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Registration Procedures

Students seeking course credit must be admitted by the Teachers College Office of Admission. For details, please refer to the section on Admission. Former Teachers College degree students who wish to pursue a degree program and have not been in attendance during the past five years must apply for re-admission in the Admission Office well before the registration dates. Former students who have not been in attendance within the last five years who do not desire degree candidacy should go directly to the Office of the Registrar.

Course registration may be completed online via myTC. Limited in-person registration is available during dates announced in the Academic Calendar.

Teachers College Student Information System

All students are expected to register via the web through the Student Information System on myTC. It is the responsibility of each student to obtain advisement and approval for their course selections from their academic advisor prior to registering. Registering for classes that your advisor has not approved can seriously compromise your ability to fulfill degree requirements and may have unintended financial consequences. Students must also obtain permission from the course instructor for any course listed in the Schedule of Classes that requires instructor approval. Students may connect to the Student Information System through the TC portal myTC. Instructions for registration are available in the Registration Information Section in the Schedule of Classes for each term.

Whenever course enrollment has been entered in the registration system, the student is responsible for payment of the assessed charges unless the student follows the procedures for a change of program as outlined in the Schedule of Classes and in accordance with the dates listed in the Academic Calendar. Failure to attend a course does not constitute an automatic withdrawal. (See section on Changes in Registration and Withdrawal.)

Each registrant is expected to assume a major responsibility in program planning. A careful study of the general degree requirements and maximum point loads outlined in this Catalog, special departmental bulletins, and advisory recommendations should be taken into consideration.

Teachers College students must have written permission of the Registrar before registering in any program or institution outside the College. Additionally, students are not permitted to be enrolled concurrently in two degree programs or schools within the University or the College.

Maximum Point Loads

The number of points (credits), a point being the equivalent of a semester hour that a course carries per term, is given in parentheses following the course title. No more than 9 points may be taken during a summer session and no more than a total of 16 points in the summer term. No more than 18 points may be taken during the fall or spring term; students who hold full-time positions are discouraged from enrolling for programs in excess of 8 points each fall and spring term.

Certification of Part-Time/Full-Time Attendance

Enrollment status certification is based upon the number of points for which a student is registered per term. During the fall, spring and summer terms, “full-time’’ status is accorded to students registered for 12 or more points per term. Students enrolled for fewer than 12 points (0–11 points) are considered “part-time.’’ “Half-time’’ status is based on enrollment of 6–11 points per term. Students registered for fewer than 6 points are accorded “less-than-half-time status.’’ During the summer term, enrollment status is determined by the cumulative number of points in both Session A and B. For “full-time’’ status, students must register for a combined load of at least 12 points, with no more than 9 points in one summer session.  Full-time status is accorded to students registered for CCPJ6460, CCPX6430, HBSK6480, or HBSK5480 as well as students registered for doctoral dissertation advisement (_8900 courses) and Ph.D. Dissertation Defense (TI8900). 

Students taking fewer than 6 or 12 points in a term may be certified as full-time or half-time if they have an approved Certificate of Equivalency (COE) form. A Certificate of Equivalency is only approved when a student is working on an academic activity that is directly related to a student’s degree program.  The form is available from the Office of the Registrar and must be recommended by the student’s advisor and approved by the Registrar. A Certificate of Equivalency is only granted for activities that are directly related to the degree program and satisfy a requirement for the degree program. No student will be certified for full-time, half-time, or part-time status unless he or she is enrolled for that term in some form and, if necessary, has filed a Certificate of Equivalency in the Office of the Registrar during the first two weeks of the term. Doctoral students may check with the Office of the Registrar regarding personal exemption or waivers. Students cannot be certified for future dates of attendance.

Change in Registration and Withdrawal

Notice of any change in your registration, including adding/dropping courses, changes of points in variable point courses, or of total withdrawal from the College, must be given to the Registrar in writing or completed through the online registration system. Instructions for changes in registration and withdrawal through the Student Information System are outlined in the Registration Information section in the Schedule of Classes or may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

The last date for changes in registration is indicated in the Academic Calendar. After this deadline, courses may not be added, but a partial refund of tuition fees for withdrawal from courses may be authorized by the Registrar. Fees are not subject to this reduction. Reduction of tuition based on a sliding scale is calculated from the day the Registrar receives written notice from the student or the withdrawal is processed through the Student Information System. The sliding scale is outlined in the Registration Information section in the Schedule of Classes on the TC-Web for each term.

The deadline for making changes in points in variable-point courses will extend until the class has met four times; dates are indicated in the Academic Calendar.

Courses with special dates must be dropped before the course begins to receive full tuition credit. There is no reduction of tuition for special-date classes once the course begins or for fee-based courses in art, music and dance after the close of the change of program period. Students who have registered for workshops must withdraw from a workshop prior to the beginning of the workshop. No tuition rebates will be granted for a workshop once it has begun.

Students who are deficient in their attendance or who perform their class duties unsatisfactorily may be required at any time to withdraw from a course, upon recommendation by the course instructor to the Registrar; in extreme cases, this may mean withdrawal from the College.

For grading symbols covering withdrawals, see Grades.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

Tuition and fee rates are set annually by the Teachers College Board of Trustees. In the 2017-2018 academic year, tuition for all regular courses is $1,572 per point. Non-credit courses vary in rate, usually depending on the minimum number of points for which the particular course is offered and the special services provided.

Columbia University's tuition is assessed at a per-point or flat rate determined annually by the University's Board of Trustees. Each school's rate may vary.  Check the Office of the Registrar's website for the current tuition rates at Columbia and other affiliates.

Total tuition and fees are determined based on the number of points for which the student has registered. All tuition and fees (registration, service, workshops, and all miscellaneous related expenses) charged are due and payable in full on the opening day of the semester or on the official published deadline date. Registrations submitted after the published due date are due upon registration.

Payment Options

Various forms of payment are accepted for tuition and fees and may be used individually or in combination. Teachers College accepts checks, money orders, and cash. A deferred payment plan, employee tuition exemption, third party billing agreements, and financial aid are also available to finance a Teachers College education. Some restrictions may apply.

eCheck

Tuition can be paid online directly from a personal checking or savings account drawn on a U.S. bank. An eCheck payment will appear on your monthly statement as Teachers College Epayment. There is no fee to pay by eCheck. Online payments can be made by accessing the myTC Portal at: http://my.tc.edu. Returned checks are assessed a return-check fee and subject to collection fees, if necessary. After three returned check payments, no further personal checks will be accepted.

International Wire Transfers

International students may pay their student account using international wire transfers. Students can generate a Western Union international wire transfer payment request on the myTC ePayment site in their home currency, in most cases.

The benefits include:

  • Teachers College and Western Union will not charge a fee for wire transfers.
  • (NOTE: your bank may charge an encounter fee for wire transfer payments)
  • Competitive exchange rates valid for 72 hours.
  • Automated posting of wires to your student account when payments are received.

To learn more visit our http://www.tc.columbia.edu/bursar/payments/international-wire-transfers/

Checks or Money Orders

Must be made payable to Teachers College. These types of payments can either be submitted in person, placed in the drop box, or mailed to the Office of the Bursar: 525 West 120th Street, Box 305, New York, NY 10027. The drop off payment box is located at the door of the Office of the Bursar, Thompson Hall Room # 133. Do not place cash in this box. Please write your student identification number and a valid daytime telephone number on the face of the check or money order. Returned checks are assessed a return-check fee and subject to collection fees, if necessary.

Cash Payments

Must be made in-person at the Office of the Bursar, 133 Thompson Hall. During the academic year, the Office of the Bursar staff is available Monday through Thursday 9:00am until 6:00pm and Friday 9:00am until 5:00pm.  (Please note, during the Summer, the Office of Bursar will close at 5:00pm Monday through Thursday and 3pm on Friday).  For payments that include more than $10,000 in cash, IRS Form 8300 must be completed at the cashier's window.

Online Deferred Payment Plan

Students may choose to participate in the Online Deferred Payment Plan during the fall and spring semesters only (plan is not available for summer sessions). The Online Deferred Payment Plan allows students to spread the term tuition, fees, and housing charges less any aid disbursed, over three equal installments during the semester. An online agreement between the student and Teachers College must be electronically completed on the MyTC Student Information System Portal. A $50 fee is required to participate in the plan and the first installment plus the $50 fee is due at the time the student electronically signs the agreement. Installment dates are listed below:

Fall 2017

    First Installment Due

    September 8, 2017

    Second Installment Due

October 7, 2017

    Third (Final) Installment Due

    November 7, 2017


Spring 2018

    First Installment Due

   January 19, 2018

    Second Installment Due

     February 16, 2018

    Third (Final) Installment Due

March 16, 2018

Failure to remit payment, as scheduled, in the Deferred Payment Plan will result in the assessment of a late payment penalty of 1 1/3 percent on any unpaid balance.

Tuition Exemption—Students employed at the University may be eligible for tuition exemption. Human Resources must authorize tuition exemption forms with a valid HR personnel signature. Authorized Tuition Exemption forms must be submitted in person no later than the last day to add/drop courses for each term. If a student registers late, payments including tuition exemption forms are due at the time of the late registration. Various fees including, but not limited to, course fees, college fees, health service fees, medical insurance, and late registration fees are not covered by tuition exemption. The student should be prepared to remit payment for these fees on the official tuition due date.

Third Party Agreements—Students enrolling under a third party agreement must submit an authorization form to the College for approval each term/semester. A third party is usually an outside agency (not an individual) that agrees to pay all or part of the charges incurred by a particular student. The authorization form must include the student’s name, relevant semester(s), and the total amount of tuition and fee charges that the third party is willing to pay. The form must be signed by an official of the third party agency. A third party agreement between the College and the agency must be completed each term/semester before the start of the term/semester.

Financial Aid—If all required applications and documentation have been filed with the Office of Financial Aid by the required deadline, financial aid awards should be available at the time of registration. Since tuition and all fees are due at the time of in-person registration, late payment penalties will be assessed on any outstanding balance as described under the Late Payment Penalties section of this bulletin. For further information about financial aid, review the section entitled Financial Aid.

Withdrawal from Classes

By registering for classes, a student has entered a legal and binding contract to pay all tuition, fees, and penalties charged by Teachers College.

When a student withdraws from Teachers College or from individual classes, the tuition charges originally assessed may be reduced, based on the date of withdrawal. Failure to attend classes does not constitute an automatic withdrawal; students must withdraw through the Student Information System on myTC Portal or request withdrawal by contacting the Office of the Registrar. Fees are not subject to rebate. The percentage of tuition reduction will be determined according to the withdrawal schedule.


Fall 2017

Withdraw on... Receive tuition credit of...
Before September 20 100%
September 20-22 80%
September 23-29 75%
Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 70%
October 7-13 65%
October 14-20 55%
October 21-27 50%
Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 40%
After November 3 0%

Spring 2018

Withdraw on... Receive tuition credit of...
Before January 31 100%
Jan. 31 - Feb. 2 80%
February 3-9 75%
February 10-16 70%
February 17-23     65%
Feb. 24 - March 2 55%
March 3-9 50%
March 10-16 40%
After March 16 0%

Student Refunds

Proceeds originating from student aid programs in excess of all student account charges (tuition, fees, monthly housing, and other related expenses) will be mailed to the student or electronically deposited (students must enroll for eRefund through the myTC Portal). 

NOTE: Title IV aid can only be credited towards institutional charges. Non-institutional charges such as finance charges, late penalty fees, etc. cannot be paid from your Title IV aid. This may result in a refund being generated leaving an outstanding balance on your account for which you are responsible.

Other Fees

Teachers College Fee, Per Term $448
Teachers College Research Fee $448
Health Service Fee - (Fall/Spring ) $541 /  $541
Medical Insurance Fee - Gold - (Fall/Spring) $1,407 /  $2,289
Medical Insurance Fee - Platinum - (Fall/Spring) $2,048 /  $3,329
One-time Transcript Fee ( charged in first term enrolled ) $35
Application Fee (non-refundable and payable at time of application) $65
Tuition deposit (non-refundable but applicable against tuition assessment) $300
Continuous Doctoral Advisement registration fee $4,716
Ph.D. Oral Defense fee $5,980
Late registration fee $100
Late application fee for conferring of degrees $25
Student identification card replacement fee $20
Late payment fee (flat fee) $50
Late payment (monthly fee) 1- 1/3% (16% annually)
Returned check fee $20
Deferred payment plan fee $50

Fees listed here and elsewhere throughout this catalog are reviewed periodically and are subject to change without prior notice. Additional fees may be added.

Degree Requirements

Owner: Vice Provost for Student Affairs

URL: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/policylibrary/Degree Requirements

Teachers College, Columbia University offers courses of study leading to the following degrees: Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Education (Ed.M.), Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of an Academic Subject (Ed.D.C.T.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). This policy presents an overview of degree requirements, as well as how the College determines that students have met requirements.

1.    Definitions

2.    General Degree Requirements and Graduation

3.    Department- and Program-Specific Requirements

4.    Degree Audit System

 

1. Definitions

Advisor: Member of the instructional staff or faculty who provides academic guidance to students and has authority to recommend students to the Faculty for award of a degree.

Breadth Requirement: The requirement for most master’s programs that students take course work outside of their major programs. Also known as the Foundations Requirement. All M.A., M.S., and Ed.M. students must complete a minimum of 6 points out of program at TC.  The advisor and student will determine how the points can be reached.  

Degree application: The process by which students request that advisors and the Registrar review their academic progress and consider them for the award of a degree on a particular graduation date.

Degree audit: A report that compares individual students’ progress against degree requirements.

Degree audit system: A computerized system that serves as the primary repository of academic requirements for degrees and that generates degree audit reports.

Degree requirement: Any condition that students must meet in order for the Faculty to recommend them for the award of a particular degree. Degree requirements refer to successful completion of any of the following: graduate-credit courses, master’s theses or integrative projects, dissertation proposals, and dissertations. Degree requirements may also include the stipulation that students complete degrees within particular time frames (e.g., the five-year period of candidacy for masters degrees).

Graduate Courses in other University Divisions:   Most Columbia University courses numbered 4000 and above are considered graduate-level courses. However,  4000-level History courses are not considered graduate-level.  Barnard College courses are not graduate courses.

Graduation: The conferral of degrees upon successful completion of all degree requirements. Degrees and certificates are awarded only in October, February, and May. Degrees are formally conferred by the President of the University at the annual Commencement in May.

2. General Degree Requirements and Graduation

The minimum requirements for degrees established by the College and University are given below. Students may not be enrolled concurrently in degree programs in two different institutions; students may not be in two different degree programs or areas of specialization or schools at Teachers College or Columbia University.

2.1. General Residence

For each degree, a candidate must register for and earn a minimum of thirty semester hours of acceptable graduate credits. The candidate must register for course work through Teachers College and remain matriculated in each degree program for at least two academic terms. Living on campus is not required.

The chart below shows minimum residency and point requirements for multiple degrees. It is possible that students will need to take more than the minimum point requirements to earn multiple degrees.  In addition to satisfying residency requirements, a student must meet all general degree requirements for each degree as outlined in this policy and by the academic department. Consult with the Office of the Registrar for more specific information.

 

Minimum Points

Minimum TC Credit

Maximum Transfer Credit

Two Degrees at Teachers College 

M.A./M.S. and M.A./M.S.

60*

60*

0

M.A./M.S. and Ed.M.

60

45

15

Ed.M. and Ed.M.

90

60

30

M.A./M.S. and Ph.D.

75

45

30

M.A./M.S. and Ed.D.

90

45

45

Ed.M. and Ph.D.

75

45

30

Ed.M. and Ed.D.

90

45

45

Three Degrees at Teachers College

M.A./M.S., M.A./M.S., and Ed.M.

90

75

15

M.A./M.S., Ed.M., and Ed.M.

90

90

0

M.A./M.S., M.A./M.S., and Ed.D.

90

75

15

M.A./M.S., M.A./M.S., and Ph.D.

75

75

0

M.A./M.S., Ed.M. and Ph.D.

75

60

15

M.A./M.S., Ed.M. and Ed.D.

90

60

30

Ed.M., Ed.M., and Ed.D.

90

90

0

Four Degrees at Teachers College

M.A./M.S., M.A./M.S., Ed.M., and Ed.D./Ph.D.

120

120

0

M.A./M.S., Ed.M., Ed.M., and Ed.D./or Ph.D.

120

120

0

 

 

 

 

 

* Plus an essay or 32 points without an essay for each degree.

Note: If you received a Professional Diploma from Teachers College, please check with the Registrar for minimum requirements.

2.2. Academic Performance

The Faculty of the College requires that all students maintain acceptable grades as well as satisfactory progress in the completion of degree requirements. Some departments specify an overall minimum grade average (see specific department statements). If satisfactory progress as defined by the department is not maintained, a student may be dismissed from the program. Any department judging a student to be performing below expectations is authorized by the Faculty to require additional coursework as a means to evaluate the student’s continued participation in the degree program or enrollment at the College. A student whose academic performance in coursework or in other requirements is seriously below the level required for successful completion of a degree may be denied permission for continued enrollment at the College on the initiative of the Department in which the student is enrolled. There is no formal appeal from such a decision, but the student may consult with the Ombuds officer.

Any student receiving eight or more points in grades of C- or lower is not permitted to continue registration at the College in any capacity and may not receive a degree or diploma. Petitions for exception to this policy may be submitted, in writing, to the Registrar with a written recommendation from the department in which the student was last enrolled. Such petitions will be submitted to a faculty committee for review and decision.

2.3. Statement on Academic Conduct

Teachers 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.

Decisions regarding academic evaluation in all aspects of students’ work at the College, including coursework, certification examinations, clinical or field experiences, and preparation of dissertations, are within sole jurisdiction of faculty members concerned, including, as appropriate, the department or program staff members. Disciplinary actions (e.g., reprimand, suspension, or dismissal) in cases of academic misconduct can be imposed by the academic program or department as described in the Student Conduct Code, www.tc.edu/policylibrary/student-conduct-code.

2.4. General Candidacy Requirements

Students who have not registered for courses within the last five years and who wish to pursue the completion of a degree must re-apply for admission and be accepted into a degree program. This applies even if they wish to resume a course of study leading to the degree program to which they had originally received admission. Applications for re-admission may be obtained from the Office of Admission. Applications for re-admission follow the same processes and standards as those for initial admission. Students subsequently readmitted to a degree program must meet degree requirements current at the time of re-admission.

All Teachers College programs that offer academic credit are graduate-level programs, and all require completion of a baccalaureate degree prior to attendance at Teachers College.  Students may not enroll in a Teachers College program that offers academic credits until the Office of Admission has received official transcripts indicating a conferred baccalaureate degree or its equivalent. In addition, the Office of Admission must receive official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where a student has earned academic credit prior to the first semester of enrollment. Questions regarding which transcripts are required should be addressed to the Office of Admission. 

2.5.  Requirements for Master’s Degrees (Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education)

In order to pursue requirements for a master’s degree at Teachers College, candidates first must be formally admitted to a master’s degree program by the Office of Admission.

The period of candidacy for the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education is limited to five years. Every candidate for the Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education must complete at least 16 points through Teachers College during the final five-year period prior to the award of the degree so as to meet recency requirements.

A candidate may petition the Registrar for an extension of time for adequate reasons if the student has been in attendance in the degree program within the last five years. In such cases, an extension must be recommended by the major advisor and approved by the Registrar. Upon approval, all current degree requirements including the departmental integrative project must be completed. Candidates may obtain petition forms from the Registrar’s web site: www.tc.edu/registrar .

2.5.1. Master of Arts (M.A.)

The M.A. is granted upon the satisfactory completion of no less than 30 points and a formal essay; 32 points and an departmental integrative project; or 32 points and completion of a departmental comprehensive examination. At least 20 points must be earned in Teachers College courses. The remaining credits must be completed through Teachers College registration, in Teachers College courses or in graduate courses in other University Divisions

The program of study for the M.A. must include a minimum of 12 points in major field courses, the exact requirement to be determined by the program and in consultation with the major advisor. Transfer credit may not be used to meet this minimum.  Students must also meet the breadth requirement: They must complete a minimum of 6 points out of program at TC. Students and their advisors will determine how to meet the 6-credit minimum.   In addition, students must complete a formal essay, comprehensive examination, or integrative project. Electives are chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

Students opting to prepare a formal essay should obtain instructions from the Office of the Registrar. The formal essay must demonstrate the student’s ability to select, organize, and present the results of professional investigation in the major field. The essay may consist of a body of work in a studio or performance area, demonstrating the design, preparation, and presentation of professional works appropriate to the major field. Documentation of such works may include photographs, color slides, TV tapes, film, recordings, or an approved computer software program. An original copy of the formal essay must be submitted to the Registrar no later than the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar.  Approved essays are retained by library; integrative projects are maintained in the major department.

A candidate for an M.A. degree who has already earned an M.A. or M.S. degree at an earlier time must be admitted to the degree by the Office of Admission. Courses and the integrative project, comprehensive examination, or essay completed for the earlier M.A. or M.S. degree may not be applied toward the second. The same minimum point and breadth requirements apply. Consult departmental advisory statements for additional requirements.

2.5.2. Master of Science (M.S.)

The M.S. degree is granted upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 points and a formal essay; 32 points and a departmental integrative special project; or 32 points and a departmental comprehensive examination. At least 20 points must be earned in Teachers College courses. The remaining coursework must be completed, through Teachers College registration, in Teachers College courses or graduate courses in other University Division. 

The program for the M.S. degree must include at least 20 points in science courses and related technical fields. Transfer credit may not be used to meet this minimum.  Students must also meet the breadth requirement: They must complete a minimum of 6 points out of program at TC. Students and their advisors will determine how to meet the 6-credit minimum.  In addition, students must complete a formal essay, comprehensive examination, or an integrative project. Electives are chosen in consultation with the major advisor. Consult departmental advisory statements for additional requirements. 

A candidate for an M.S. degree who has already earned an M.A. or M.S. degree at an earlier time must be admitted to the degree by the Office of Admission. Courses and the integrative project, comprehensive examination, or essay completed for the earlier M.A. or M.S. degree may not be applied toward the second. The same minimum point and breadth requirements apply. Consult departmental advisory statements for additional requirements.

2.5.3. Master of Education (Ed.M.)

The Ed.M. degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 points of graduate work. Thirty points must be completed under the auspices of Teachers College, including 18 points in Teachers College courses. A maximum of 30 points of graduate credit may be transferred from other recognized institutions. Candidates who have completed an M.A. or M.S. degree through Teachers College must register for a minimum of 45 points of the required 60 through Teachers College.

Candidates admitted to Ed.M. degree programs are required to complete the breadth requirement: They must complete a minimum of 6 points out of program at TC. Students and their advisors will determine how to meet the 6-credit minimum.  Equivalent out-of-program courses for which transfer credit has been granted may be substituted for Teachers College courses with the Registrar’s approval of a written petition. A formal essay, departmental comprehensive examination, or special departmental integrative project is also required. Consult departmental advisory statements for additional requirements.

2.5.4. Application for Master’s Degree or Certificate Award

Candidates for the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education, or certificates must file an application to graduate using the College’s degree audit system.

All courses, except those in which students are currently enrolled at the time of graduation application, must be completed before application. Degree applications are specific to particular degree dates, as shown on the Academic Calendar. Students who do not then earn the degree or certificate by the applicable degree date must file a Renewal of Application and pay a renewal fee for reconsideration of the award by a future degree date. See Academic Calendar for due dates.

2.6. Requirements for Doctoral Degrees (Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy)

Teachers College offers programs of study leading to the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The Office of the Registrar provides general information, administrative advice, and service to doctoral students and assists the doctoral committees in their supervision of candidates’ work. Requirements outlined below are described in further detail in the doctoral bulletins prepared for each degree type. Each student should obtain the appropriate bulletin through the Registrar’s Office website. Each student is responsible for fulfilling the stated requirements. Prospective doctoral students should consult a faculty advisor concerning programs offered, the degree most appropriate for specific goals, any departmental requirements for admission and programs of study, and application deadlines.

2.6.1. Doctor of Education (Ed.D./Ed.D.C.T.)

The Ed.D. degree emphasizes broad preparation for advanced professional responsibilities through a program of extensive study in a specialized branch of the field of education or area of instruction. The minimum requirements include satisfactory completion of a planned program of 90 points of graduate coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree (at least 45 points of which must be taken through Teachers College registration); satisfactory performance on a departmental certification examination; and the preparation and defense of a dissertation.  Some fields of study have additional requirements; consult departmental statements or faculty advisors.

Special programs for persons preparing for college teaching of an academic subject (Ed.D.C.T.) are offered in several departments. The programs emphasize broad preparation in the candidate’s major field, specialized competence in a limited area within that field, and an understanding of the broader problems of education, especially at the college level. The minimum requirements are the same as those for the Ed.D, but some fields of specialization have additional requirements such as an examination in a foreign language or in mathematical statistics. Consult departmental statements or faculty advisors.

Ed.D. candidates must be in continuous enrollment for a minimum of 3 Teachers College points or the dissertation advisement course in each fall and spring term following departmental recommendation for certification or approval of the dissertation proposal in a departmental hearing, whichever comes first. The obligation to register continuously ends after the dissertation has received final approval.

2.6.2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Ph.D. degree emphasizes research and intensive specialization in a field of scholarship. Under an agreement with Columbia University, Teachers College offers programs leading to the Ph.D. degree in designated fields in which the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences does not offer programs, namely in education, including education in the substantive disciplines and certain applied areas of psychology.

The minimum requirements for the Ph.D. include submission of a program plan of study and satisfactory completion of a planned program of 75 graduate points beyond the baccalaureate; satisfactory performance on foreign language examinations (for certain programs) and on a departmental certification examination; and preparation and defense of a research dissertation. Some fields of specialization have additional requirements; consult departmental statements or faculty advisors.  A maximum of 30 points of relevant courses at other recognized graduate schools or 45 points in another Faculty of Columbia University may be accepted toward the minimum point requirement. Each degree candidate must satisfy departmental requirements for the award of the M.Phil. degree prior to continuing in the Ph.D. program. A Ph.D. candidate must complete all requirements for the degree in not more than seven years or six years for those who have received an applicable master’s degree or 30 points of advanced standing. Degree requirements are specified in the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Bulletin, available on the Office of the Registrar website.

Continuous Registration Requirement for Ph.D. Programs: Ph.D. candidates must register continuously each fall and spring term until all degree requirements are met unless granted a leave of absence. In addition, following enrollment in the department’s designated dissertation seminar course(s) or following the term in which the dissertation proposal was approved, whichever comes first, candidates must fulfill the continuous registration requirement by registering for doctoral dissertation advisement each fall and spring term. Finally, registration for TI 8900, Dissertation Defense: Ph.D., is required for the term in which the oral defense is held. The obligation to register for dissertation advisement ends after the dissertation has received final approval.

A candidate who expects to interrupt study for any reason should consult the Office of the Registrar so as to avoid the risk of severing connection with the program.

3. Department- and Program-Specific Degree Requirements

In addition to College-wide requirements, TC academic departments and programs have specific requirements for students at each degree level. These requirements can include certain courses, examinations, essays, or projects that apply only to students in particular major fields. These requirements may exceed but may not fall short of the minimum College-wide requirements described in this policy.  Students must meet all relevant department and program requirements.

4. Degree Audit System

The College’s degree audit system serves as the official repository of degree requirements. The Registrar’s Office will maintain this system based on information in the online academic catalog and departmental program guides. Proposed changes to program- or department-specific requirements must be initiated by members of the faculty and approved by the respective academic department before the Registrar updates the system. Depending on the proposed change, faculty sponsors may need FEC-APS and/or New York State Department of Education approval before the College can make the change.

Advisors and the Registrar’s Office will use the degree audit system to certify completion of degree requirements. Requests for exceptions to these requirements must be initiated by members of program faculty.

Responsible Office: Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Effective Date:

Last Updated: September 2017