About the Application Process
When completing the Application, select the program and term for which you plan to apply. We encourage applicants to review program deadlines and requirements on your program website and the Programs Search page prior to applying. 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.
The Statement of Purpose should be 2-3 pages in length, double-spaced. It 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 program of interest.
The resume should be a chronological listing of your employment history, educational history, academic endeavors, and other significant activities.
We strongly encourage applicants to have letters of recommendation submitted electronically through our Application. Applicants should request letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak from personal knowledge on their academic or professional qualifications for graduate study. Whenever possible, recommendations should be written by academic sources. If you have been out of school for a number of years, professional recommendations may be used in most cases. Recommendations written by family members or friends are not appropriate for the purposes of this application.
Please note, some programs may require three letters of recommendation. Consult your program website and the Programs Search page for more information. All letters of recommendation should be uploaded using professional letterhead and the recommender's professional email address.
In order for your application to be considered complete and eligible for review, letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline, along with all other required application materials.
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. If you attended an institution in the United States or Canada, you have the option to upload a scanned copy of your transcript to allow for faster application processing. This must be a scanned or electronic copy of a transcript obtained directly from the Office of the Registrar at the issuing institution. Transcripts downloaded from a student portal are not acceptable for admission review.
Uploaded transcripts should include the following information:
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 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 or Canada that are not regionally accredited institutions as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education are required to submit a course-by-course translation and evaluation. The evaluations should be sent from one of the two providers listed below.
Please note this does not pertain to students from the United States and Canada 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.
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.
Please consult your program website and the Programs Search page to see if your program requires supplemental materials. Examples of supplemental materials include:
Third Letter of Recommendation: A third letter of recommendation can also be included on the recommendation section of the online application.
Academic Writing Sample: If required, this should also be uploaded with the online application. It should be a 10-15 page academic writing sample 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, undergraduate or graduate thesis, research paper, or literature review. If your writing sample exceeds 15 pages, please select an excerpt.
Standardized Tests: If required, all test scores must be official scores sent directly from the test administrator to the Office of Admission and must be received by the deadline. For the GRE, TOEFL, or other tests administered by Educational Testing Services (ETS), the assigned institution code for Teachers College is 2905.
GRE: Only scores from exams taken within the last 5 years are valid.
TOEFL and IELTS: 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 an accepted English proficiency exam. We accept the TOEFL and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The English proficiency exam is required regardless of where you received a graduate degree (if any).
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. Please note, it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the Office of Admission receives all required materials by the application deadline. Our deadlines are in-house deadlines. 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. All records submitted in support of an application for admission become part of a student's permanent record at Teachers College.
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