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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
  • GRE required only for:
    • Master of Arts - Initial Certification
    • Master of Arts - Professional Certification
    • Master of Arts - Professional Certification (INSTEP Cohort)
    • Master of Arts - Transitional B (Peace Corps Fellows)
  • Phone or In-Person Interview required required only for:
    • Master of Arts - Initial Certification
  • Peace Corps Fellows Supplemental Application required only for:
    • Master of Arts - Transitional B (Peace Corps Fellows) submitted via online application
  • Academic Writing Sample required only for:
    • Master of Education
    • Doctor of Education
    • Doctor of Philosophy

Additional Requirements

  • Applicants seeking Professional Certification must hold Initial Certification.
  • Initial Certification not required for Master of Arts - Professional Certification (INSTEP Cohort) applicants. Applicants to this program seeking professional certification, however, must hold initial certification.
  • Applicants to the Master of Arts programs must have taken at least 21 credits in history by the time they complete the Master of Arts program if they wish to be certified in New York State. Additional coursework is needed in the social sciences (political science, geography, economics, etc.). Those courses that are not listed under a history department, but have substantial history content, may be counted toward the minimum history requirement.
  • Applicants to the Master of Education degree should be aware that the program generally admits students only after several years of teaching or related professional experience and completion of an Master of Arts degree in Social Studies education or an appropriate content field. Admission requirements in terms of undergraduate background are the same as the Master of Arts and the degree does not lead to teacher certification in New York.
  • A Master of Arts degree in an appropriate content field or in Social Studies education and several years of teaching experience are generally required for applicants to the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs. In addition to the Teachers College admission requirements, doctoral applicants must submit a writing sample and recommendations written by persons qualified to address their potential for doctoral-level work. If the applicant will be in or near New York City, an interview is highly recommended. 

Learn More

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