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Advanced Certificate in College Advising


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Immerse Yourself in College Advising

As one of five programs focused on training college advisors nationwide, the Teachers College Advanced Certificate in College Advising equips dedicated counselors, educators, and other stakeholders to demystify the college admissions process. The Advanced Certificate program, offered online or in-person at Teachers College’s New York City campus, features a specialized college-advising curriculum that trains culturally competent, diverse, and reflective college counselors who serve as agents of change and social advocates for reducing disparities in higher education.

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Admissions Information

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Advanced Certificate

  • Points/Credits: 12
  • Entry Terms: Spring, Summer, Fall

Application Deadlines

Entry Term AvailablePriority DeadlinesFinal DeadlinesExtended Deadlines
SpringNovember 15, 2023November 15, 2023N/A
SummerMarch 1, 2024March 1, 2024N/A
FallJuly 1, 2024July 1, 2024N/A

Select programs remain open beyond our standard application deadlines, such as those with an extended deadline or those that are rolling (open until June or July). If your program is rolling or has an extended deadline indicated above, applications are reviewed as they are received and on a space-available basis. We recommend you complete your application as soon as possible as these programs can close earlier if full capacity has been met.

Application Requirements

 Requirement
 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
 $75 Application Fee
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

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As one of five programs focused on training college advisors nationwide, the Teachers College Advanced Certificate in College Advising equips dedicated counselors, educators, and other stakeholders to demystify the college admissions process. The Advanced Certificate program, offered online or in-person at Teachers College’s New York City campus, features a specialized college-advising curriculum that trains culturally competent, diverse, and reflective college counselors who serve as agents of change and social advocates for reducing disparities in higher education.

Both the online and in-person degree program options provide the same curriculum and opportunities to study with exemplar faculty at Teachers College who are leaders in the field. The online program includes the added flexibility of an asynchronous format.

Program Coursework

The Advanced Certificate is non-degree and credit-bearing, meaning that students earn 12 graduate-level credits from Teachers College, Columbia University. To earn the certificate, participants must complete:

  • 12 points of specialized curricular requirements which includes 3 required courses (College Admissions Counseling, Career Counseling, The American College Student)

  • For their fourth course, students are welcome to take an elective course from a wide offering of courses in the college. 

Core Courses

The Advanced Certificate has 4 core courses designed to provide students with a robust, in-depth, and experiential understanding of college advisement. These include:

CCPJ 4170: College Admissions Counseling

CCPJ 5062: Career Counseling and Development

Program Approved Elective

ORLH 4040: The American College Student

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