Prospective Students | Nursing Education | Health & Behavior Studies

Skip to content Skip to main navigation
Teachers College, Columbia University
Printer-friendly Version
Teachers College, Columbia University Logo

Nursing Education

In the Department of Health & Behavior Studies

Application Requirements

In addition to the standard college admission requirements and materials, the following requirements and materials are required for application to the Ed.D. Program in Nursing Education. 

1.  Registered nurse with evidence of licensure

2.  Master’s Degree and transcripts related to the degree  

3.  Resume showing evidence of clinical experience either through specialty Master’s preparation or through clinical experience in nursing. Include titles and other citation information for publications and presentations, if any.

4.  Statement of Purpose (which can be 5-6 pages in length), using each of the following as a numbered heading and addressing each item in paragraph form under the appropriate heading:

  1. Clinical and Teaching Experience

Describe your clinical nursing experiences; then describe your teaching experience in academic, professional development, and/or clinical settings.

  1. Interest in Nursing Education

Discuss your interest in nursing education and why you chose this specialty area.

  1. Research Experience and Interests

Describe any experience you have with research and statistical methods; then discuss the research in nursing education you would like to pursue.

  1. Future Plans

Describe where you see yourself professionally in 10 years.

  1. Qualifications for the Program

Explain why you are an exceptional candidate for this program including an example of how you have collaborated in academic or clinical settings. Address your experience in online learning.

 5.  Academic writing sample

Upload academic writing sample under Statement of Purpose in the online application. This is an excerpt or section from an academic writing sample (maximum 8 pages plus references) that demonstrates your scholarly thinking, writing skills, ability to do research, and ability to synthesize information.  Examples of appropriate writing samples include, but are not limited to, graduate thesis, research paper, or literature review.  

6.  Optional: Graduate Record Examination

Although the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, if you have taken this examination, we welcome you to submit your scores. Admission decisions are not based on GRE scores, but they help with advisement.

7. Letters of Recommendation

To make your application stronger, we recommend one of your recommendations come from a faculty member or other educator who has supervised you in a student role.


  • Apply
  • Request Info