Teachers College Columbia University

Academic Catalog

Applying to Teachers College

Thank you for your interest in Teachers College, Columbia University. For more information regarding Admission to Teachers College, please refer to the Office of Admission website at www.tc.columbia.edu/apply. 


About the Application Process

Teachers College is a graduate-only institution. Applicants must hold, or be in the process of obtaining, the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree in order to be considered for admission.  Applicants from the U.S. are also required to hold, or be in the process of obtaining, the undergraduate baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution as reconginzed by the U.S. Department of Education.

Applicants may apply to only one program at a time. 

Teachers College admits students for Spring, Summer, and Fall entry. However, not all programs or degree levels are available for all entry terms.

A complete list of available programs, degrees, and entry terms can be found on the Office of Admission website at www.tc.columbia.edu/apply.

How to Apply

The Teachers College Application for Admission is available online at www.tc.columbia.edu/apply and can be completed over several sessions, if necessary. 

The complete Teachers College application consists of the application form, as well as additional materials to be submitted both online and through mail to the Office of Admission.

Applicants are responsible for collecting and submitting all required application materials to the Office of Admission. Official scores of any required standardized test, such as the TOEFL, GRE, or MAT must be directly reported to Teachers College Office of Admission by the Testing Centers. Refer to the “Standardized Tests” section for more information.

A Teachers College ID number (TC ID) is issued to each applicant via e-mail once her/his application form has been fully submitted. The TC ID is a randomly-generated eight-digit number preceded by the letter “T” that is used to identify the applicant throughout the application and enrollment process.

Any application components not submitted online should be mailed to:

Teachers College, Columbia University
Office of Admission, Box 302
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027-6696

Applicants using DHL, FedEx, or UPS should have their materials delivered to:

Teachers College, Columbia University
Thorndike Hall, 3rd Floor
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027-6696

All hard-copy materials should be accompanied by the Document Cover Sheet (www.tc. columbia.edu/apply) in order to expedite processing.

Application Deadlines

For most Teachers College programs, the application deadlines are as follows:

Summer or Fall Entry

Ph.D. Final Deadline: December 15

Ed.D. programs:
Early Deadline: January 2       
Final Deadline: April 1

Master’s programs:
Early Deadline: January 15     
Final Deadline: April 15

Spring Entry

Final Deadline: November 1

Please note:  

  • Not all programs are available for all entry terms.  
  • Only complete applications will be eligible for review. In order for an application to be considered complete, the Office of Admission must receive all required application materials by the designated deadline.  
  • Scholarships are awarded to those students who apply and complete the Teachers College Scholarship application by published early deadlines.   
  • Applications received after the early deadline may be considered on a space-available basis.