Teachers College, Columbia University

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Areas of Study 

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 person’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, and community arts centers.
Graduates go on to rewarding professions as directors of education, consultants, curriculum designers, and program managers in schools, universities, government bureaus,
cultural institutions, nonprofit agencies, and museums.

Featured Programs: Art & Art
Education, Arts Administration,
Music & Music Education

Educational Technology & Digital Media

Our educational technology and digi
tal media programs are for students seeking to innovate in schools and other diverse learning communities.
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, field work, 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, soft
ware and Web application designers, online curriculum developers, ed tech designers, and educators and take on leadership positions in academic computing centers and informational services for education departments in higher education.

Featured Programs: Communications, Design & Development of Digital Games, Instructional Technology & Media, Learning Analytics

Health Sciences & Health Promotion

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 speech-language pathologists, exercise physiologists, researchers, evaluation specialists, nutritionists, neuropsychologists, and occupational therapists.

Featured Programs: Communication Sciences & Disorders, Nursing Education and Diabetes, Nutrition

The programs in humanities at Teachers College are intended to provide students with a general knowledge base and intellectual skill development rather than an occupational or professional skill or certification. These programs address important educational questions, examining historical ideas, individuals, and philosophical perspectives to determine their influence on their own times and bringing historical knowledge and philosophical perspective to bear on current educational issues.
The programs in the humanities seek to prepare scholars and practitioners who will bring to the world of education an understanding of how important historical and philosophical perspectives are to widening humanistic thinking about education.

Featured Programs: History & Education, Philosophy & Education

International & Transcultural Education
The international and transcultural education programs at the College examine complex issues of social and political processes, cultural theory, transcultural identity, sociolinguistics, and biculturalism.
This broad-based, integrated design prepares graduates for positions in academic research, educational policy, evaluation, and multilingual and multicultural teaching or as con
sultants for businesses, government agencies, NGOs, and private or public educational institutions.

Featured Programs: Anthropology, Bilingual & Bicultural Education, International Educational Development

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. Our programs’ cohort-based curricula weave together research and analysis skills with academic, theoretical, and evidence-based knowledge and training in the reflective, proactive, and transformational learning that is a hallmark of the College.
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, adminis
trators, researchers, policy analysts, consultants, and public officials. 

Featured Programs: Education Leadership, Higher & Postsecondary Education, Private & Public School Leadership


The policy and politics programs at Teachers College are grounded in a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
Students are trained in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods 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 areas such as early childhood education. Some programs also lead to New York State teacher certification.
Graduates hold teaching positions in universities and colleges, and ad
ministrative or research positions in a variety of settings, including foundations, government departments, and international agencies.

Featured Programs: Economics & Education, Education Policy, Politics & Education, Sociology & Education


With over 16 specific programs,
Teachers College integrates science, cognitive studies, psychology, measurement, social-organizational behavior, and evaluation into its curriculum. Central to this model is the belief that the scientific knowledge obtained can be used to enhance the educational, adaptive, and communicative capabilities of individuals with impaired abilities across the lifespan.
Students are instructed to use strategies of prevention, integration, and remediation to help others develop effective coping skills and responses to the environment. Participants of the programs develop an understanding to work with individuals of diverse ethnic, racial, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students and faculty collaboratively research individual, group, and intergroup experiences as they occur in schools, families, and organizations.

Graduates go on to positions in teaching, research, policy, administration, consultation, psychotherapy, learning specialists, and consultants, as well as positions in community agencies, educational research bureaus, and testing organizations.

Featured Programs: Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, School Psychology, Social-Organizational Psychology

Special Education
Each of the special education degree programs prepares teachers and specialists to succeed with a range of learning needs in diverse and inclusive environments such as homes, schools, and other community settings. Our curriculum focuses on areas of differentiated curriculum, service delivery systems, teaching for equity and social justice, assessment and intervention, and an inquiry approach to teaching and learning.
Graduates go on to assume leadership and scholarly positions at all levels of professional activity, including classroom educators, community and national service agencies, hospi
tal and rehabilitation programs, colleges and universities, and research centers, as well as local, state, and federal education agencies.

Featured Programs: Applied Behavior Analysis, Gifted Education, Intellectual Disabilities/Autism

Teacher Education & Certification

Educators from across the United States 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, teachers as seekers of knowledge, and lifelong learning curriculum. The programs are grounded in an understanding of social justice and the multiple perspectives on culture, content, and context that are negotiated to meet the needs of diverse learners and ensure that all students and their communities are fully supported to reach their highest potential.

Featured Programs: Early & Elementary Education, Mathematics & Science Education, Social Studies, Teaching of English, TESOL

Get to know Teachers College
Teachers College is the first and largest graduate school of education in the United States and is perennially ranked among the nation’s best.

Philanthropist Grace Hoadley Dodge and philosopher Nicholas Murray Butler founded Teachers College, Columbia University in 1887.

Nearly 150 years later, Teachers College has grown and evolved into an institution that is still blazing academic trails. TC has educated approximately 100,000 individuals from around the world.

Teachers College is a unique institution that goes beyond the educational professions to the many frontiers of human development. Teachers College educates clinical psychologists and school psychologists; physical therapists and scientists of human physiology; music teachers and professional musicians; and change leaders and policy makers. Our leadership studies have propelled graduates in every professional field.

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. Its name notwithstanding, the College is committed to a vision of education writ large, encompassing our 10 core areas of expertise: the arts, educational technology and digital media, health sciences and health promotion, humanities, international and transcultural education, leadership and administration, policy, psychology, special education, and teacher certification and education.

What makes Teachers College unique?
Teachers College, Columbia University puts a wide range of educational expertise at students’ disposal, affording you the opportunity to develop and apply skills in educational practice, research, scholarship, policy analysis, and development. Our Offices of Career Services and Student Activities
and Programs 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, health care facilities, and other institutions, you can apply your 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 distinguished predecessors such as John Dewey, Edward Lee Thorndike, and Maxine Greene in defining new fields of study—a heritage of innovation that is our proudest tradition and will hopefully be one of yours.



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94 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Adult Education              
Applied Behavior Analysis              
Arts Management                
Clinical Psychology              
Cognitive Science              
Communication Sci & Disorders              
Counseling & Therapy                
Counseling Psychology PhD                
Developmental Psychology              
Early Childhood Education              
Education of the Deaf              
Education of the Gifted                
Educational Administration              
Educational Leadership              
Educational Policy                
Educational Technology              
Elementary Education                
Health Education            
Higher Education              
Information Technology              
International Development              
International Education              
Nurse Administration              
Nurse Education              
Organizational Psychology              
Organizational Studies & Leadership              
Physical Education                
Post-Secondary Education              
Psychology - General                
Reading & Literacy                
Reading Specialist                
School Counseling              
School Psychology              
Secondary Education                
Special Education                
Speech Pathology              
Student Affairs/Development              
TESOL Education              
Teaching Art              
Teaching English              
Teaching History              
Teaching Math              
Teaching Music              
Teaching Science              


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