of the aid, or  the conditions of the aid; or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid.

      5. To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the College, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs: or (c) improve instruction.

      6. To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.

      7. To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.

      8. If designated as “directory information.” The College has designated the following categories of information as directory information with respect to each student: name, mailing, campus and permanent addresses, photo, email address, Columbia University Network ID (UNI), degree program and major field of study, dates of attendance at the College, full-time, half-time or part-time status, degrees conferred and their dates, dissertation title and dissertation committee members and master’s essay title and sponsor. A student who does not wish to have “directory information” released to third parties should notify the Office of the Registrar in writing of his or her wish to withhold such information in the future.

      9. Under limited circumstances, to a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or sex offense.  The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding.

      10. Under limited circumstances, to the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, if the school determines the student has committed a violation of the school’s rules or policies with respect to the allegation against the student.

      11. To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency subject to the provisions of the Regulations.

      12. To parents of a student under the age of 21 regarding the student’s violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of the school, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation.

    4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with FERPA. More information about FERPA is available at www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa. FERPA is administered by:

      Family Policy Compliance Office
      U.S. Department of Education
      400 Maryland Avenue, SW
      Washington, DC 20202-8520


  4. Student Requests for Release of Records.

    Upon written request by a student, the College may release information in that student’s Teachers College education records to third parties. The student should make a request for such release in writing with the student’s signature to the Registrar.   The third-party designated by the student will ordinarily not be provided with copies of any part of the student’s record other than the College transcript. The College may impose a charge for copying a student’s records in connection with such a release, generally 20 cents per page.   Transcripts are covered by a one-time fee paid by students upon registration.

    Questions about the interpretation of the guidelines should be referred to the Executive Director Academic Affairs Compliance at maul@tc.edu.

    Responsible office:  Associate Provost/Enrollment Services
    Last updated:  March 31, 2015

Grading

Course instructors are responsible for setting the requirements for courses and evaluating students' work.  The grading symbols approved by the Faculty, appear below:

A+       Rare performance. Reserved for highly exceptional, rare achievement.

A         Excellent. Outstanding achievement.

A-        Excellent work but not quite outstanding.

B+       Very good. Solid achievement expected of most graduate students.

B         Good. Acceptable achievement.

B-        Acceptable achievement but below what is generally expected of graduate students.

C+       Fair achievement, above minimally acceptable level.

C         Fair achievement but only minimally acceptable.

C-        Very low performance.  The records of students receiving such grades are subject to review. This review may result in the denial of permission to register for further study at Teachers College. No more than 3 points of C- may be credited toward any degree, certificate or diploma. Students completing requirements for more than one degree or diploma may count 3 points of C- toward only one such award. Students who accumulate 8 points or more with grades of C- or lower may not continue study at the College and will not receive a degree or diploma.

F          Failure. The records of students receiving such grades are subject to review. This review may result in the denial of permission to register for further study at Teachers College. Students who accumulate 8 points or more with grades of C- or lower may not continue study at the College and will not receive a degree or diploma.  Students usually may not repeat a failed course unless it is required. When the course is required, the students may re-register and obtain a satisfactory grade. The previous F grade remains on the transcript.

P          Passed.  The “P” grade indicates passing performance in certain courses that only provide for dichotomous evaluation. Alternatively, by arrangement with the instructor as outlined in the Grading Options section below, students can request pass/fail grading in courses that normally lead to letter grades. Once an instructor submits a final pass/fail grade for a course, the transcripts of students in that course will not carry any other type of grade. The College does not issue supplementary statements on student performance in the course.

DP       Doctoral pass credit. The grade of DP may be assigned only to certified doctoral candidates who have successfully completed all requirements prescribed by the instructor. Students may receive DP credit only for courses taken in the semesters after they are certified. DP credit may not apply toward M.A. or M.S. degree requirements. A maximum of 6 points of DP credit may apply toward Ed.M. degree requirements. See section below on Grading Options for further information.

WD     Withdrawn. The WD grade indicates course withdrawal after the close of the change-of-program period during the term or non-attendance, as reported by a course instructor. See                                                                            www.tc.edu/policylibrary/withdrawal_from_classes    

YC      Year Course. The symbol “YC’’ is assigned for the first half of a year course (courses that appear with a “z’’ suffix on the transcript). At the end of the second half of the course, the final grade, denoting the instructor’s evaluation, will appear on the transcript.

R         Attendance Credit. R grades indicate that students attended a course. Instructors who agree to grant R credit may stipulate requirements in addition to regular attendance. Courses taken through the Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium may not be taken for an R grade.  No R credit may apply toward M.A. or M.S. degrees. A maximum of 6 R credits may apply toward Ed.M. programs but not to satisfy the three-course out-of-program requirement. Finally, a maximum of 9 R credits may apply toward doctoral programs but not toward minimum distribution requirements. See section below on Grading Options for further information.

        Transfer credit awarded. The T grade is applied to transfer courses that meet minimum eligibility requirements for transfer work and that a faculty advisor has approved for credit. 

The above grades are final and may not be changed.

IN        Incomplete. The grade of Incomplete is to be assigned only when the course attendance requirement has been met but, for reasons satisfactory to the instructor, the granting of a final grade has been postponed because certain course assignments are outstanding. If the outstanding assignments are completed within one calendar year from the date of the close of term in which the grade of Incomplete was received and a final grade submitted, the final grade will be recorded on the permanent transcript, replacing the grade of Incomplete, with a transcript notation indicating the date that the grade of Incomplete was replaced by a final grade. If the         outstanding work is not completed within one calendar year from the date of the close of term in which the grade of Incomplete was received, the grade will remain as a permanent Incomplete on the transcript. In such instances, if the course is a required course or part of an approved program of study, students will be required to re-enroll in the course including repayment of all tuition and fee charges for the new registration and satisfactorily complete all course requirements. If the required course is not offered in subsequent terms, the student should speak with the faculty advisor or Program Coordinator about their options for fulfilling the degree requirement. Doctoral students with six or more credits with grades of Incomplete included on their program of study will not be allowed to sit for the certification exam.  

*          Missing grade. Final grade has not been assigned by the course instructor.

 

Grading Options

Teachers College categorizes grade options as evaluative (letter-graded on an A+ through F scale), pass/fail (P/F), doctoral pass (DP), or attendance (R).  Within the academic term of the course, students may request grade options that differ from the standard grade options that their course instructors use, but instructors have discretion to approve or deny such requests. Students may obtain applications for alternative grading options from the Office of the Registrar.  Once an alternative grade application has received approval from the course instructor and Registrar, students may not request a subsequent change of grade option. Deadlines and specific procedures for completing the applications appear below:

Pass/Fail and Evaluative Letter Grades

Students in courses that normally award pass/fail grades may request letter grades, and students in letter-graded courses may request a pass/fail option. If the instructor approves the request, the student must submit the completed application for alternative grading to the Registrar before the third class session.

Doctoral Pass

Certified doctoral candidates may request a doctoral pass (DP) grade option. If the instructor approves the request, the candidate must submit the completed application to the Registrar before two-thirds of the class sessions have met.

Attendance Credit

Students desiring attendance (R) credit must request the R option from the course instructor. If the instructor approves the request, the student must submit the completed application to the Registrar before two-thirds of the class sessions have met. Mathematics majors in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology must have their applications cosigned by the program coordinator.

Changes in Grades

All grades other than Incomplete are final once submitted to the Office of the Registrar.  Once final grades have been given, instructors may not change them unless errors occurred in the original transmission of grades.  A student who believes that an instructor has made a grading error should follow the procedures outlined in the Grade Correction policy: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/policylibrary/Grade Correction

Courses at Schools Other than Teachers College

Different schools and affiliates of Columbia University, as well as members of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, may have different policies, procedures, and deadlines on course grading and incomplete grades. Teachers College students who cross-register at other schools should note that their course work at the host school may be subject to the policies and procedures of that school and not those of Teachers College. Grades of "D" earned at these other institutions will not count toward a Teachers College degree or certificate. 

Responsible Office:  Associate Dean/Enrollment Services

Last updated:   October 2014

Graduate Credit in Advanced Undergraduate Courses

Students in degree programs may petition the Registrar to have an advanced undergraduate course offered at Columbia University counted as graduate credit toward the degree. To be considered for graduate credit, the courses must be beyond the general introductory level, relevant to the student’s specialty, and must not be available on the graduate level within the University. In addition, a student must obtain a written statement from the instructor of the course clarifying the additional work required in order to differentiate between undergraduate and graduate participation in the course. For basic language courses, courses must be beyond the first two years. No more than 6 points in advanced undergraduate courses may be approved for graduate credit. The advisor’s written recommendation is also required and final approval is granted by the Registrar. Petition forms may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar. Tuition charges for undergraduate courses that the Registrar approves for graduate credit or undergraduate language courses taken to fulfill the language requirement for the Ph.D. may be used to calculate students' federal financial aid awards. Undergraduate courses that fall outside of these parameters will not be factored into federal aid awards.

HEGIS Codes

Curriculum and Teaching: Elementary Education-Professional Certification

0802 M.A.

Curriculum and Teaching: Secondary Education-Professional Certification

0803 M.A.

Elementary Inclusive Education-Initial Certification

0802 M.A.

Elementary Inclusive Education- Initial Certification With Gifted Extension

0802 Ed.D./ M.B.A.

Higher and Postsecondary Education

0805 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS)

0807 Ed.D.
Adult Learning and Leadership 0807 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.
†*Applied Behavior Analysis 0808 Ph.D., Ed.D.
Applied Behavior Analysis-Initial Dual Certification 0808 M.A.
*Deaf and Hard of Hearing 0808 Ed.D.

Early Childhood Education: Special Education-Initial Certification

0808 M.A

Early Childhood Education: Special Education-Initial Dual Certification

0808 M.A

Guidance and Rehabilitation

0808 M.A.

Elementary Inclusive Education-Initial Dual Certification

0808 M.A.
†*Intellectual Disability/Autism 0808 Ed.D., Ph.D.
Intellectual Disability/Autism-Initial Dual Certification 0808 M.A.

Intellectual Disability/Autism: Early Childhood- Dual Certification

0808 Ed.M.

Intellectual Disability/Autism:Childhood/Elementary- Dual Certification

0808 Ed.M.
Instructional Practice in Special Education 0808 Ed.M.

†*Physical Disabilities

Secondary Inclusive Education

0808

0808

Ed.D., Ph.D.

M.A.

Severe and Multiple Disabilities: Annotation

Special Inclusive Elementary Education

0808

0808

M.A.

M.A.

Gifted Education

0811 M.A.
Gifted Education- Initial Certification  0811 M.A.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing

0812 M.A.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing- Initial Certification 0812 M.A.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Adolescence Education-Dual Certification

0812 Ed.M.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Early Childhood Education-Initial Dual Certification

0812 Ed.M.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired: Elementary Education-Initial Dual Certification

0812 Ed.M.
Deaf Education: Reading Specialist- Initial Dual Certification 0812 Ed.M.

Communication Sciences and Disorders-Initial Certification

0815 M.S.

Communication Sciences and Disorders-Professional Certification

0815 M.S.

Communication Sciences and Disorders: Bilingual Option-Initial Certification     

0815 M.S.

Speech and Language Pathology-Bilingual Extension Institute

0815 Adv. Cert.
History and Education 0821 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.,Ph.D.
Philosophy and Education 0821 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.,Ph.D.

Applied Educational Psychology: Cognitive, Behavioral, and Developmental Analysis  

0822 Ed.M.
Cognitive Studies in Education 0822 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.
Psychology in Education 0822 M.A
Early Childhood Education  0823 M.A., Ed.M, Ed.D.

Early Childhood Education- Initial Certification

0823 M.A.
Early Childhood Education- Special Education 0823 Ed.M
Applied Statistics   0824 M.S.
School Counselor 0826.01 Ed.M

Applied Developmental and Learning Psychology-  School Psychology   

0826.02 Ed.M.
Applied Educational Psychology- School Psychology 0826.02 Ph.D.
Education Policy 0827 M.A., Ed.M., Ph.D.
Educational Leadership 0827 PH.D.
Educational Leadership Studies    0827

M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

Urban Education Leaders Program

0827 Ed.D.
Leadership, Policy and Politics   0827 Ed.D.

††Education Leadership Management  (M.B.A. through Columbia University Graduate School of Business)

0827 Ed.D.
Private School Leadership 0827 M.A., Ed.M
††Private School Leadership (M.B.A. through Columbia University Graduate School of Business) 0827 M.A.
Public School Building Leadership 0828 M.A., Ed.M.
Curriculum and Teaching 0829 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

Designing Interactive Multimedia Instruction   

0829 Adv. Cert.   
Literacy Specialist- Initial Certification 0830 M.A.
Reading Specialist- Initial Certification 0830 M.A.

Art and Art Education

0831 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T.
Art and Art Education- Initial Certification    0831 M.A.

 

Creative Technologies

0831

0831

M.A.

Adv. Cert.

Music and Music Education  0832 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T.
Music and Music Education- Initial Certification 0832 M.A.
Music and Music Education- Professional Certification         0832 M.A.
Mathematics Education 0833 M.A., M.S., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T., Ph.D.
Science Education 0834 Ed.D., Ph.D.
Science and Dental Education 0834 M.A.
Supervisor/Teacher of Science Education 0834 M.A.
Teacher Education in Science      0834 M.S., Ed.M.
Applied Physiology 0835

M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

Kinesiology   0835 Ph.D.
Motor Learning 0835 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.
Movement Sciences and Education   0835 Ed.D
Physical Education 0835 M.A.
Physical Education- Initial Certification 0835 M.A.
Physical Education- Professional Certification  0835 M.A.
Physical Education, Curriculum and Teaching in 0835 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.
Nutrition and Exercise Physiology 0837 M.S.
Community Health Education 0837 M.S.

Diabetes Education and Management

Advanced Diabetes Topics

0837

0837

M.S.

Adv. Cert.

Health Education 0837 M.A., Ed.D
Bilingual/Bicultural Education 0899 M.A.

Bilingual/Bicultural Education Extension

0899 Adv. Cert.

Communication and Educatin

Comparative and International Education 

0899

0899

 Ed.D.

M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ph.D.

Instructional Technology and Media 0899 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

International Educational Development 

Learning Analytics 

0899

0899

M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

M.S.

Neuroscience and Education 0899 M.S.
Teaching and Learning with Technology    0899 Adv. Cert.

Technology Specialist: K-12- Initial Certification

Technology Specialist for Teachers - Initial Certification

0899.03

0899.03

M.A.

M.A.

Bilingual/Bicultural Education- Transitional B  0899.50 M.A.
Biology 7-12- Transitional B 0899.50 M.A.
Chemistry 7-12- Transitional B 0899.50 M.A.

Early Childhood Education: Special Education-Dual Certification- Transitional B

0899.50 M.A.
Earth Science 7-12- Transitional B 0899.50 M.A.

English, Teaching of- Transitional B    

Intellectual Disabilities/Autism-Childhood - Transitional B

Intellectual Disabilities/Autism-Generalist 5-9 - Transitional B

0899.50

0899.50

0899.50

M.A.

M.A.

M.A.

Mathematics Education- Transitional B 0899.50 M.A.
Physics 7-12- Transitional B      0899.50 M.A.
TESOL- Transitional B 0899.50 M.A.

Art and Art Education-Professional Certification

Arts Administration

1002

1099

M.A.

M.A.

Nurse Executive Role (Accelerated Program) 1203.10 M.A.
Nurse Executive Role (Accelerated Program) 1203.10 Ed.D.

Nursing Education: Professorial Role (Accelerated Program)

Nursing Educaiton (Distance Learning)

1203.10

1203.10

M.A.

Ed.D., Adv. Cert.

 

Communication Sciences and Disorders 1220 M.S., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Community Nutrition Education 1306 Ed.M.
Nutrition and Public Health 1306 M.S., Ed.D
Nutrition Education  1306 M.S., Ed.D
English, Teaching of 1501 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.C.T., Ed.D.
English Education 1501 Ph.D.
English, Teaching of- Initial Certification     1501.01 M.A.
English, Teaching of- Professional Certification 1501.01 M.A.

Applied Linguistics

1505

M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

Communication and Education

1506

M.A., Ed.M.

TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

1508 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.
TESOL- Initial Certification 1508 M.A.
     
Mathematics Education- Initial Certification    1701.01 M.A.
Mathematics Education- Professional Certification      1701.01 M.A.,M.S., Ed.M.
Arts Administration  1899 M.A.
Physics 7-12- Initial Certification 1902.01 M.A.

Chemistry 7-12- Initial Certification 

Earth Science 7-12- Initial Certification

1905.01

1917.01

M.A.

M.A.

Clinical Psychology 2003 Ph.D.
Counseling Psychology 2004 Ph.D.
Psychological Counseling 2004 Ed.M.
Mental Health Counseling   2004 Ed.M.

Social-Organizational Psychology

Cooperation and Conflict Resolution

2005

2005

Ph.D.

Adv. Cert.

Measurement and Evaluation 2007 Ed.M., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Psychology-Organizational 2008 M.A.
Developmental Psychology 2009 Ph.D.

Psychology:Developmental

Sexuality, Women and Gender

2009

2099

M.A.

Adv. Cert.

Teaching of Social Studies

Global Competence

2201

2201

M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ph.D.

Adv. Cert.

Social Studies, Teaching of- Initial Certification 2201.01 M.A.
Social Studies, Teaching of- Professional Certification 2201.01 M.A.
Applied Anthropology (In Cooperation with GSAS) 2202 Ph.D.
Anthropology and Education 2202 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Economics and Education 2204 M.A., Ed.M., Ph.D.
Politics and Education 2207 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ph.D.
Sociology and Education 2208 M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D., Ph.D.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Education

Design and Development of Digital Games

4999

5503

M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.

M.A.

*   Ed.D. in Special Education is acquired through these programs.
†   Ph.D. in Special Education is acquired through these programs.
††  Joint M.B.A. offered by Columbia School of Business.
** HEGIS: Higher Education General Information Survey, New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education and the Professions, Cultural Education Center, Room 5B28, Albany, NY 12230; telephone (518) 475-5851.

Inter-University Doctoral Consortium

Teachers College participates in the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium which provides for cross-registration among member institutions. Fully admitted doctoral students after the first year of study in Teachers College may register for courses at the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York, Fordham University, Princeton University, the New School for Social Research, New York University, Rutgers University, and Stony Brook University. Ordinarily, such courses must not be available within Columbia University. Applications are available in the Office of the Registrar, 324 Thorndike. Students cross-registered for courses at another university are subject to the academic regulations of the host university, including the grading system, calendar, and academic honor system. It is the responsibility of the students to familiarize themselves with the pertinent regulations of the host university. Teachers College students pay tuition at the standard Teachers College rate to Teachers College for any such courses they take.

The prefix indicates the department:

  • A&H Arts & Humanities
  • BBS Biobehavioral Studies
  • CCP Counseling & Clinical Psychology
  • C&T Curriculum & Teaching
  • EDP Education Policy and Social Analysis
  • HBS Health & Behavioral Studies
  • HUD Human Development
  • IND Interdepartmental
  • ITS International & Transcultural Studies
  • MST Mathematics, Science & Technology
  • ORL Organization & Leadership

 

The first digit of the course number indicates course level:

  • 4 initial graduate
  • 5 intermediate graduate
  • 6 advanced graduate
  • 7 dissertation seminar
  • 8 dissertation advisement
  • 9 postdoctoral

 

The second digit of the course numbers indicates the type of offering:

  • 0 lecture
  • 1 lecture
  • 2 field work
  • 3 practicum
  • 4 internship
  • 5 seminar
  • 6 colloquium
  • 7 student teaching
  • 8 workshop, work conference, or institute
  • 9 independent study and research

Non Discrimination

Continuing its long-standing policy to support active equality for all persons, Teachers College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws, in the administration of its admissions, employment and educational policies or scholarship, loan, athletic and other school-administered programs. Rather, Teachers College affirms that it admits students and selects employees regardless of their race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws and thereafter accords them all the rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the school.

Students with concerns about the application of civil rights laws (including Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Age Discrimination Act) may wish to speak with Vice Provost Katie Embree, 113 Zankel, (212) 678-3991, Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs Janice Robinson, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-3391, Executive Director for Equity and Section 504 Compliance Officer, Melissa Rooker, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-7508, or Ombuds Officer Erwin Flaxman, 280 Grace Dodge, (212) 678-4169.   Students with Title IX concerns may also contact Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct Riddhi Sandil, 325 Horace Mann, (212) 678-4016.

Faculty and staff with concerns about the application of civil rights laws (including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Age Discrimination Act) may wish to speak with Associate Vice President for Human Resources Randy Glazer, 120 Whittier Hall, (212) 678-3175, Vice Provost Katie Embree, 113 Zankel, (212) 678-3991, Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs Janice Robinson, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-3391, Executive Director for Equity and Section 504 Compliance Officer, Melissa Rooker, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-7508, or Ombuds Officer Erwin Flaxman, 280 Grace Dodge, (212) 678-4169.   Faculty and staff with Title IX concerns may also contact Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D., 325 Horace Mann, (212) 678-4016.

Individuals with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations or information concerning accommodations should contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID), 166 Thorndike, (212) 678-3689 (voice/TTY).

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the TC Title IX Coordinator, Janice Robinson, at (212)-678-3391 or JRobinson@tc.columbia.edu.   Individuals who wish to seek assistance outside of the College community may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (New York Office), (646) 428-3900, OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Pay Transparency. Teachers College will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the College or (c) consistent with the College’s legal duty to furnish information.

Last updated:  June, 2016

Responsible office: VP Diversity & Community Affairs Office

 

College Communication

Teachers College, recognizing the increasing need for electronic communication with students, has established email as an official means of communication with students. In order to ensure effective communication with students, students are required to activate and use the email address provided by the College. Information on how to do that is located at http://www.tc.columbia.edu/computing/divisions/getting-started/students/.

Teachers College expects that every student will receive email at his or her Teachers College email address and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. A student’s failure to receive Teachers College and read College communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications. Students may elect to redirect (auto-forward) email sent to their 

Teachers College email address. Students who (auto-forward) redirect email from their official College email address to another address do so at their own risk. If email is lost as 
a result of forwarding, it does not absolve the student from the responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official University email address. All use of email will 
be consistent with other Teachers College and Columbia University policies including 
the Acceptable Use Policy at www.tc.edu/computing/cu/policy.

 

Information concerning emergencies or school closing is published in several ways:

 

• WINS at 1010 on AM radio;

• WCBS at 880 on AM radio;

• the TC Web homepage at www.tc.edu; and

• the main telephone number, (212) 678-3000.

 

In addition to the communication methods above, emergency notifications are made through public address systems in most campus buildings and through TCAlert. All members of the TC community are strongly encouraged to sign up for TCAlert via the portal at my.tc.edu to receive text or voice messages on their cellphones. Use of this system is limited to urgent messages. The College does not charge for it, although some wireless phone carriers may charge a fee for receiving SMS text messages.

Acceptable Use of Information Technology

The purposes of this policy are to promote and improve the effectiveness of Teachers College computing and communications resources and to support the College community’s norms of scholarly discourse, academic integrity, and fairness.   As an academic community, the College places a special value on free expression of ideas. However, unlawful or inappropriate use of these information technology (IT) resources can infringe upon the rights of others. Accordingly, all members of the College community are expected to use these resources responsibly. Prevention of abuse of the College’s IT resources is important to:

  • promote the appropriate and productive use of the College’s information technology resources, which are a finite, shared resource of the College community;
  • protect individuals from harassment and undue annoyance;
  • prevent waste of the IT resources and obstruction of College activities; and
  • protect the College and its resources

Policy

The information technology resources of the College are part of the Columbia University network; all College users must be familiar with and adhere to the University IT policies found at www.columbia.edu/cu/policy and particularly the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy, policylibrary.columbia.edu/acceptable-use-it-resources-network-and-computing-policy

Use of College information technology resources must also conform with College policies, regardless whether they make explicit reference to electronic or other media. Relevant policies, including those related to professional conduct and protection from harassment, are available in the College’s Policy Library, www.tc.edu/policylibrary.

Students, faculty, staff and others using College and University electronic resources and services assume personal responsibility for their appropriate use and agree to comply with all relevant policies, as well as applicable laws.  College IT resources may not be used for any purpose that violates College or University policies or for any illegal or criminal purpose, including violation of copyright law.    Copying, storing, displaying, or distributing copyrighted material using College or University computers or networks without the express permission of the copyright owner, except as otherwise allowed under the copyright law, is prohibited. Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, repeat copyright infringements by a user of the College’s IT resources can result in termination of the user’s access to those resources.

It is illegal and a violation of College and University policies to attempt to gain access to or use another person’s ID, password or account, or to send an email impersonating another individual, regardless of where the email originates. Sharing of passwords is prohibited and each user is responsible for the proper use of his or her account and any activity conducted with it.

Communication at the College, whether spoken, written or electronic, should be conducted courteously, and with respect for other people’s ideas, privacy, intellectual property, and right to be free from intimidation, harassment, and unwarranted annoyance, including, but not limited to, chain letters, and obscene and other unwelcome messages.

All email and postings should have the name of a person from or for whom it is sent, even if replies are not permitted. Broadcast messages to large lists should have an educational or work-related significance to many members of the group. 

Messages or files that interfere with or impair the computers or activities of other people, including but not limited to viruses, worms and Trojan horses, are forbidden. They violate College and University policies and applicable law. 

Failure to abide by these policies will have consequences that may range from warnings to suspension of email and other computing privileges to dismissal or termination of employment. Conduct that violates College and University policies may also violate federal, state or local law and subject individuals to civil or criminal liability. See Complaints and Discipline regarding IT Policies Complaints about and Discipline for Violation of IT Policies.

Policy on Protection from Harassment

Teachers College Policy on Protection from Harassment
Interim Policy effective October 5, 2015

This Policy has been updated to ensure compliance with current laws, including New York State Education Law section 129-B (effective October 5, 2015). This is an Interim Policy and will be reviewed within Teachers College.

Gender Based Misconduct between students is governed by the Columbia University Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students, sexualrespect.columbia.edu, rather than by this Policy. This Policy contains special procedures for addressing allegations of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking involving members of the Teachers College community not subject to the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students.

Please see www.tc.edu/policylibrary/RESOURCES for information about campus and off-campus resources relating to this Policy.

See full policy here.

Release of Transcripts

The College regards the student’s transcript as a personal and private document; it is released only upon written authorization of the student. Unpaid financial obligations to the College will result in the withholding of student transcript and/or diploma. Teachers College does not duplicate copies of transcripts from other institutions which were submitted in support of the applicant’s application for admission to the College.

Religious Observance

It is the policy of Teachers College to respect its members’ observance of their major religious holidays.  Where academic scheduling conflicts prove unavoidable, students will not be penalized for absences due to religious reasons, and course instructors will work with students on alternative means for satisfying academic requirements.  If students and instructors cannot reach a suitable arrangement, they should consult the appropriate Program Director or Department Chair.  If necessary, students or instructors may take the matter to the Office of the Provost for additional appeal.

Some of the major holidays occurring during the academic year are:  Good Friday, Id al Adha, Id al Fitr, Passover (first two and last two days), Rosh Hashanah, Shemini Atzeret, Shavuoth, Simchat Torah, Succoth (first two days) and Yom Kippur.

Jewish and Islamic holy days begin at sundown of the preceding day.

It should be noted that because of the size of the event and the space available, convocations held at Commencement take place in either Riverside Church or the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The facilities are used in a non-sectarian manner.

The Office of the Provost and Dean of the College requests that faculty members who will miss classes for religious observances notify their Department Chair in advance.  They should also announce missed class sessions on their syllabi. In such cases, faculty members may either make arrangements for another course instructor to cover the missed class or schedule a makeup session at a time convenient to students. 

Updated March 25, 2016

Student Conduct Code: Academic Integrity and General Misconduct

Conduct Standard Defined/Statement of Public Order

Teachers College (TC or the College) expects members of the College community to observe traditional norms of scholarly discourse, academic integrity, and fairness. All members of the College community are expected to exhibit the high level of personal integrity which society must demand of professionals.

Teachers College insists on the greatest degree of freedom of inquiry, teaching, learning, and expression for all of its members. Thus activities which disrupt the regular and essential operation of the College or Columbia University are not permitted.  For matters of gender-based misconduct involving students (listed below under General Misconduct 3.2.4) including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students found at http://sexualrespect.columbia.edu is the Student Conduct Code. 

Students or other members of the College community may charge students with violating these standards. Students found guilty of violating these standards of conduct may be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, ranging from reprimand to disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion.

1. Definitions and Organization of the Disciplinary System

1.1 Student: For purposes of this policy, any person enrolled in a degree program or as a non-degree student at Teachers College is a student. All persons taking courses or participating in activities at TC as students fall under the jurisdiction of the Student Conduct Code. Any alleged infraction that was committed by an individual while that person was a student or on the TC campus may be addressed under this policy. If an accused student is enrolled at another institution, that student may also be referred to his or her primary institution at the discretion of TC. Students accused of misconduct under this Code may be called “respondents.”

1.2 Jurisdiction: This document addresses misconduct committed by students. Students who also serve as TC employees may be subject to separate disciplinary proceedings by virtue of their employment status. TC has other policies that relate to staff and faculty as well as policies (such as the Policy on Protection from Harassment) that apply to all members in this community. Nothing in this Code shall prevent an investigation or discipline under other applicable College policies. 
Accusations of gender-based misconduct subject to the Columbia University Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students will be addressed under that policy rather than this Student Conduct Code.

1.3 Office of the Vice Provost: The Office of the Vice Provost has overall responsibility for overseeing proceedings and all matters related to the enforcement of the College’s Academic Integrity or General Misconduct policies. These responsibilities are carried out by the Vice Provost or designee.

1.3.1 The duties of the Office of the Vice Provost include determining whether complaints warrant referral to the SCC, resolving complaints by voluntary agreements, bringing charges of violations to the SCC for a disciplinary hearing, monitoring and enforcing the fulfillment of sanctions imposed, maintaining records of all disciplinary matters, providing administrative support for all aspects of the disciplinary process (including hearings), preparing reports, and compiling statistics.

1.4 Student Conduct Committee (SCC): The SCC is responsible for hearings related to alleged violations of TC policies by students.

1.4.1 The jurisdiction of the SCC extends to both areas of the TC disciplinary system: Academic Integrity and General Misconduct.

1.4.2 The SCC shall be comprised of three students, three professional staff members, and three faculty members. Its members shall serve staggered three-year terms to ensure continuity as members of the SCC rotate on and off the committee.

1.4.3 SCC hearings are conducted by a three-member panel of the SCC convened by the Office of the Vice Provost.

1.5 Advisors: Advisors can help students involved in disciplinary proceedings to understand the disciplinary process, respect and comply with the provisions of this policy, and deal with all aspects of the process.

1.5.1 An advisor may accompany any complainant, witness, or respondent to, and may participate in any meeting regarding a disciplinary complaint. Advisors also may accompany complainants, respondents, and witnesses to hearings, but may not participate in such hearings. An advisor to a respondent may quietly advise the respondent during the hearing and may also make a brief statement at the conclusion of the hearing.

1.5.2 An advisor must be a TC faculty member, staff member, or student in good academic and disciplinary standing. An attorney may also serve as an advisor but only under the following conditions: (a) the attorney may not speak at or otherwise participate in the hearing but is limited to quietly advising the respondent, (b) the respondent must advise the Office of the Vice Provost in writing, no less than 5 calendar days before the hearing if an attorney will serve as the respondent’s advisor, and (c) the General Counsel or a designee will be present at the hearing to advise the SCC regarding procedural matters. If the respondent or attorney fails to comply with these restrictions, the attorney will not be permitted to attend the hearing.

1.5.3 Generally, a student must select an advisor whose schedule allows attendance at the scheduled hearing dates and times. Delays will not be allowed due to advisor scheduling conflicts.


2. Academic Integrity

2.1 Professional and Ethical Standards: TC is an academic community whose most fundamental purpose is the pursuit of knowledge. High principles of academic integrity are essential to the functioning and continued growth of this community. Students, as well as faculty, are responsible for adhering to these principles, and TC will not tolerate any abuse of academic integrity. Students who intentionally or recklessly submit work either not their own or without clear attribution to the original source, fabricate data or other information, engage in cheating, or misrepresentation of academic records may be subject to charges. Those who violate academic and professional ethics should expect sanctions up to and including dismissal from TC.

2.2 Responsibilities of Community Members: Every member of the TC academic community is responsible for upholding the standards of professionalism and ethics declared in this policy.

2.2.1 If a student is unsure whether actions might constitute a violation of academic integrity, he or she has the responsibility to consult with the instructor in advance about any ambiguities.

2.3 Violations of academic integrity include but are not limited to:

2.3.1 Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized assistance, material, or study aids in examinations or other academic work;

2.3.2 Plagiarism: using the ideas, data, or language of another without specific or proper acknowledgement;

2.3.3 Fabrication: submitting contrived or altered information in any academic exercise, such as making up data, citing nonexistent articles, contriving events and sources of information;

2.3.4 Duplicate submissions: submitting any work submitted to fulfill another assignment without appropriate revision to meet the instructional goals of the current course. In cases of uncertainty or ambiguity, a student should check with his/her instructor;

2.3.5 Misrepresentation of academic records, or attempting to tamper with transcripts or any portion of a student’s academic record;

2.3.6 Facilitating academic dishonesty by knowingly helping another student to violate academic integrity;

2.3.7 Unfair advantage through attempting to gain unauthorized access to examination materials, or obstructing another student’s efforts;

3. General Misconduct

3.1 Any member of the TC or Columbia University community may bring a complaint about student conduct to the attention of the Vice Provost. Doing so in no way limits the complainant’s rights or obligations to bring such matters to the attention of other College offices, officers, or resources, including the Office of the Ombudsman, or to seek recourse outside TC through civil or criminal legal proceedings.

3.2 Violations of general misconduct include but are not limited to:

3.2.1 Obstruction or disruption of teaching, research, administration, TC procedures and activities, or other authorized activities on TC premises, including public service functions on or off the premises.

3.2.2 Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation, stalking, harassment, coercion or other conduct that may endanger the health or safety of members of the TC community. This includes threats of violence against another person, stalking, and physical or verbal intimidation that unreasonably impairs the security or privacy of another person. See also the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students, http://sexualrespect.columbia.edu/

3.2.3 Discriminatory harassment including sexual harassment/gender-based misconduct. Please see the TC Policy on Protection from Harassment, www.tc.edu/policylibrary/Protection_from_Harassment, and the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students, http://sexualrespect.columbia.edu/

3.2.4  Gender-based misconduct, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Please see the TC Policy on Protection from Harassment, www.tc.edu/policylibrary/Protection_from_Harassment, and the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students, http://sexualrespect.columbia.edu.

3.2.5 Unauthorized entry or use of TC facilities or unauthorized possession or use of TC property or property of others.

3.2.6 Disorderly conduct or obscene conduct or expression.

3.2.7 Forgery, alteration, or misuse of TC documents, records, or identification, furnishing false information to TC, or possession of any false identification or identification belonging to another person.

3.2.8 Identity theft: Possessing or using another person’s name, address, Social Security number (SSN), bank or credit card account number, or other identifying information without that person’s knowledge, and with the intent to commit fraud or other crimes.

3.2.9 Theft or other abuse of computer facilities and resources including but not limited to: any violation of College or Columbia University computer use policy, using computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages, or other unauthorized use of computing facilities and resources.

3.2.10 Violations of copyright law by unlawful copying, distributing, sharing, or storing copyright-protected information or material, including but not limited to music, film, and video on the Internet.

3.2.11 The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, unlawful drug paraphernalia, and alcohol, including public intoxication.

3.2.12 Failure to comply with authorized directions of, or furnishing false information to, TC officials or representatives of the SCC acting in performance of their duties.

3.2.13 Failure to engage in responsible social conduct that reflects credit upon TC and to model good civil conduct and citizenship.

3.2.14 Violations of any other TC policy, rule or regulation, or of federal, state or local law.

4. Informal Procedures

4.1 When an issue arises involving the academic integrity or general misconduct of a student, the Student Conduct Code provides informal avenues by which the complaint may be resolved:

4.2 Personal Resolution: It is recommended that a complainant begin by addressing the person against whom the complaint is being made.

4.2.1 Academic Integrity: A faculty member or other instructor who believes that a student has engaged in academic misconduct will apprise the student of the suspected academic misconduct and refer the student to the Student Conduct Code. The instructor shall also provide the student with the opportunity to meet with him or her to discuss the nature and validity of the charges and the possible institutional responses to the charges. If, in discussion with the student, the instructor decides that the violation was unintentional, the instructor and student may agree upon appropriate sanctions.

4.2.2 General Misconduct: In cases of alleged general misconduct, parties are encouraged to pursue personal resolution where appropriate, but a complainant may bypass this or any step if she or he would feel uncomfortable or unsafe taking it. In particular, individuals who believe that they have been threatened or injured are encouraged to seek assistance before pursuing personal resolution. Such an individual may wish to pursue mediation, file a request for a formal resolution, speak with the Vice Provost or visit the Ombuds.

4.3 Mediation:

4.3.1 TC encourages mediation whenever practical and appropriate. Mediation may take place only if the complainant and respondent agree to participate; a matter is resolved through mediation only if all parties agree on a resolution.

4.3.2 Academic Integrity: If, after following the procedure above, a resolution is not reached, the instructor and student may approach the program coordinator (or department chair if the instructor is the program coordinator) following their discussion and decision to move forward with mediation. The program coordinator or department chair may then convene a meeting to discuss possible resolution of the matter. If sanctions are imposed and agreed upon, these should be communicated in writing to the student by the program coordinator or department chair.

4.3.3 General Misconduct: In situations involving alleged general misconduct, any involved party may contact the Office of the Vice Provost with a request for mediation. A representative of the Office of the Vice Provost may then convene a meeting to discuss possible resolution of the matter. If, as part of the mediation, a resolution is agreed to that involved the imposition of sanctions, these will be handled by the Vice Provost.

4.3.4 The parties may, if they agree, ask the Ombuds to mediate a dispute. The Ombuds is independent from the College’s administration and determines the procedures under which he will mediate matters.

5. Formal Procedures

5.1 If attempts at personal resolution or mediation fails or any member of the community wishes to bypass informal procedures and file a formal complaint, the complainant shall notify the Vice Provost in writing. At the Vice Provost’s direction, the Director of Student Affairs will then convene a Hearing Panel from the members of the SCC. The Vice Provost will deliver a statement of the charges being brought, and the Student Conduct Code to the charged student.

5.2 The statement of the charges being brought will identify the reasons for the proposed disciplinary actions with sufficient particularity to insure an opportunity to prepare for the hearing. At least 7 calendar days notice of the hearing will be given to the charged student and to the complainant.

5.3 A hearing may be expedited in appropriate circumstances, including disciplinary matters involving students who have been placed on mandatory temporary suspension or conditional attendance, graduating students, or students who are about to take a leave of absence or to leave campus to study elsewhere. Students who withdraw from TC remain subject to this Code and a hearing.

5.4 The SCC Hearing Panel will be comprised of one student, one professional staff member, and one faculty member, one of whom will serve as chair. The chair is, in consultation with the Vice Provost, responsible for ensuring that the process occurs in a timely fashion. No member of the Hearing Panel who is otherwise interested in the particular case shall sit on the Hearing Panel for that case.

5.5 All members of the TC community are required to cooperate with these policies and procedures. Individuals who are interviewed or called as witnesses (including respondents and complainants) are obligated to provide honest and complete statements during the process.

5.6 Disciplinary hearings are not trials, and they are not governed by rules of procedure, evidence, or judicial formality. They are designed to encourage open discussion among the participants that promotes the Hearing Panel’s understanding of the facts, the individuals involved, the circumstances under which the alleged incident occurred, the nature of the conduct, and the attitudes and experience of those involved. Information, including hearsay evidence, may be considered if it is relevant, not unduly repetitious, and the sort of information on which responsible persons are accustomed to rely upon in the conduct of serious affairs.

5.7 These procedures and standards apply to all hearings:

5.7.1 Participants in the process may be accompanied by advisors as described in the section on advisors above.

5.7.2 No less than three business days prior to the hearing, the parties shall submit to the Vice Provost or designee all documents that they anticipate submitting as evidence and the names and anticipated areas of testimony of any witnesses. The Vice Provost or designee shall provide the materials submitted by each party to the other(s). The Hearing Panel may exclude any evidence that is not submitted in accordance with this provision, but may consider such evidence if the party offering it demonstrates a good reason for failing to provide it in advance of the hearing.

5.7.3 The attendance of the witnesses at the hearing is generally the responsibility of the complainant or respondent. The panel may also call witnesses.

5.7.4 The complainant and the respondent may each make a brief opening statement and a brief closing statement.

5.7.5 All matters upon which the decision may be based must be introduced into evidence at the proceeding. The decision shall be based solely upon such evidence.

5.7.6 The burden of proof rests upon the person bringing the charge. The Hearing Panel will presume a respondent innocent unless proven responsible for a violation by a preponderance of the evidence.

5.7.7 There shall be a single official record, such as a tape recording or transcribed notes, of all hearings. SCC deliberations shall not be recorded. The record shall be the property of TC.

5.7.8 If the accused fails to appear at the hearing, proceedings will continue. Evidence may be presented and considered even if the accused is absent.

5.7.9 After the hearing concludes, the SCC Hearing Panel shall deliberate in private. Upon reaching decisions on the charges and any recommended sanctions, the Hearing Panel will promptly advise the respondent of its decision. The SCC Hearing Panel will then promptly deliver a brief written decision and any recommended sanctions to the Vice Provost.

5.7.10 All decisions of the Hearing Panel require a majority vote.

5.7.11 The Vice Provost will communicate in writing a decision and any sanctions to be
imposed to the respondent.

5.8 A student who wishes to appeal a decision must submit a written appeal, including any evidence supporting the appeal, to the President within 14 calendar days following written notification of the decision from the Vice Provost. The Office of the President will be given access to any evidence submitted at the hearing. After review, the Office of the President will notify the student in writing of its decision, which will be final. The decision on appeal is the final decision of TC.

5.8.1 If the President brought the action against the student, his/her function with respect to that appeal shall be discharged by a full professor who will be selected by lot from professors of that category.
Subject to the special provision for emergency or other extraordinary situations, there shall be no change in the status of the accused until the appeals process is complete.

5.8.2 In an emergency or other extraordinary situation, the President or Provost may take such interim disciplinary action as is necessary to deal appropriately with the situation pending a hearing by the SCC or a decision on appeal, which shall take place as soon as practicable.

6. Disciplinary Sanctions. Disciplinary sanctions may include but are not limited to one or more of the following:

6.1 Reprimand: an admonition and an official written warning, course or grade failure.

6.2 Restitution: repair or replacement of property when loss or damage is part of the offense.

6.3 Restriction: loss of privileges that are consistent with the offense and the rehabilitation of the student.

6.4 Disciplinary probation: placing a student in a probationary status that takes away the privilege of holding office and may also include social restrictions.

6.5 Suspension: dismissal from TC and/or its residence halls for a specified time. Suspension, pending a hearing, may be imposed when there is reason to believe the action is necessary to maintain TC functions or to protect the safety of individuals.

6.6 Expulsion: permanent dismissal from TC and/or its residence halls.

6.7 Revocation: withholding or repealing admission, course credit or a degree award based on fraud or misrepresentation.

6.8 Counseling, evaluation, and treatment programs: in some cases of misconduct, such as those committed under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, participation in an evaluation and/or treatment program by an approved counseling service may be required as a part of a sanction. Such treatment may also be a condition of readmission to TC or a condition for remaining at TC.

7. Disciplinary Records and Confidentiality

7.1 Records of disciplinary proceedings are maintained by the Office of the Vice Provost. No record of the disciplinary proceedings will be entered in the student’s official College file until a final disciplinary sanction is rendered and any appeals are concluded.

7.2 All disciplinary proceedings, the identity of individuals involved in particular disciplinary matters, and all disciplinary files, testimony, and findings are kept confidential to the extent possible.

Columbia University Rules of Conduct  http://www.tc.columbia.edu/policylibrary/Columbia University Rules of Conduct

Columbia University has separate Rules of University Conduct which apply to all those who visit its campus or use its facilities. Violations of these Rules can lead to sanctions including the eradication of permission to visit the Columbia campus or use of its facilities and suspension or dismissal from Columbia courses in which a Teachers College student may be enrolled.

For more information please visit http://www.essential-policies.columbia.edu/university-regulations



Responsible office: Vice Provost 
Last updated: March 2016

Student Psychological Wellness Policy

Responsible Office: Vice Provost.
Last updated November 25, 2015

Introduction
Teachers College seeks to promote student academic progress and personal well-being. We face the reality that suicide is a leading cause of death for college and university students. In addition, suicide, attempted suicide, and suicidal threats may have a significant detrimental effect not only on the involved student, but on others in the campus community.
The College opposes, and strives to eliminate, all forms of personal abuse and violence, whether directed at oneself or others. This Student Psychological Wellness Policy outlines an approach to educate and promote discussion about threats, disruption, self abuse, and violence. It also outlines procedures for crisis intervention and response. All members of the College community are expected to promote a violence-free environment and to observe these policies and procedures.

See the full policy here.

Transcript Notations

The following notations will be placed on transcripts on or after September 1, 2015.

Permanent - remain in perpetuity

  1. “Expelled after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation” – for sexual violence or  another crime reportable under the Clery Act.
  2. “Dean's Hold” - for disciplinary expulsions that do not require the notation above.  
  3. “Readmission subject to academic/administrative review: Academic Scholarship” - for academic dismissal when student receives 8 credits or more of C- or lower.


Temporary

  1. “Suspended after a finding of responsibility for a code of conduct violation” – student has been temporarily suspended for sexual violence or another crime reportable under the Clery Act.
  2. “Disciplinary Suspension” - student has been temporarily suspended for reason(s) that do not require the notation above.
  3. “Academic Suspension” - student has been temporarily suspended for lack of progress to degree.
  4. “Withdrawal with pending disciplinary action” – student withdrew while disciplinary charge for sexual violence or another crime reportable under the Clery Act are pending.  


In the 4 temporary categories, after a two-year period of absence, the student would be withdrawn as "Failed to Graduate," but the temporary category transcript notation would remain.  "Failed to Graduate" would not appear on the transcript.   If the student is allowed to register again at the College, the temporary notation would be removed.

Removal of Temporary Transcript Notations
Students may request removal of a temporary notation by petitioning the Associate Provost.  This request must be in writing and include the rational for the request.  The Associate Provost, or his or her designee, will review the request and provide a written response within 30 days from the date the request was received.  

Revision Note:  Adopted [September 1, 2015] to comply with NYS Education Law 129-B.

Transfer Credit

 

Students may apply for transfer credit upon acceptance at Teachers College.  Transfer credit is based on coursework completed at another institution prior to enrolling at Teachers College that is then applied toward a Teachers College degree.  Previously completed Teachers College coursework is not eligible for transfer credit. Whether previously-completed Teachers College credits or transfer credits may be used towards a particular degree is an academic decision made by a student's advisor outside of the transfer credit process.

Eligibility for transfer credit depends on the student’s Teachers College program:

Program

Maximum possible transfer credits

Master of Arts

None.

Master of Science program requiring fewer than 60 credits

None

Master of Science program requiring 60 credits or more.

30

Doctor of Philosophy

30; 45 for graduate work completed at another Columbia University school.

Doctor of Education

45

Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of an Academic Subject

45

Transfer credit may be awarded only for graduate courses that have been

(1) completed with grades of B or higher,

(2) submitted on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution,

(3) granted/assigned graduate credit on the transcript of that institution, and

(4) completed prior to enrollment at Teachers College. 

 

For educational institutions outside of the United States or Canada, a course-by course evaluation is required.  

 

Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Transfer Credit Coordinator and the student's faculty advisor.

For more information please refer to the "Degree Requirements" section of the Catalog, visit the  transfer credit website , or e-mail the Transfer Credit Coordinator at TCTransfer@tc.edu.

Responsible office:   Enrollment Services

Last updated:  July 5, 2016

 

Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholar Policy

Teachers College (TC) welcomes visitors who do not hold academic appointments at the College to come to TC, for a specific period of time, to facilitate their research and to participate in the activities of the College. To accommodate the needs of these individuals and to recognize their contribution to the intellectual life of the College, TC confers Visiting Scholar status, with limited benefits and privileges, according to the policies and procedures described below.

 

Eligibility for TC Visiting Scholar Status

Visiting Scholars generally hold a doctorate from a regionally accredited higher education institution in the United States or its equivalent in another country, and are on leave from a full-time faculty appointment at the institution where they are employed.  In exceptional cases, a recognized expert in the field may also be nominated for Visiting Scholar status.

Practicing professionals, creative artists, former government officials, international officials (from entities such as the UN), leaders of NGOs, TC doctoral alumni and staff who are engaged in research/teaching of special interest to a Teachers College faculty member and are approved by the College may also be eligible for Visiting Scholar status.   In these cases, the requirement of the doctorate may be waived by the Provost. 

An individual who is not eligible for visiting scholar sponsorship but is currently a doctoral student in an institution outside of the U.S. may apply to the College’s non-degree program. For details, please see the Visiting Doctoral Students Policy at http://www.tc.columbia.edu/policylibrary/vice-provost/visiting-doctoral-students-/

 

Faculty Host

Visiting Scholar status is conferred on behalf of the Provost and Dean of the College by the Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs.

An individual who wishes to be a Visiting Scholar must be recommended by a faculty member in whose academic discipline the scholar has an interest. The faculty host must be in residence during the visiting scholar’s approved period of stay and is responsible for facilitating mutually beneficial interactions between the Visiting Scholar, faculty colleagues and students. Visiting Scholars are encouraged to participate in scholarly presentations at the College and to present a summary report on their experience at Teachers College.

Directors of TC Institutes and members of Senior Staff may also recommend individuals for Visiting Scholar status.

 

Applications

A prospective Visiting Scholar must complete an application, available on the Office of International Affairs website, and submit a faculty host recommendation letter (noting the approval of the department chair), a curriculum vita and a description of research goals.

 

Visiting Scholar Privileges at TC

Visiting Scholar privileges are limited to auditing courses with the permission of the instructor, attending open lectures, a University UNI (for access to electronic resources) and e-mail account, and services at Teachers College libraries. Borrowing privileges at other Columbia University libraries are not included. Information about access to other University libraries may be obtained at the Information Office, 201 Russell.

Individuals may be granted Visiting Scholar status for up to one year. The designation may be renewed for no more than one additional year. "Visiting Scholar" is a courtesy designation and does not signify a formal association with the College. No official records are maintained and no statement of activities is issued.

Visiting Scholars receive a special Teachers College identification card. They are not compensated and are not eligible for College or University health insurance.   Visiting scholars are responsible for arranging their own financial support and insurance.  Visiting Scholars may not be compensated from a Teachers College account or given a TC fellowship, and many not be reimbursed for expenses without prior approval of the Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs.  They may receive honoraria for participating in a conference or giving an occasional lecture if they are citizens or permanent residents or, in the case of non-resident aliens, if they have an appropriate visa and the prior authorization of the Director of the Office of International Services.

Visiting Scholars may not enroll in classes for credit. Prospective visitors wishing to take classes at TC should request an application for non-degree student status from the Office of Admission, www.tc.edu/admissions. Individuals in F-1 or J-1 student status are not granted Visiting Scholar privileges and must be full-time students. Contact the Office of International Services for more information.

 

J-1 Visa Sponsorship for Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals ordinarily need a J-1 (research scholar category) visa to visit Teachers College. Upon receipt of all documentation required by the U.S. government, the Office of International Services will issue a Form DS-2019 to support the J-1 visa application. Federal regulations require that applicants for J-1 status have sufficient funds for the period of stay at Teachers College and meet the medical insurance requirements of the U.S. Department of State. The Visiting Scholars Form DS-2019 Application is available from the Office of International Services. This office can provide additional details on complying with these requirements.

Please note that as of May 15, 2015, prospective Visiting Scholars applying for J-1 visa sponsorship from Teachers College are required to demonstrate English Language proficiency.

All Visiting Scholars on a J1 visa sponsored by TC must check-in with the Office of International Services upon arrival to receive a welcome orientation.  

An individual interested in Visiting Scholar status should contact:

Ms. Christina Joseph

Office of International Affairs

Teachers College, Columbia University
Tel: 212-678-4010 
Fax: 212-678-4133
Email:   joseph@tc.columbia.edu 

 http://www.tc.edu/oia/

 

Please note: Individuals who do not qualify as VS (Visiting Scholars) or a VDS (Visiting Doctoral Students) are not eligible for visa sponsorship from the College.

 

Last updated: March, 2016