Teachers College is a graduate institution. In order to be considered for admission:
All applicants must have a conferred baccalaureate degree before applying to 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 Non-Degree Application can be used to apply to one of the following programs:
Applicants to any of the options listed above should select the "Non-Degree" application and appropriate term of entry (e.g. 2020 Fall Non-Degree).
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.
Special instructions and requirements for some programs will be provided once the non-degree application is started.
As part of the application for admission, applicants are required to submit official transcripts reflecting a conferred baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree. Expand the titles below to read more about how to submit documents that meet our requirements.
If you received your baccalaureate degree from an institution in the United States, you are required to have your undergraduate institution send us an official copy of your transcript reflecting the date of conferral.
If your institution provides official electronic transcripts, you may have your transcript issued to email@example.com. Please note that transcripts that are emailed—whether by the institution or the student—are unofficial and will not satisfy your application requirements.
If your institution does not provide official electronic transcripts, please have the institution mail your official paper transcript to the following address:
Office of Admission
Teachers College, Columbia University, BOX 302
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027
Applicants who received their baccalaureate degree at institutions outside the United States that are not regionally accredited institutions as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, must submit a course-by-course evaluation. The evaluations must be prepared and sent by from one of the two providers listed below.
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.
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.
If you received your baccalaureate 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:
Note: Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Applied Linguistics have different English proficiency requirements and policies. Refer to the program's website for details.
In order to officially submit the application you must click "Submit," pay the application fee ($65), and electronically sign the application. Only after these three steps are completed will your application be submitted to the Office of Admission.