Teachers College at Columbia University

525 W 120th St, New York, NY 10027

School Details

Teachers College at Columbia University is a graduate school for education located in New York City that was established in 1887. In 1898, the college merged with Columbia University.


The school was founded by a philanthropist named Grace Hoadley Dodge and philosopher named Nicholas Murray Butler. The aim of the school was to provide education for the individuals who wished to become teachers of the poor children in New York City. Originally, the curriculum combined humanitarian concern for helping others and a scientific approach to human development. For the time period, Teachers College had high standards for their students in the late 1800s requiring them all to have a high school diploma. They continue to carry on that standard today. The mission of Teachers College is:

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.


An aim of this institution is to help teachers understand how to gain reliable knowledge about the conditions in which children from different backgrounds learn the most effectively. Therefore, the curriculum includes classes like educational psychology and educational sociology. Today, Teachers College holds the same mission and values by encouraging insight solutions to the difficult problems of urban education through giving future teachers the tools to educate their students. The institution boasts that its Gottesman Libraries hold the world’s largest and richest collection of materials dedicated to the profession of education. Teachers College is comprised of ten departments that offer more than 60 major areas of study. The departments include: Arts and Humanities, Biobehavioral Sciences, Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Curriculum and Teaching, Education Policy and Social Analysis, Health and Behavioral Studies, Human Development, Organization and Leadership, as well as Mathematics, Science, and Technology. Additional programs that are not offered through one of the academic departments include: Education Policy Studies, Conflict Resolution, Interdisciplinary Studies in Education, Law and Educational Institutions, and Urban Education. Students are offered additional opportunities such as a Teacher Certification Guide through the Office of Certification and Compliance.

The Teachers College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. In addition to overall accreditation, the American Psychological Association’s Committee on Accreditation, the American Speech-language-Hearing Association’s Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education all lend accreditation to specific programs at Teachers College.


With a total enrollment of 5,236 students, 76% are women and 24% are male. Also 68% of students are in the master’s program and 27% are in the doctoral program. TC draws graduate students from all over the world. Student life is always on the go from activities and events to clubs and organizations. Students living close to campus have access to the library, classrooms, gymnasium and all other facilities at Columbia University. Ranked one of the best graduate schools for education, TC provides students with the ability and knowledge to go out and teach the next generation of leaders to their greatest ability.


Admission to Teacher’s College can be completed online via the college’s website. It is the mission of the financial aid office to provide the most adequate funding from a variety of sources to meet the needs of their students. The tuition is estimated to be $30,864 per year. Financial aid is available to those students who qualify through Federal loans.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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