The Office of the Registrar manages transfer credit. The Transfer Credit Coordinator facilitates the process of transferring graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions outside of Teachers College that was completed prior to enrolling at TC. Students eligible to transfer credit must apply to have credits from previous graduate coursework transferred toward their Teachers College degree. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Transfer Credit Coordinator and the student's faculty advisor. Please read the information below and visit our other pages for more information regarding eligibility and the transfer credit process and application.
Any student who has completed graduate level course work outside of Teachers College and is enrolled in an Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T., Ph.D., Ed.M., or M.S. program is eligible to transfer credit with a few exceptions*. MA students are NOT eligible to transfer credit.
In order for a course to be eligible to transfer, completed coursework must be graduate level and have not been applied toward a completed bachelors degree. The course grade awarded must be a "B" or better. Eligible courses are not guaranteed to transfer. A student's faculty advisor reviews eligible credits and approves transfer credit based on course content and applicability to your program of study at Teachers College.
*The only MS programs that allow transfer credit are (1) Math Education, and (2) Teacher Education in Science.
The outline below is intended to provide an overview of the transfer credit process. The length of the process varies depending on numerous factors including whether we have final official transcripts on file from your previous institutions and your availability to meet with your advisor.
Please note: Your transfer credit award chart will be added to your file in the Registrar's Office, and approved transfer credits will appear on your Teachers College transcript.
Please complete the online transfer credit application:
Transfer Credit Coordinator
525 West 120th Street
New York, New York 10027
Phone: (212) 678-4050
Paperwork can be dropped off at the Office of the Registrar
528 West 121st St., 3rd Floor
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Transfer credit is receiving credit towards your Teachers College degree by transferring in graduate level coursework completed outside of Teachers College.
Any student who completed graduate level coursework outside of Teachers College at a regionally accredited institution prior to enrolling at TC, and is enrolled in an Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T., Ph.D., Ed.M., or M.S. program is eligible to transfer credit with a few exceptions*. MA students are NOT eligible to transfer credit.
* The only MS programs that allow transfer credit are (1) Math Education, and (2) Teacher Education in Science.
Students entering in the Fall or Summer should apply for transfer credit after they have been admitted to Teachers College and before the October 15 deadline. Students entering in the Spring should apply for transfer credit after they have been admitted to Teachers College and before the February 15 deadline.
Complete the online Transfer Credit Application
Below is the maximum number of credits that can be transferred in each degree.
Master of Arts (M.A.) - 0
Master of Science (M.S.) requiring fewer than 60 credits - 0
Master of Science (M.S.) requiring 60 credits or more - 30
Master of Education (Ed.M./M.E.) - 30
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - 30; or 45 completed entirely through Columbia University
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) - 45
Yes. Only graduate courses which have been (1) completed with grades of B or higher, (2) submitted on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution, and (3) granted/assigned graduate credit on the transcript of that institution, may be considered for transfer credit. For educational institutions located outside of the United States or Canada, a course-by-course evaluation from an approved agency is required. The evaluation must state that the institution is accredited and approved by the home country's department or ministry of education, and that the coursework completed was graduate level work.
If you received a "P" as a final grade, the course is not eligible for transfer credit unless you provide additional documentation from the registrar stating that the course was only offered on a pass/fail basis.
No. Your faculty advisor will review your eligible credits for course content and applicability to your academic program. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Transfer Credit Coordinator and the student's faculty advisor.
No. Transfer credit it for credit earned prior to enrolling at TC. It is the schools expectation that once you enroll at TC you will complete your coursework here.
No, Teachers College courses are not considered transfer credit. If you would like to apply credits earned before enrolling as a degree seeking student, or earned for one degree or program toward a second degree or program this would be an academic decision made by your advisor. Please reference the General Residence Requirements in the Academic Catalog for information on credit requirements for competing more than one degree at TC.