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Teacher Education at Teachers College

Initial Teacher Preparation

Applied Behavior Analysis

Our teacher preparation program is devoted to the practices of teaching as a science. We believe that education should be first driven by the needs of students and families in terms of their contribution and access to habilitative lifestyles through the application of the basic and applied sciences of behavior.

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Art and Art Education

At Teachers College Columbia University we approach art and art education and the practices and theories that inform it in an integrated, research-oriented and imaginative way. Positioned within Teachers College, one of the leading schools of education in the world, the Program in Art and Art Education has made a significant contribution to the field both nationally and internationally.

Teachers College has a lively and dynamic theory-practice-research culture. All faculty are educators and artists with significant publication-exhibition profiles, actively involved in research as well as teaching. 

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Bilingual/Bicultural Education

In our increasingly diverse world, the study of multiple languages and in multiple languages is in high demand. The Program in Bilingual/Bicultural Education acknowledges the need to provide students with a foundation for understanding and working with bilingual learners in diverse educational settings. Our program specializes in education that privileges language minority student populations in the U.S. and in the world.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The Program in the Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Teachers College, Columbia University is one of the oldest teacher education programs in the country.  It provides an intensive study of the educational issues of individuals who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing from the perspectives of psychology, anthropology, linguistics, child development, and pedagogy with the aim of preparing teachers who will address the educational and literacy needs of these youngsters. We serve and prepare individuals for work with children who possess a wide range of hearing losses in classes using diverse communication systems.  

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Early Childhood Education

Students are prepared to teach in diverse and inclusive environments, including homes, schools, and other community settings, which serve children from birth to age 8 and their families. Child-centered and culturally sensitive practices are emphasized throughout the program, focusing on the need for multiple methods of instruction to accommodate a broad range of learners. Through a curriculum that integrates general and special early childhood education content, we aim to enable our initial certification students to become outstanding early childhood teachers, decision makers, and intellectual and ethical leaders.

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Elementary Inclusive Education

The Preservice Program in Elementary Inclusive Education is both a graduate program and a professional course of study. This rigorous academic program is designed primarily for those who have no (or minimal) formal preparation or coursework in education and are beginning their study of teaching. The program leads to an M.A. degree and New York State teacher certification. Upon completion of the program, graduates can also apply for teacher certification in states other than New York, and many secure teaching positions elsewhere in the U.S. as well as internationally.

There are two main components to the program: course work and student teaching. All M.A. students have a five-year candidacy period in which to complete their degree program.

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Gifted Education

Students who are interested in gifted education have two options on the M.A. level at Teachers College.

Those with no background in education can obtain the extension in gifted education as well as certification as an elementary school teacher through the Elementary Inclusive Education Program with the gifted extension (ELGF-DUAL).

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Intellectual Disability/Autism

Our programs prepare students to work with individuals with disabilities across a range of contexts. We offer MA and MEd programs in Intellectual Disability/Autism leading to special education certification for teachers of students with and without disabilities in a variety of public and private classroom settings (e.g., general education classrooms, integrated co-teaching (ICT) classrooms, self-contained classrooms, and special schools) across early childhood, childhood, and adolescence. We also offer an MA in Severe/Multiple disabilities for current special educators, and an MA in Guidance and Habilitation for those seeking a non-teacher certification interdisciplinary program focused on the study of individuals with developmental disabilities. At the doctoral level, we offer EdD and PhD programs. Across all of our programs, we offer specialized preparation for working with individuals Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Intellectual Disability.

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Literacy Specialist

The Literacy Specialist M.A. program leads to New York State certification in Teaching Literacy and prepares students to assume leadership roles in literacy education.

Students in the 32 point program are immersed in an intense study of practice, theory, and research. They investigate individual and group literacy learning, teacher development, community partnerships, institutional change, and other contemporary and political issues facing literacy education. Participants’ own literacy work plays an important role in their course work. Students write creatively as well as professionally, participate in reading clubs, and keep portfolios of their reading and writing development.

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Mathematics Education

Over its long and distinguished history, the Program in Mathematics Education has stressed the preparation of leaders in education. These leaders are successful scholars in their discipline, as well as educators. Faculty and staff are committed to leadership training through a variety of courses, workshops, and research experiences, domestic and through international study offerings. Many of the local learning experiences are performed in collaboration with private, public, and parochial schools in the tri-state metropolitan region.

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Music and Music Education

Welcome to the program in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country. This rich heritage and legacy provides a foundation upon which current faculty and students engage with contemporary issues in music education, especially those associated within our urban setting.

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Physical Education

The Movement Science and Education/Kinesiology program at Teachers College, Columbia University has a long tradition of excellence. We were the first program in the United States to offer both the master's and doctoral degree in this field and for over a century have been a leader in graduate education.  Since the inception of Teachers College as a premiere graduate school of education, psychology and health, we have been a pioneer in research and application related to physical education, exercise and physical activity. Our doctoral programs in Movement Sciences and Education and Kinesiology are among the best in the nation. The program offers four specializations: Applied (Exercise) Physiology, Motor Learning and Control, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Education.

We are very unique in that we approach the study of movement from a multi-disciplinary perspective. There is an emphasis on the scientific and theoretical core of physiology, behavioral science, neural bases of movement control, pedagogy. The program’s focus is on the practical applications of science and theory in the laboratory, clinic, school and community.

Today we continue to excel in graduate education and research in the sub-disciplines of Kinesiology, including Applied (Exercise) Physiology, Motor Learning and Control, Physical Education and Occupational Therapy.

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Science Education

The Science Education Program at Teachers College was one of the first in the nation 
to encompass both professional teacher education and a research-based doctoral program that prepares leaders for science education roles in pre-college and higher education. The guiding principle for our program offerings is that professional science educators should be thoroughly educated in their content discipline and bring modern theories of learning and education to bear on their scholarship as professional teachers and in their research for 
the doctoral degree.

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Welcome to the Applied Linguistics (AL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. The AL and TESOL program is interested in questions related to the nature of language as a biological, physical, or psychological phenomenon, as well as to questions concerning how language is used by native speakers and language learners as an interactional, social, or cultural phenomenon. The AL and TESOL program is also deeply concerned with how first and second languages are learned, taught, and assessed in a wide range of real-world or laboratory contexts. 

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Teaching of English

Welcome to the Program in English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Our website will introduce you to the eight different degree tracks that are sponsored by our Program. These tracks cover three different doctoral degree sub-programs and five different masters degree sub-programs. While each of our degree sub-programs overlaps significantly with others, each one also has unique features in the learning opportunities it affords its students and in the students whose needs it serves.

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Teaching of Social Studies

Welcome to the program in Social Studies Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, one of the oldest and most distinguished programs of its kind in the country. We live in challenging times. Problems on the near horizon, including global climate change, mass violence, deteriorating social welfare, and human rights violations can lead to cynicism and social decline. Yet we paradoxically live in a time of hope and opportunity as the rise of social media foils the despotic reach of governments, new technologies create space for robust public discourse, and education stands front and center as the last great hope of humanity's aim to live peaceably, sustainably and humanely. Social educators are crucial contributors in helping shape this uncertain future. 

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)

Technology Specialist

Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design (CMLTD) Program provides a cluster of degree programs for students seeking to develop leadership capacities in the use of information and communication technologies in education and society. The program applies to all subject areas and serves students, staff, and faculty members who share a commitment as educators to use digital technologies to improve education at all levels.

Related Links

FYI  - NYSED - Types of Certificates

  • The New York State Education Department (NYSED) TEACH online system should be used to verify certification status.
  • Click HERE for more information regarding types of certificates.
  • New Exams for Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Released in 2012.
    Click HERE for more information.
  • Students in an education program leading to Initial or Professional Teacher certification program completion at Teachers College, Columbia University, are eligible for NYS- teacher certification recommendation, upon satisfactory completion of all NYSED requirements listed below and degree conferral:

    • NYSED “GENERAL-Core Liberal Arts and Sciences” Pre-requisites (see below)--Contact OTE via email: OTE@tc.edu
       
      • Pre-K (Birth-2), Elementary (1-6), Middle School (5-9) & Generalist (7-12) Level: 6 credits (each) in:
        • Math (courses, taken under “MATH” Dept. ONLY)
        • Science (courses taken under “SCIENCE” Dept. ONLY)
        • English
        • History
        • Foreign Language (NOTE: 3 cr required ONLY)