Curriculum and Teaching

Welcome to the Program in Curriculum & Teaching

The Curriculum & Teaching graduate program at Teachers College, Columbia University, goes beyond a traditional education program to examine the issues in the field of curriculum through both theory and practice. You’ll have opportunities to become an expert in areas, such as curriculum development, school change and reform, action research and other school-based inquiry strategies. This distinctive program also has a strong commitment to social justice and equity in education. The Curriculum & Teaching program is ideal for educators who want to lead—in the classroom and in the field. Since you do not need to attend full-time, you can continue to work while you pursue your graduate degree.

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The M.A. program in Curriculum and Teaching is a 32-credit program that does not lead to certification. The program aims to assist educators who expect to exert leadership in their school settings or in other curricular spaces. We support three shared philosophical stances underlying our long-standing tradition of preparing teachers as education leaders:

  • Teaching as inquiry
  • Teaching as curriculum making
  • Teaching for social justice

With careful planning and advisement, the program can be completed in 12 months starting in the fall semester or the summer, or in 17 months if starting in January. The program may also be taken part-time. This program offers considerable flexibility since it is not tied to certification requirements.

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The Curriculum and Teaching Professional Certification program develops educators who exert leadership in their school settings and with their colleagues. Students in our program graduate with a master of arts degree in either secondary or elementary education with New York State Professional Certification in grades 1-6 or 7-12 in English, Social Studies, Science, Technology, or Mathematics.

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The Ed.M. is an advanced master’s degree (between an M.A. and an Ed.D.) that offers a flexible program of study focusing on leadership in curriculum and teaching in a range of educational settings. This degree program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized understandings and a capacity for leadership in curriculum and pedagogy. Leadership is interpreted broadly in this program to include developing curricula, studying teaching, designing professional development, and engaging in action research, all with a focus on challenging inequalities and imagining new possibilities for education.

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The Department of Curriculum and Teaching offers a Doctor of Education (90-credit) degree with different areas of concentration. The program requires 90-credits of graduate study beyond the baccalaureate.

The concentrations within the Ed.D. program are:

  • Curriculum Studies
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Policy
  • Educational Leadership and School Change
  • Gifted Education
  • Literacy Education
  • Urban and Multicultural Education

Doctoral students in all concentrations may also take coursework to prepare themselves as teacher educators. For more information, please contact us directly.

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