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2011 TC Admissions
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Frequently Asked Questions

Application Materials

  • Do I have to include the document cover sheet?
  • From which schools do I need to provide transcripts?
  • Can any of my supporting documents arrive after the deadline?
  • Can I remind my recommenders to submit their recommendations online?
  • Can I submit more than three recommendations?
  • Can my recommenders submit paper recommendations or recommendations outside of the online system?
  • Do I need to submit a transcript from my study abroad institution?
  • Do you offer fee waivers?
  • How can I obtain an application?
  • How long should the Statement of Purpose be?
  • How should international students send transcripts?
  • I took the GRE/TOEFL/GMAT several years ago. Are my scores still acceptable?
  • Is the GRE required for admission to Teachers College?
  • May I check the status of my application online?
  • Who should be my recommenders?
  • Where should I mail my transcripts?
  • What should I discuss in the Statement of Purpose?
  • What is the minimum score requirement for TOEFL, IETLS, CPE?
  • What is the application fee?

General TC

  • Does TC provide housing options?
  • How long will it take to complete a degree at Teachers College?
  • Are there Athletics at Teachers College?
  • Are there Clubs and Organizations at Teachers College?
  • Can I cross-register for classes at other divisions of Columbia?
  • Is the TC area safe?
  • Where is TC located?
  • When are classes held?
  • What Services does Teachers College Provide to International Students?
  • What services does TC provide for students with disabilities?
  • What Health Services does Teachers Collge Provide?
  • May I observe classes at Teachers College?
  • What Career Placement Services does TC have to offer?
  • Can I take a tour of the College?

General Admission

  • Can I defer my admission to the college?
  • Can I request a catalog?
  • Can I take classes as a non-degree student at Teachers College?
  • Does TC offer distance or online learning?
  • Does TC offer summer courses?
  • How can I request additional information about TC?
  • How will I find out my decision?
  • When am I notified of an admission decision?
  • What is the process for re-applying?
  • Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
  • May I apply to TC as a part-time student?
  • What is a TC ID number?
  • What does a 'Rolling' Deadline Mean for Me?
  • What are the GRE institution and department codes for TC?
  • My address has changed. Who should I notify?

Transfer Credit

  • Can I use undergraduate credit for graduate work?
  • Does TC accept transfer credits?


  • Do international students with a US graduate degree still need a TOEFL exam and WES evaluation?
  • Who is required to take the TOEFL exam?

Financial Aid

  • How can I apply for scholarships?
  • How do I apply for the TEACH grant or Zankel fellowship?
  • I have a few other questions regarding financial aid. Do they have their own FAQs?
  • Is there a deadline to apply for financial aid?
  • What types of financial aid are available?
  • Is there a separate financial aid application?
  • Are doctoral students fully funded?
  • What are the tuition costs?


  • How do the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees differ?
  • How do the Master of Arts (M.A.) and the Master of Education (Ed.M.) degrees differ?
  • I have my certification in another state, which certification track should I apply to at TC?
  • If I receive my certification at TC, may I teach in another state?
  • Is it okay for me to contact faculty members whose work I am interested in?
  • Why would someone apply to a non-certification track in a program that offers certification?
  • Which programs provide teacher certification (licensure)?
  • Where can I find my program's department?
  • What is the difference between "Initial" and "Professional" certification?
  • What programs does TC have to offer?
  • Can I apply to more than one program at a time?