Advanced Certificate Programs

Advanced Certificate Application Instructions

Teachers College is a graduate institution. In order to be considered for admission to an Advanced Certificate program:

All applicants must have a conferred baccalaureate degree before matriculating at Teachers College.  

When an application account is created, applicants will have the option to select one of the following application options: Degree, Advanced Certificate, Non-Degree, or Non-Credit. The Advanced Certificate application can be used to apply to one of the programs listed here.

Applicants should select the Advanced Certificate option and the appropriate term of entry (e.g. 2020 Fall Advanced Certificate).

Please note:

  • Advanced Certificate admission does not guarantee future admission as a degree student.
  • Financial aid, housing, academic advisement, and student visa sponsorship are not available to Advanced Certificate students.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the Office of Admission receives all required materials. An application status page is provided after an application is submitted to monitor pending application materials. Under no circumstances can any application materials submitted to the Office of Admission be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another college, university, or place of business.

STEP 1 - Complete Online Application Form

When completing the application, use a single email address that will not expire before your desired term of entry, as it will be used for all correspondence from the Office of Admission.

In addition to collecting your personal information, the online application form will also serve as the portal to submit the application requirements below. Expand the titles below to learn more about preparing these important required documents.

Your Statement of Purpose should describe your academic and professional background, plans for graduate school, your professional goals, and how and why you are a good fit for the program. It should be tailored to Teachers College and your specific Advanced Certificate program of interest.

Some programs require supplemental materials, such as a letter of recommendation, a writing sample, or additional questions specific to the course of study. Search for your intended program below to see what materials are required.

STEP 2 - Submit Transcripts

As part of the application for admission, applicants are required to submit transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate coursework they have completed. This includes any study-abroad programs or transfer credit not reflected on your undergraduate transcripts with full course titles and final grades. Expand the titles below to read more about how to submit documents that meet our requirements.

Because we are operating remotely, we are experiencing delays in processing transcripts that have been mailed to our office. If you have attended an institution that offers official e-transcript delivery, please utilize that option.

If you attended an institution in the United States, you have the option to upload a scanned copy of your transcript—through your online application—to allow for faster application processing. This should be a scanned or electronic copy of a transcript obtained directly from the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution. Both your name and the name of the institution should be clearly visible.

Uploaded transcripts should include the following information:

  • Courses
  • Credits
  • Grades - including transfer and study abroad coursework
  • Key or Legend of grades - usually the reverse side of a paper transcript

Transcripts uploaded by the applicant are considered unofficial. This feature is offered in order to save you time and ensure that a record of your academic progress is included with your submitted application. It eliminates the need to have transcripts mailed to us during the initial processing and review of your application, and precludes any delays resulting from the non-receipt of a transcript.

Only if you are admitted to Teachers College and choose to enroll will you be required to have official transcripts submitted by all academic institutions listed on your application. Your offer of admission will be contingent upon the receipt and verification of these official transcripts, which must be submitted directly by the Office of the Registrar (or equivalent office) of their issuing institutions. Teachers College reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if there is a discrepancy between the uploaded version/evaluation and the official original transcript(s).

Applicants who have completed, or are completing, undergraduate and/or graduate degrees at institutions outside of the United States are required to submit a course-by-course translation and evaluation. The evaluations must be prepared and sent by one of the two providers listed below.

Please note this does not pertain to students from the United States spending a semester or year abroad, often referred to as "study abroad."

Teachers College will accept evaluations from the following organizations:

These organizations provide several types of evaluations. Please select the course-by-course evaluation option to ensure your evaluation meets our requirements for admission review. To have your evaluation sent to Teachers College, select "Teachers College - Columbia University" (for WES) and "Teachers College, Columbia University" (for ECE). Evaluations sent to Columbia University will not be received by Teachers College.

Applications are not considered complete without a course-by-course evaluation. The determination of degree equivalency to a U.S. degree is at the discretion of the College. Once submitted to Teachers College, the evaluation becomes an official academic record and sole property of Teachers College upon its receipt.

STEP 3 - Submit Proof of English Proficiency (If Required)

If you received your baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from an institution where English is not the sole official language of instruction, you must submit official scores from one of the below accepted English proficiency exams. Please note that an English proficiency test is required, regardless of where you received a graduate degree (if any).

In order to be considered official, scores must be sent directly from the testing administrator and have been taken within the past 2 years. 

The accepted tests and minimum scores are:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum score requirement: 100 internet-based test (IBT) or 600 paper-based test (PBT)
    Teachers College institution code: 2905
  • IELTS English Language Test - Minimum score requirement: 7.0

STEP 4 - Submit Application and Application Fee

In order to officially submit the application you must complete the signature section of the online degree application and then select "Submit Application." You will then be prompted to submit the non-refundable $65 application fee. Applicants may only apply to one program at a time. 

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