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Philosophy Secondary

Philosophy & Education

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts from all universities you have attended (uploaded into online application)
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Resume
  • Philosophical Writing Sample required only for:
    • Master of Education
    • Doctor of Education
    • Doctor of Philosophy
  • GRE required only for:
    • Doctor of Education
    • Doctor of Philosophy

Additional Requirements

  • A background in philosophy is required for Master of Education, Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy applications.
  • Additionally, an undergraduate major in philosophy is strongly recommended for the Doctor of Philosophy application.
  • We recommend strongly that applicants gain practical teaching experience in schools before they apply for the Doctor of Philosophy; for example, a full two years as a primary or secondary school teacher. Colleges and departments of education are more and more insisting that potential members of their faculty have this practical experience.

Learn More

For more information about applying to Teachers College, Columbia University, please visit the Office of Admissions, email, or call (212) 678-3710.