GET TO KNOW TEACHERS COLLEGE
WHAT MAKES TEACHERS COLLEGE UNIQUE
AREAS OF STUDY
AREAS OF STUDY IN DETAIL
RESEARCH CENTERS & INSTITUTES
ADMISSION INQUIRIES & NEXT STEPS
GET TO KNOW TEACHERS COLLEGE Teachers College, Columbia University, was founded in 1887 by philanthropist Grace Hoadley Dodge and philosopher Nicholas Murray Butler. It was envisioned not just as a place to learn teaching techniques, but as a new kind of college where students and faculty could gain a deeper understanding of how people learn – through study of subjects including educational psychology and educational sociology. 125 years later, Teachers College has grown and evolved into a diverse institution that is still blazing academic trails. We have educated approximately 100,000 individuals from around the world. Teachers College is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States, and also perennially ranked among the nation’s best. Teachers College is still a different kind of institution, with an academic mandate that goes beyond the educational professions, to the many frontiers of human performance and human potential. We educate clinical psychologists and school psychologists; physical therapists and human physiologists; music teachers and professional musicians; and change leaders and policy makers. Our academic programs have propelled graduates in every professional field. For future educators, administrators, and scholars of education, we address challenges of management through study in administration, economics, and politics; in urban education,
continuing our collaborative research with urban and suburban school systems; and as the acknowledged leader in matters of diversity in education and educational policy. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our nine core areas of expertise: the arts, health sciences and human development, educational technology and digital media, international and transcultural education, leadership and administration, policy, psychology, special education, and teacher certification and education. While the name Teachers College reflects a dedication to producing quality teachers, only about one-third of Teachers College students are preparing to become teachers. With our wide range of academic offerings affiliated with one of the world’s greatest universities – Columbia University – your curriculum at Teachers College can be highly flexible.
WHAT MAKES TEACHERS COLLEGE UNIQUE? The population at Teachers College, Columbia University, is very diverse and includes international students, scholars, and faculty from over 75 countries. The College combines a large number of part-time and fulltime students who are very active in professional education circles and either commute to or live on campus. Teachers College also puts a wide range of educational resources at students’ disposal, affording them the opportunity to develop and apply skills in educational practice, research, scholarship, and policy analysis and development. In addition to the College’s own library and facilities, our students have access to the curricula and facilities of Columbia University, and our Office of Career Services & Alumni Relations Department help students create a social and professional network outside of class and throughout New York City. Beyond campus, Teachers College prides itself on the ability to integrate theory and practice in New York City and the surrounding metropolitan areas. Through our relationships with public schools, museums, and other institutions students can apply their knowledge of educational theory to real-world experience. Additionally, many of our students execute field research and work with faculty to investigate front-line issues. The College’s spirit of academic inquiry is furthered by current faculty working in the tradition of such distinguished predecessors as John Dewey, Edward Lee Thorndike, and Maxine Greene in defining new fields of study – a heritage of innovation that is our proudest tradition.
THE ARTS • Art and Art Education • Arts Administration • Music and Music Education
AREAS OF STUDY EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL MEDIA
INTERNATIONAL & TRANSCULTURAL EDUCATION • Anthropology and Education • Applied Linguistics • Applied Anthropology • Bilingual/Bicultural Education • Bilingual/Bicultural Childhood Education • Comparative and International Education • History and Education • International Educational Development • Philosophy and Education • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
• Communication • Computing in Education • Instructional Technology and Media • Technology Specialist – K-12 Initial NY State Cert.
HEALTH SCIENCES & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT • Applied Physiology • Applied Statistics • Health Education • Physical Education • Curriculum & Teaching in Physical Education • Kinesiology • Motor Learning • Movement Sciences and Education • Neuroscience and Education • Nutrition Education • Behavioral Nutrition • Nutrition and Public Health • Community Nutrition Education • Diabetes Education and Management • Nutrition and Exercise Physiology • Speech and Language Pathology • Psychology - Developmental • Cognitive Studies in Education • Developmental Psychology • Measurement and Evaluation
LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION • Arts Administration • Adult Learning and Leadership • Adult Education Guided Intensive Study (AEGIS) • Curriculum and Teaching • Education Leadership • Executive Masters in Organizational Change • Higher and Postsecondary Education • Nurse Executive Role • Private School Leadership (Klingenstein Center) • Public School Building Leadership (Summer Principals Academy) • Urban Education Leaders Program
POLICY • Economics and Education • Education Policy • History and Education • Leadership, Policy, and Politics • Philosophy and Education • Politics and Education • Sociology and Education
PSYCHOLOGY • Counseling Psychology • Clinical Psychology • Developmental Psychology • Psychology - Developmental • Psychological Counseling: General / Mental Health Counselor / School Counselor • Applied Developmental and Learning Psychology/School Psychology • Psychology in Education • Psychology in Education: Personality & Psychopathology Track • School Psychology • Reading Specialist • Organizational Psychology • Executive Masters in Organizational Change
SPECIAL EDUCATION • Applied Behavior Analysis • Deaf and Hard of Hearing • Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities - Dual Certification • Early Childhood Special Education • Early Childhood Education - Special Education - Dual Certification • Gifted Education • Guidance and Rehabilitation • Intellectual Disability/Autism • Physical Disabilities • Severe or Multiple Disabilities • Secondary Inclusive Education • Teaching of ASL as a Foreign Language
TEACHER EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION • Applied Behavior Analysis • Bilingual/Bicultural Education • Bilingual/Bicultural Childhood Education • Curriculum and Teaching Elementary Professional Certification • Curriculum and Teaching Secondary Professional Certification • Curriculum and Teaching • Deaf and Hard of Hearing • Early Childhood Education • Early Childhood Special Education • Early Childhood Education Special Education - Dual Certification • Elementary Inclusive Education • Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities • Elementary Inclusive Education with Gifted Extension • Gifted Education • Intellectual Disability/Autism • History and Education • Literacy Specialist • Mathematics Education • Music and Music Education • Nursing Education: Professorial Role • Physical Education • Reading Specialist • Secondary Inclusive Education • Science Education • Science Education: Biology • Science Education: Chemistry • Science Education: Earth Science • Science Education: Physics • Severe and Multiple Disabilities • Supervision in Science Education • Teacher Education in Science • Speech and Language Pathology • Teaching of Social Studies • Teaching of English/English Education • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) • Teaching of ASL as a Foreign Language • Technology Specialist tc.columbia.edu/discover
THE ARTS The arts programs at Teachers College view the presence of art and music in the study of education as a vital necessity in nurturing human growth and development throughout a personâ€™s lifespan. Courses in these programs examine the different environments in which various art and music forms reach their audiences - in private and public schools, colleges, museums, community arts centers, and hospitals. Our distinguished faculty of scholars and practitioners guides students in our practice-based studio spaces. Graduates go on to rewarding professions as directors of education, consultants, curriculum designers, and program managers in schools, universities, government bureaus, cultural institutions, non-profit agencies, and museums.
EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL MEDIA Our educational technology and digital media programs target students seeking to innovate and lead the field of information and communication technologies in schools and other diverse learning communities. Each program has a unique focus, but shares common scholarly perspectives, educational ideals, and strong commitments to the improvement of society through adaption and innovations in technology. Program curriculum culls from an extensive list of faculty members from all subject areas and interests. The programs provide a comprehensive understanding of the cultural and historical implications of new technologies on education and life, and a high priority is placed on group work, fieldwork, and internships, as well as intensive online courses.
Prepared with the skills to purposefully select and shape the uses of new media in educational practice, graduates go on to successful careers as technology specialists in schools, software and web application designers, educators, and take on leadership positions in academic computing centers and informational services for education departments in higher education.
HEALTH SCIENCES & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT Grounded in the understanding that individual learning potential can be enhanced by overcoming physical challenges, mental health, and emotional constraints, the health sciences and human development programs are designed to prepare professionals with the specialized knowledge and experience they need to fully identify and address barriers to complete well-being. Programs focus on the educational and clinical applications of the scientific understanding obtained from distinct and overlapping fields that include movement, neuroscience, nutrition, and language. Students receive rigorous training focused on the educational and clinical applications of specialized knowledge in our renowned neuroscience and speech pathology labs, research centers, and clinics. Graduates of these programs go on to a variety of roles in educational settings as speechlanguage pathologists, exercise physiologists, researchers, evaluation specialists, nutritionists, neuropsychologists, and occupational therapists.
INTERNATIONAL & TRANSCULTURAL EDUCATION Teachers College was the first graduate institution in the United States to develop a program in comparative and international studies in education. The international and transcultural programs at the College examine complex issues of social and political processes, cultural theory, transcultural identity, sociolinguistics, and bi-culturalism. Renowned scholarly and professional resources, libraries, language centers, and learning institutes at both Teachers College and the greater Columbia University campus provide rich and varied intellectual support and a wide range of experience within real-world and laboratory contexts. This broad-based, integrated design prepares graduates for positions in academic research, educational policy, evaluation, and multilingual and multicultural teaching, or as consultants for businesses, government agencies, and private or public educational institutions.
LEADERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION The leadership and administration programs at Teachers College educate, train, and serve current and future leaders, including administrators, policy makers, researchers, psychologists, and educators from around the world. The cohortbased curriculum weaves together research and analysis skills with an academic, theoretical, and evidence-based knowledge, as well as training in the reflective, proactive, and transformational learning that is a hallmark of the College. Students are prospective administrators, policy makers, researchers, psychologists, and educators in public and private education, higher and post secondary education, and adult education. They also work in health administration, politics, advocacy, organizational behavior, and organizational development and change. Graduates take on roles as leaders, managers, and administrators in a variety of organizations, serving as effective change agents and decision makers in settings such as human resource management, education, health administration, or conflict resolution; and as educators, administrators, researchers, policy analysts, consultants, and public officials.
POLICY Unmatched in its breadth and depth, the policy programs at Teachers College are grounded in a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. Students are trained in quantitative, qualitative and mixed-method approaches, and are encouraged to learn through practice within fellowships, internships, colloquia, and policy student network activities. These programs are directed by faculty who include economists, lawyers, political scientists, psychologists, and sociologists, as well as specialists in a wide range of interdisciplinary areas such as early childhood education. Graduates hold teaching positions in universities and colleges, and administrative or research positions in a variety of settings, including foundations, government offices, and international agencies.
PSYCHOLOGY The psychology programs at Teachers College prepare students to investigate and address the psychological needs of individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities. The curricula across the programs also integrates science and evaluation into their professional training.
Students are instructed to use strategies of remediation to help others develop effective coping skills and responses to the environment. Participants of the programs develop and understanding to work with individuals of diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic background. Program courses also provide rigorous training in both contemporary clinical science and intervention. Graduates go on to fields in teaching, research, policy, administration, consultation, and psychotherapy. They become learning specialists and consultants, and gain positions in community agencies, educational research bureaus, and testing organizations.
SPECIAL EDUCATION The special education programs build upon a more than 80-year tradition of leading the field of special education in policy, practice, and research for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.
TEACHER EDUCATION & CERTIFICATION Educators from across the U.S. and around the world come to Teachers College for professional development and certification. Teachers College offers over 25 programs that lead to New York State Initial Certification, and several programs that culminate in professional certification. Underlying all programs is an emphasis on inquiry and teachers as seekers of knowledge and lifelong learning; curriculum and the multiple perspectives on culture, content, and context that are negotiated to meet the needs of diverse learners and social justice to ensure all students and their communities are fully supported to reach their highest potential. Students are offered the opportunity within their respective programs to develop skills in pedagogy, curriculum design, research, and policy analysis and development.
Each of the degree programs prepares teachers and specialists to succeed in diverse and inclusive environments including homes, schools, and other community settings with a range of learning needs, particularly in urban contexts. Our curriculum focuses on areas of differentiated curriculum, service delivery systems, teaching for equity and social justice, assessment and intervention, and inquiry approaches to teaching and learning. Students have extensive opportunities to construct their professional practice and collaborate with faculty in a variety of school-based and universitybased research settings. Graduates go on to assume leadership and scholarly positions at all levels of professional activity, including public and private schools, community and national service agencies, hospital and rehabilitation programs, colleges and universities, research centers, as well as local, state, and federal education agencies.
For more information regarding certification, visit WWW.TC.COLUMBIA.EDU/ TEACHERCERTIFICATION
RESEARCH CENTERS & INSTITUTES More than any other research institution of its kind, Teachers College has led the way in increasing understanding of how people of all ages learn in all disciplines, how best to teach them what they need to know, and how to transform the findings into actual curricula in classrooms and other settings. Additionally, New York is the world’s most dynamic laboratory of policy and practice. With its long-standing commitment to research and service and all aspects of education, Teachers College has cultivated close professional relationships with numerous research facilities in the City. Examples of research topics include: • Designing advanced mathematics education for very young children • Providing diabetes education for health care professionals who help patients manage their disease • Educating high school and college students about the national debt, the federal budget deficit and other issues related to fiscal responsibility • Training top executives at corporations and nonprofits to lead their organizations through major and often volatile change • Bringing elementary school teachers—including those who have had no formal science preparation— up to speed in both science content and pedagogy • Educating elementary and middle school students— an age group among whom obesity has been growing at an alarming rate—to change their behaviors around nutrition and fitness • Using science-based teaching to enable thousands of children diagnosed with autism and other language deficits to speak and function in mainstream schools
For additional information on our Research Centers and Institutes, visit WWW.TC.COLUMBIA.EDU/RESEARCH
A FOCUS ON URBAN EDUCATION Located in the heart of one of the world’s largest and most dynamic cities, Teachers College has an unequalled range of opportunities for instruction, research, and service in the field of urban education. Most departments and programs give special attention to students primarily concerned with education in the urban setting. In addition, many courses focus on education in urban settings. For study possibilities, students should contact the Office of Admission for additional information. tc.columbia.edu/discover
With the world at your fingertips, delve into New York City and the Ivy League experience where academic excellence, rich history, international culture and business savvy collide. Teachers College offers you exposure to some of the most outstanding museums, libraries, clinics, corporations, and K-12 schools that the nation has to offer. Our students have an array of advanced opportunities to work within these learning environments. Future teachers can earn their certification through practicums in New York City
schools. Up-and-coming researchers vie to conduct new projects under the tutelage of renowned critical thinkers. Newly minted organizational psychologists serve as contributing interns from Wall Street to Midtown. Nestled within the historic Morningside Heights neighborhood, Teachers College is bounded on all sides by Columbia University, Barnard College, Manhattan School of Music, and the Jewish and Union Theological Seminaries. Students can enjoy a quiet study break down by the Hudson River, take a morning run in Central Park, or use their student discounts to access Broadway shows and an array of dining options. No matter your preference, there is always something exciting to discover in the Teachers College community.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS Teachers College brings together graduate students from all over the world in an environment that provides a unique opportunity to establish new friendships, explore other worldviews, and enhance academic prowess. Students may choose to take advantage of a wide range of planned residence hall activities, club meetings, departmental lectures, and cultural events that take place on TCâ€™s campus in addition to the larger Columbia campus. Particular administrative offices, academic departments, research centers, and student organizations sponsor and organize on-campus activities such as the Casual Conversation Series. Those interested in getting a refresher on academic writing can utilize the Graduate Writing Center. Many students enjoy a wealth of fitness classes and the Aquatic Center featured within the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center. There are a variety of student services and organizations at TC designed to support studentsâ€™ programs of study, provide professional development opportunities, foster community and celebrate diversity.
For more information, please visit WWW.TC.COLUMBIA.EDU/ STUDENTACTIVITIES
CAREER SERVICES Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) is committed to guiding all TC students and alumni throughout the different phases of their career development process. Whether they are entering a new field, advancing within their current profession, or changing directions, Teachers College will help students identify and develop the skills and resources needed to achieve their career goals. The office provides career fairs, document reviews, and mock interviews to help students prepare for future endeavors. Also, alumni are able to utilize these services well after they leave TC, which provides a great opportunity for current students to seek mentorships and possible hiring opportunities.
For more information, please visit WWW.TC.COLUMBIA.EDU/CAREERSERVICES
INTERNATIONAL SERVICES The Office of International Services provides extensive intercultural programs throughout the year. They serve as a resource for students navigating the visa process and counsel on personal, financial, cultural, academic, and other concerns. For more information, please visit
ACCESS & SERVICES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES The College has developed a professionally staffed office to achieve the goal of being responsive to both the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other similar legislation. Programs and services for individuals with disabilities have been developed to ensure that Teachers College is physically, programmatically, and attitudinally accessible. For more information, please visit
DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY AFFAIRS The Office for Diversity and Community was created in January 2001 and leads the Collegeâ€™s initiatives concerning community, diversity, civility, equity, and anti-discrimination. The Office of Diversity and Community Affairs is proud to serve the students, faculty, professional and union staff and alumni that together make up the TC community in support of our mission. For more information, please visit
WWW.TC.COLUMBIA.EDU/DIVERSITY Diversity Mission To establish Teachers College as an institution that actively attracts, supports and retains diverse students, faculty and staff at all levels, demonstrated through its commitment to social justice, its respectful and vibrant community and its encouragement and support of each individual in the achievement of his or her full potential.
COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT 5391 1452 ENROLLMENT NEW STUDENTS
DIVERSITY OF MATRICULATED STUDENTS
RACE & ETHNICITY
TWO OR MORE 152
29 MEDIAN STUDENT AGE
TOP FIVE EMPLOYMENT INDUSTRIES FOLLOWING GRADUATION 1. TEACHING (PRE-K – 12) 2. TEACHING (HIGHER EDUCATION) 3. PSYCHOLOGY (COUNSELING, CLINICAL, AND SCHOOL) 4. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT (TRAINING, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT) 5. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
OTHER INTERESTING TEACHERS COLLEGE FACTS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS/DEGREES AWARDED INCLUDE:
Master of Arts Master of Science Master of Education Doctor of Education Doctor of Education in the College Teaching of an Academic Subject Doctor of Philosophy
ACCREDITATIONS INCLUDE, AMONG OTHERS:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education American Psychological Association American Speech-Language Hearing Association American Dietetic Association
STUDENT TO FACULTY RATIO
STUDENTS COME FROM
50 80 13%
STATES COUNTRIES INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
*Infographic is an average using compiled data from 2009 to 2011.
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ADMISSION The Office of Admission is your greatest resource for more information on Teachers College and the online application process. At Teachers College, we review your application holistically, reviewing not only your academics, but also your unique talents, interests, professional experience and accomplishments, and the desire to make a difference in society. This diversity makes for the most fascinating and productive student community.
VISIT US Teachers College encourages prospective applicants to attend on- or off-campus Information Sessions to learn more about our programs and services. We also offer online chat sessions highlighting the admission and financial aid process, career services, as well as student life and the TC community.
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FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIP Financial Aid at Teachers College rewards academic excellence through merit-based aid and works to help supplement the cost of attendance through scholarships and grants, and through need-based aid including Federal loans and Federal Work-Study.
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HOUSING The Office of Residential Services strives to create a multicultural campus community that supports students in their academic and personal goals. Living close to the campus affords students easy access to the library, classrooms, gymnasium, and other Columbia University facilities. Teachers College has approximately 700 spaces available for single students and 150 apartments for students with families. Most units are located in historic buildings in the vibrant Morningside Heights neighborhood.
For more information or to submit a housing application, please visit the Office of Residential Services online at WWW.TC.COLUMBIA.EDU/HOUSING
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