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Owner: Enrollment Services

About the Application Process

Teachers College admits students for Spring, Summer, and Fall entry.  However, not all programs or degree levels are available for all entry terms. Applicants may only have one active application at a time, and may only apply to one degree program per Spring term and one degree program per Summer/Fall term.

To be eligible for admission to any/all programs, applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. International applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, the equivalent of a 120-credit U.S. baccalaureate degree.

Application Deadlines

Only complete applications will be eligible for review. An application is considered complete when all required application materials are received by the Office of Admission by the designated, posted deadline. TC application deadlines are received-by deadlines, not postmark deadlines. 

Application Deadlines

  • Ph.D…………………..December 15
  • Ed.D………………….January 5 (Priority) and April 1 (Final)
  • Master’s………………November 1 (Spring), January 15 (Summer/Fall Priority) and April 15 (Summer/Fall Final)

Note:

Not all programs/degrees accept applications for all terms.

Programs may not accept applications after the priority application deadline.

Some applicants and programs have different deadlines than the above. Refer to the Application Deadlines page (https://www.tc.columbia.edu/admission/how-to-apply/application-deadlines/) for current guidance about application deadlines.  Refer to the How to Apply page (https://www.tc.columbia.edu/admission/how-to-apply/) for current application requirements.

Return of Application Materials

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 third party. All records submitted in support of an application for admission become property of Teachers College.

Native Language

All applicants who received a baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the sole official language of instruction must take an English proficiency exam. Refer to the International Applicants page (https://www.tc.columbia.edu/admission/how-to-apply/international-applicants/) for more information on score requirements and minimums. 

Official Transcripts and Course Evaluations

As part of the application for admission, applicants are required to submit transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate coursework they have completed. For current requirements regarding transcript submission, visit the Office of Admission website at www.tc.edu/apply. Students who completed or are completing degrees outside of the United States will be required to submit an official course-by-course evaluation. Refer to the International Applicants page (https://www.tc.columbia.edu/admission/how-to-apply/international-applicants/) for more information. 

Standardized Test Scores

Standardized tests are required by some, but not all, Teachers College degree programs. The testing center must report official scores directly to the Office of Admission by the application deadline. Expired scores will not be accepted. For tests administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the assigned institution code for Teachers College is 2905. For more information, visit www.tc.columbia.edu/admissions/admission/instructions/degree-programs.

Decision Notification

The Office of Admission will notify you via email once a decision has been published. All admission decisions are final. The official notification of all admission decisions comes directly from the Office of Admission. Official decisions will not be mailed to applicants or given over the phone.

Depositing

In order to ensure their place in a program, admitted students must submit a $300 U.S. non-refundable tuition deposit to Teachers College by the enrollment response deadline indicated in the admission letter.

Non-Degree Status

Non-degree status is available to applicants holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. International applicants must hold the equivalent of a 120-credit U.S. baccalaureate degree.

A non-degree student may take up to 16 points as long as the academic standards of the College are met. Once the 16 point maximum is met, the non-degree student must either:

  • Apply to and be admitted to a Teachers College degree program, or
  • Obtain approval from the Registrar for continued registration under non-degree status

Admission to non-degree status implies no commitment for admission to a degree, Advanced Certificate, or non-credit program. Should a non-degree student become a degree candidate, a maximum of 16 points (8 in the major field) taken in non-degree status may be applied toward a degree program, if approved by the program. 

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Teachers College (“TC” or the “College”) is committed to providing a working, learning and living environment free from discrimination and harassment and to fostering a vibrant, nurturing community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members. 

Consistent with this commitment, Teachers College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or partnership status, citizenship or immigration status, military status, disability, pregnancy, genetic predisposition or carrier status, status as a victim of domestic violence, or any other legally protected status in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, employment, scholarship, loan, and other College-administered programs; treatment, or in access to College programs or activities.

For more information on admission to Teachers College, see http://www.tc.edu/admissions/

Responsible Office: Enrollment Services

Effective Date: September 2020

Last Updated: December 2020

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