1898

James Earl Russell teaches the first course in foreign school systems, launching the field of comparative and international education and allowing students to learn from other cultures and educational models.

1933

Southern states offer out-of-state scholarships for black college graduates, so TC becomes the premier destination for black educators seeking a master’s degree.

1952

Shirley Chisholm graduates from TC and goes on to become the first African American woman elected to Congress and the first to make a major party Presidential nomination.

1973

Professor Edmund W. Gordon founds the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.

1997

The Heritage School, founded by TC Art and Art Education Professor Judith Burton, opens in East Harlem with support from TC Trustee Joyce Berger Cowin. The Heritage School is a community-based institution committed to celebrating the culture of its students and incorporating those cultures into instruction.

2005

TC launches the Campaign for Educational Equity that champions the right of all children to attain meaningful educational opportunity and works to define and secure the full range of resources and services necessary.

2007

TC helps Jordan improve its public schools and host Jordanian teachers in its summer certificate program in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

2012

The Sexuality, Women, and Gender Project is created to implement the next wave of theories and practices for these research areas, working both on campus and with external partners.

2014

TC partners with the Tyler Clementi Foundation to offer a scholarship to a TC student pursuing a career that supports LGBTQ populations in the fields of health, education, or psychology.

2014

Teachers College offers three full scholarships to graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities who will pursue a master’s degree.