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Neuroscience and Education

Neuroscience and Education

In the Department of Biobehavioral Sciences

Degree Information & Requirements

The MS in Neuroscience and Education degree requires 32 graduate degree credits at Columbia University, of which 20 must be taken at Teachers College (i.e., you can take up to 12 of your credits at other locations in the university such as Columbia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), Barnard College, Columbia Medical School (College of Physicians and Surgeons) etc.) Please note that requirements may overlap, and individual courses may satisfy multiple requirements:

A. Core Requirements: At least 20 credits of courses in Neurosciences and data analysis. These are primarily offered in the Neuroscience and Education program (BBSN prefix).

In the first Fall Term students should take BBSN 4001 Foundations of Neuroscience I: Anatomy and Physiology, and BBSN 4002 Foundations II: Systems Neuroscience.  These courses will be offered twice a week for the first and second half of the term, respectively. In addition, students should take the Proseminar in Neuroscience (BBSN 5575), andNeuroscience Methods (BBSN 4005).

In the Spring Term, Students should take BBSN 4000, Cognitive Neuroscience and BBSN 5044, Current Issues in Neuroscience and Education. Students with very strong preparation in neuroscience may test out of some of the foundation courses, but it is expected that students will take this sequence regardless of their previous training.

Students entering the program in the Spring or Summer Term should take breadth and methods courses, and begin the foundational sequence in their first Fall Term.

B.  At least 9 credits in Methods and Data Analysis.  Some courses may overlap with the requirements in A. Previous undergraduate or graduate coursework in this area may be petitioned to fulfill these requirements, but credits cannot be transferred from other institutions.  Please consult your advisor if you wish to fulfill requirements in this way. Courses for this component can include BBSN 4005 Research Methods in Neuroscience. Other courses that satisfy this component include methods courses involving EEG, fMRI, neuropsychological testing, eye tracking (see course listing below.) In addition, statistics courses offered in the measurement program (HUDM) would satisfy this requirement.

C. Breadth Courses: At least 6 credits of breadth courses outside of BBSN.  Most out of program courses (i.e., non BBSN) qualify for this requirement, and students should consider more than the minimum 6 credits to combine a content area with their neuroscience training. Teachers College presently requires that 2 breadth courses must be taken at Teachers College outside of BBSN although courses in BBS (department- wide), BBSQ (Communication Sciences & Disorders), BBSR (Movement Science) may count.

D. The Thesis is required to be completed by all students before graduation.  This is a journal-style article in APA format that either reports on research conducted during training or is a review article that consists of an integrated analysis of an area of focus. Review articles should be proposing a hypothesis or point of view in the analysis, and should not just be a listing or previous research in the area.  The thesis may also include research proposals for specific experiments to address questions raised in the analysis. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in BBSN 5199 Capstone and Thesis in their final Spring Term.  This course provides guidance and feedback in the development and writing of the thesis. Students who are receiving guidance from other faculty members that they are working with do not need to take this course.

E.  BBSN 4904 Practicum is strongly recommended for all students, especially those pursuing a research/scientific approach to their studies.  Typically this consists of working/volunteering in a research lab or treatment center in the city.  Such experiences can be very rewarding and are extremely useful for future employment and can often lead to publications if the student is highly engaged in a lab project. Students who are engaged in practicum should register for the practicum for 0-3 points.  A zero-point enrollment allows the student to get credit for participation without paying tuition.


Undergraduate courses generally cannot count toward the graduate degree (see not above.) Courses that do not fulfill the program aims of connecting neuroscience to a content area may not count toward the degree.  Also, courses that offer non-traditional or alternative approaches to neuroscience may not be allowed to count toward your degree if they are not considered to be scientifically rigorous.  Students should consult their advisor if in doubt. 

Please note that to remain in good standing, students are expected to obtain a grade of B or better in the intro-level courses in neuroscience (Foundations I and II, and Cognitive Neuroscience). Students who fail to obtain a B grade in these courses will be required to repeat them. Advanced students may take Neuroscience courses outside of TC upon approval Websites for Registration and Course Selection 

Teachers College
Biobehavioral Sciences, Human Development & Other Departments Based on Specialization

Columbia University
Directory of Classes

Columbia University GSAS
Graduate Program in Psychology

Note: Only 4000 level (graduate) classes and above

College of Physicians & Surgeons
Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Behavior

Note: Special Registration Required, Classes on Different Schedule than TC

mic Progress Audit

The college maintains an audit system that tracks your progress in courses.  This audit can be accessed through the myTC portal. Please check on this regularly and look for courses that are not properly applied for the program requirements.  You can fix some of these issues by moving courses into their appropriate category. If not, check with your advisor for help.

ilable courses for program requirements:

** Required for all students
*   Required for students in first term unless substituted by previous coursework 




BBSN 5575

**Proseminar in Neuroscience and Education

BBSN 4001

*Foundations of Neuroscience I: Anatomy and Physiology

BBSN 4002

*Foundations of Neuroscience II: Systems Neuroscience

BBSN 4005

*Neuroscience Methods

BBSN 5007

#Neuroscience Applications to Education

BBSN 5122

^Psychoneuroimmunology & Education OFFERED SUMMER B 2016, NOT FALL 2016

BBSN 5005

Evaluation of Neuropsychological Instruments for Research

BBSN 5199

#Neuroscience of Reading

BBSN 4904

Practicum / Res Ind Stdy

BBSN 5199

#Neuroscience, Ethics and the Law

BBSR 5057

Movement Disorders




BBSN 5199

Capstone and Thesis Writing in Neuroscience and Education

BBSN 4000

Cognitive Neuroscience and Education

BBSN 5199

Affective Neuroscience

BBSN 5070

#Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

BBSN 5044

Current Issues in Neuroscience

BBSN 5199

#Neuroscience of Adversity

BBSN 5199

^Human Functional Neuroanatomy

BBSN 4904

Practicum / Res Ind Stdy

BBSN 5199

Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology

B. Neuroscience Research Methods and Statistics (MINIMUM 9 CREDITS)


Neuroscience Methods

BBSN 5199

Capstone and Thesis in Neuroscience and Education

BBSN 5022

Eye Tracking Methods

BBSN 5005

Evaluation of Neuropsychological Instruments

BBSN 5000

EEG Methods

BBSN 6000

EEG Data Collection and Analysis

BMEN E4840

Functional Imaging of the Brain


***WorkShops in fMRI, NIRS etc. (external courses offered in Boston MGH: Can count as credit for this requirement)


Other courses qualifying for credit under B. Research Methods and Stat Courses offered in the program in measurement and Statistics (HUDM)

HUDK 5040

Development and Psychopathology

HUDM 4120

Basic Concepts in Statistics

HUDM 4121

Intermediate Statistics

HUDM 4050

Introduction to Measurement (elementary statistics)

HUDM 5122

Applied Regression (Advanced)

HUDM 5123

Linear Models and Experimental Design (Advanced)



NOTE:  The following are examples of courses that can fulfill the breadth requirement.  In effect you can choose almost any non-­‚Äźprogram courses to fulfill the requirement with the consent of your advisor.

HUDK 5024

Language Development

HUDK 4023

Dev Psych: Adolescence

HUDK 5023

Cognitive Development

HUDK 4027

Development of Mathematical Thinking

HUDK 4020

Theories of Human Development

HUDK 4024

Developmental Psychology

HUDK 4035

Technology and Human Development

HUDK 5020

Development of Creativity

HUDK 5037

Psych of Children's TV

HUDK 5040

Dev Psychopathology:  Atypical Contexts


Learning & Cognition


HUDK 5120

Dev of Creativity: Case Study Method

HUDK 4015

Psychology of Thinking

HUDK 4029

Human Cognition & Learning

HBSK 5096

Psychology of Memory

HUDK 5025

Spatial Thinking

HUDK 5030

Visual Explanations

HUDK 4080

Educational Psychology

HUDK 5035

Psych of Media

HUDK 5120

Psych of Language and Reading

HUDK 5020

Development of Creativity

HUDK 5125

Cross Cultural Psychology


^ On-line course

# Class scheduled during business hours; lectures will also be video recorded and offered online