Cross-Registration for TC Students
All TC students have the option of taking courses at Columbia University, Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, and Jewish Theological Seminary. Also, doctoral students beyond their first year of study may register at participating institutions in the Doctoral Consortium (IUDC). Click on the name of the school below for specific instructions on how to register.
- Cross-registration with Columbia University begins later than registration in TC courses. At the latest, in any given semester, we would anticipate opening cross-registration one week before the start of that semester. However, the actual opening date for cross-registration varies term by term. A blast e-mail is sent to all TC students to announce specific dates for the start of cross-registration. You may also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
- Search Columbia's directory of classes. Make sure to take note of the five-digit call number, as you will need it to register.
- For a course requiring instructor or departmental approval, be prepared to obtain written, signed permission from the instructor or departmental representative. You may use TC's special approval form, or you can ask the instructor/departmental rep to write up a short note indicating that you have permission to register. Bring the permission note to the Office of the Registrar at Teachers College (324 Thorndike) or fax it to (212) 678-3005. We will then enter the approval, and you can proceed to register.
- Once the TC Registrar has received and entered all necessary course approvals, you may register for a Columbia course online through the myTC Portal. Simply enter the five-digit Columbia call number when you are prompted to add classes; enter the call number in the same space where you would enter the CRN of a TC course. Make sure to save your changes and confirm your registration.
- Certain Columbia schools have special procedures in place to grant approval for cross-registrants. See instructions below.
- School of Architecture: Approval granted in 4th Floor of Avery Hall, Admissions. You will need to obtain written approval from the School of Architecture. You will also have to register in-person with the TC Registrar (324 Thorndike) or by faxing your completed registration form to us at (212) 678-3005.
- Business School: Pursue approval online through the Business School's cross-registration site. The Business School will inform Teachers College of any approvals granted, and someone from TC will prompt you to complete registration in the myTC Portal. Note that you must register for Business School courses through myTC, or you will not receive grades or credits for those courses.
- School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA): Pursue approval online through SIPA's cross-registration site. SIPA will inform Teachers College of any approvals granted, and someone from TC will prompt you to complete registration in the myTC Portal. Note that you must register for SIPA courses through myTC, or you will not receive grades or credits for those courses.
- School of Journalism: Visit the Current Students site and click the link for "Cross-Registration: Other Students." Journalism will inform Teachers College of any approvals granted, and someone from TC will prompt you to complete registration in the myTC Portal. Note that you must register for Journalism courses through myTC, or you will not receive grades or credits for those courses. For specific questions about approval, contact Melanie Huff, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, at email@example.com.
- School of Law: Approval granted in the Law School Registrar's Office, 5th Floor of William and June Warren Hall. You will need to obtain written approval from the School of Law. You will also have to register in-person with the TC Registrar (324 Thorndike) or by faxing your completed registration form to us at (212) 678-3005.
- School of Social Work: Pursue approval online through this School's cross-registration site. The School of Social Work will inform Teachers College of any approvals granted, and someone from TC will prompt you to complete registration in the myTC Portal. Note that you must register for Social Work courses through myTC, or you will not receive grades or credits for those courses.
- Any 0-point CU course: Students must register in-person with the TC Registrar.
- Occasionally, Columbia courses do not load properly in TC's system, and you will not be able to register online. If you enter a Columbia call number and your request is rejected, you may register either in person in the Registrar's Office at TC or by faxing a completed registration request to (212) 678-3005. Be sure to sign your request form and to include the following course information: five-digit call number, subject, course number, and section. You can confirm your registration through the myTC Portal one business day after sending your fax or registering in-person.
- Be aware that you will be billed according to Columbia's tuition rates based on the school in which you register. However, please remit any balance due to TC's Student Accounts Office, even if the tuition due is for a Columbia course.
- Make certain that your CUB mail is forwarded to your TC Gmail account. Your TC Gmail address will be formatted as UNI@tc.columbia.edu.
- Grades: Course instructors will submit grades to the Columbia Registrar. The TC Registrar will obtain your course grades from Columbia near the end of each semester as instructors submit grades. You can view your Columbia grades through the myTC Portal along with your TC grades.
- Cross-registration with Barnard will begin at the same time as cross-registration with
. Please check in with us as the start of a semester approaches to find out the exact registration date. Columbia
- Search for Barnard courses through Columbia's directory of classes. Classes at Barnard will be listed according to subject area, but Columbia's timetable will clearly indicate that they are Barnard courses. Make sure to take note of the five-digit call number, as you will need it to register.
- For a course requiring instructor or departmental approval, be prepared to obtain written, signed permission from the instructor or departmental representative. You may use TC's special approval form, or you can ask the instructor/departmental rep to write up a short note indicating that you have permission to register. Bring the permission note to the Office of the Registrar at Teachers College (324 Thorndike) or fax it to (212) 678-3005. We will then enter the approval so that you can proceed to register.
- Barnard courses are all undergraduate courses, and you will therefore need to complete the appropriate undergraduate permission form and present it to the TC Registrar for processing. Faxed copies are acceptable.
- Once the TC Registrar has received and entered all necessary course approvals, you may register for a Barnard course online through the myTC Portal. Simply enter the five-digit Barnard call number when you are prompted to add classes; enter the call number in the same space where you would enter the CRN of a TC course. Make sure to save your changes and confirm your registration.
- Occasionally, Barnard courses do not load properly in TC's system, and you will not be able to register through the myTC Portal. If you enter a Barnard call number and your request is rejected, you may register either in person in the Registrar's Office at TC or by faxing a completed registration request to (212) 678-3005. When writing up your registration request, be sure to include your signature as well as the following information on the Barnard course: call number, subject, course number, and section. Giving us all necessary course information will help us to register you promptly.
- Please note that you will pay Barnard's current per-credit tuition rate.
- Grades: Course instructors will submit grades to the Barnard Registrar. The TC Registrar will obtain your course grades from Barnard near the end of each semester as instructors submit grades. You can view your Barnard grades through the myTC Portal.
- Review the UTS course schedule or the JTS course schedule. Take note of all relevant identifying information for the course or courses in which you would like to register. This information should include course subject, number, section, and credits.
- Complete TC's registration form with the course information you found on either the UTS or JTS schedule. Take the completed registration form to the Registrar's Office at either UTS or JTS and obtain the Registrar's signature for approval. Then, bring the form to the TC Registrar'ss Office for processing (in 324 Thorndike). You may also fax it to (212) 678-3005, but note that we will send it back to you if it is incomplete.
- Please note that if you register for courses with UTS, you will pay the current per-credit tuition rate at UTS. If you register at JTS, you will pay TC's current tuition rate.
- Interuniversity Doctoral Consortium registration is open to TC doctoral students only. In addition, doctoral students must be beyond their first year of study to qualify for IUDC registration.
- Complete the IUDC registration form.
- Complete the Personal Information section of the form.
- Have the form signed by the appropriate parties at TC. Your advisor must sign the form, as well as a representative of TC's administration. The following TC administrators may sign your form: Bill Baldwin, Ed.D. (Vice Provost); Katie Embree, Ed.D. (Associate Vice Provost); or Diana Maul (Registrar).
- Take the form to the host institution. There you must obtain the signature of the course instructor and the host school's IUDC Coordinator. A list of valid IUDC signators are listed for each school on the second page of the form.
- Bring the completed form back to the TC Registrar for processing or fax it to (212) 678-3005. Note that we will return it to you if it is incomplete.
- Besides TC, IUDC’s member schools include Fordham University, CUNY Graduate Center, New York University, New School for Social Research, Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Stony Brook University.
- Please note that TC students cannot register at Columbia through the IUDC registration process. If you are interested in taking a Columbia course, please review the procedures on this site for how to register at Columbia.
- When registering through IUDC, you will pay TC's current tuition rate. Remit tuition payment to TC as you would for a TC course. Note, however, that you may be responsible for special course fees; you must remit payment for any fees to the host institution.
Before considering any course outside of TC, we recommend that you consult with your faculty advisor on how that course will fit in your plan of study. In addition, please review the applicable policies on credit for advanced undergraduate courses and on non-TC credit limits for registration outside of TC. Failure to speak to your advisor or to check into the appropriate policies before registering might delay your graduation and have unintended financial consequences. Finally, our affiliate institutions may have academic calendars that differ slightly from TC's. Please review these calendars online (at affiliates' web sites) before you decide to cross-register.
It is the responsibility of each student to obtain advising and approval for their course selections from their academic advisor prior to registering. Registering for classes that your advisor has not approved can seriously compromise your ability to fulfill degree requirements and may have unintended financial consequences. Students must also obtain permission from the course instructor for any course listed in the Schedule of Classes as requiring instructor approval.
The minimum requirements for degrees as established by the College and University are given below. Students must consult the appropriate departmental brochures for specific program requirements governing each degree. Students may not be enrolled concurrently in two different institutions; students may not be in two different degree programs or areas of specializations at Teachers College or
For each degree, a candidate offers a minimum of thirty semester hours of acceptable graduate credits taken over no less than the equivalent of a minimum of two academic terms under Teachers College registration. Living on campus is not required. Students electing to earn more than one degree must consult the Registrar about general residence including minimum point requirements for multiple degrees. Following is a chart of minimum residency requirements for several multiple degree requirements. In addition to satisfying residency requirements, a student must meet all degree requirements for each degree as outlined in the Degree Requirements section of the catalog and all degree requirements as outlined by the department.
Period of Candidacy (Master's Degrees)
Candidates must be formally admitted to a degree program by the Office of Admission. The period of candidacy for the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, and Master of Education is limited to five years. Every candidate for the Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, and Master of Education must complete at least 16 points through Teachers College during the final five-year period prior to the award of the degree so as to meet recency requirements. A candidate may petition the Registrar for an extension of time for adequate reasons if the student has been in attendance in the degree program within the last five years. In such cases, an extension must be recommended by the major advisor and approved by the Registrar. Upon approval, all current degree requirements including the departmental integrative project and at least 16 points to satisfy the recency requirement must be completed. Petitions for extension may be obtained through the Office of the Registrar. If a student has not been in attendance within the last 5 years and wishes to pursue the completion of the degree, the student must reapply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Applications for re-admission may be obtained from the Office of Admission. Applications for re-admission follow the same processes and standards as those for initial admission. If a student is subsequently readmitted to a Master's degree program with a period of candidacy after the expiration of the initial five-year period of candidacy, all current degree requirements including the departmental integrative project and at least 16 points to meet recency requirements must be completed.
The faculty of the College requires that all students maintain acceptable grades. Some departments specify an overall minimum grade average (see specific department statements). Any department judging a student to be performing below expectations is authorized by the Faculty to require additional course work as a means to evaluate the student's continuance within the degree program or at the College. If satisfactory progress is not maintained a student may be dismissed from the program. In addition, a student at the doctoral level whose academic performance in course work and in other requirements is seriously below the level required for successfully completion of a degree may be denied permission for continued enrollment at the College on the initiative of the Department. Such a decision cannot be made by an individual professor but must be made by the department in which the student is enrolled. There is no formal appeal from such a decision, but the service of the Ombudsperson may be requested by the student. Any student receiving eight or more points in grades of C- or lower is not permitted to continue registration at the College in any capacity and may not receive a degree or diploma. Petitions for exception to this policy are to be submitted, in writing, to the Registrar with a written recommendation from the department in which the student was last enrolled. Such petitions will be submitted to a faculty committee for review and decision.
Application for Master's Degree or Certificate Award
Candidates for the award of the degree of Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science, Master of Education, or a certificate must file an application (obtained from and returned to the Registrar, in accordance with dates listed in the Academic Calendar). All courses, except those of current enrollment, must be completed at the time of application. If the degree or certificate is not then earned, a Renewal-of-Application is to be filed for reconsideration of the award. (See Academic Calendar for dates). An application for award terminates at the next time for degree conferral but may be renewed upon filing a Renewal-of-Application with the $15 renewal fee in accordance with the dates listed in the Academic Calendar. Degree applications are kept on file for a period of three years from the date of the original degree application.
All degrees and certificates are awarded in October, February, and May. Degrees are conferred by the President of the University at the annual Commencement in May.
Master of Arts Point Requirement
The Master of Arts degree is granted upon the satisfactory completion of no less than 30 points and a formal essay; or 32 points and an acceptable departmental integrative project; or 32 points and successful completion of a departmental comprehensive examination. At least 20 points must be earned in Teachers College courses. The remaining course work, through Teachers College registration, may be completed in Teachers College or other graduate divisions of the University, but no more than 12 points of graduate credit from other faculties of the University will be credited toward the minimum point requirement. Graduate level courses in the University are numbered from 4000 and above. A candidate for a second Master's degree must be readmitted to candidacy by the Office of Admission. Courses and the integrative project, comprehensive examination, or essay offered for the first Master's degree may not be applied toward the second. The same minimum point requirements stated above apply and must include three Teachers College courses (a course is defined as one for which at least 2 points are earned) outside the Teachers College major program.
Program of Study
The program for the Master of Arts must include: a minimum of 12 points in the major field courses, the exact requirement to be determined in consultation with the major advisor. In order to broaden the student's background in education, three Teachers College courses outside the Teachers College major department (in this case, a course is defined as one for which at least 2 points are earned) must be completed as well as a formal essay, comprehensive examination, or an integrative project. No transfer credit is granted for work completed at other universities to satisfy the minimum point requirement. Electives are chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
Students opting for the preparation of a formal essay should check with the Office of the Registrar for instructions. The formal essay must demonstrate the ability of the student to select, organize, and present the results of professional investigation in the major field. The essay may consist of a body of work in a studio or performance area, demonstrating the design, preparation, and presentation of professional works appropriate to the major field. Documentation of such works may include media such as photographs, color slides, TV tapes, film, recordings, or an approved computer software program. An outline of the subject of the essay must be approved by the major advisor and forwarded to the Registrar prior to or accompanying the application for the degree. The original copy of the formal essay is to be submitted to the Registrar no later than the dates indicated in the Academic Calendar. The approved essay is submitted to the College library for retention; the departmental integrative project is maintained in the major department.
Master of Arts in Teaching
The Master of Arts in Teaching, a
Master of Science
The Master of Science degree is granted upon the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 points and a formal essay; or 32 points plus a departmental integrative special project; or 32 points and successful completion of a departmental comprehensive examination. At least 20 points must be earned in Teachers College courses. The remaining course work may be completed, under Teachers College registration, in Teachers College or in other graduate departments of the University. Graduate level courses in the University are numbered from 4000 and above.
Program of Study
The program for the Master of Science degree must include at least 20 points in science courses and related technical fields. In order to broaden the student's background in education, a minimum of two Teachers College courses outside the Teachers College major department (in this case, a course is defined as one for which at least two points are earned) must be completed as well as a formal essay, comprehensive examination, or a departmental integrative special project. No transfer credit is granted for work completed at other universities to satisfy the minimum point requirement. Electives are chosen in consultation with the major advisor.
Please refer to this requirement under the Master of Arts degree section.
Master of Education
The Master of Education degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 points of graduate work. This is a two-year program. Thirty points must be completed under the auspices of Teachers College, including 18 points in Teachers College courses. A maximum of 30 points of graduate credit may be transferred from other recognized institutions. Candidates who have completed a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree through Teachers College must offer a minimum of 45 points of the required 60 points under Teachers College registration. Candidates admitted to the Ed.M. program are required to offer a minimum of three Teachers College graduate courses in education outside the major program. (In this case, a course is defined as one in which at least 2 points are earned). Equivalent courses for which transfer credit has been granted may be substituted for Teachers College courses upon written petition to the Registrar. Additionally, a formal essay, a depart-mental comprehensive examination, or special departmental integrative project is required. Consult departmental advisory statements for additional requirements.
Doctor of Education/Doctor of Philosophy
Teachers College offers programs of study leading to the Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The requirements differ in accordance with the nature of the degree as described below. The Office of Doctoral Studies provides general information, administrative advice, and service to doctoral students and assists the doctoral committees in their supervision of the work of candidates for both degrees. Requirements outlined below are described in further detail in the bulletins Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education, Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education in College Teaching of an Academic Subject, and Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. A prospective student should obtain the appropriate bulletin from the Office of Doctoral Studies. Each student is responsible for fulfilling the stated requirements. Doctoral programs are offered in many but not in all areas of specialization in Teachers College. Therefore, a prospective doctoral student should consult a faculty advisor, either through conference or correspondence, concerning programs offered, the degree most appropriate for specific goals, any departmental requirements for admission and programs of study, and application deadlines. Direct inquiries concerning admission to the Office of Admission of Teachers College and indicate the degree and field of interest in order to receive appropriate information and application forms.
Doctor of Education
The degree of Doctor of Education emphasizes broad preparation for advanced professional responsibilities through a program based upon extensive study in a specialized branch of the field of education or in an area of instruction.
The minimum requirements for this degree are: satisfactory completion of a planned program of 90 points of graduate course work beyond the Bachelor's degree (at least 45 points of which must be taken through
Teachers College registration); submission of a statement of total program indicating periods of intensive study subsequent to the first year of graduate study which accompanies the program plan of study; satisfactory performance on a departmental Certification Examination; and the preparation and defense of a dissertation. Additionally, students are required to complete a minimum of 20 points after taking the certification examination for the first time, including the points taken during the term in which that examination was taken. Some fields of study have additional requirements; consult departmental advisory statements. Special programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Education for persons preparing for college teaching of an academic subject are offered in several departments. The programs emphasize broad preparation in the candidate's major field, specialized competence in a limited area within that field, and an understanding of the broader problems of education, especially at the college level. The minimum requirements are: satisfactory completion of a planned program of 90 points of graduate course work beyond the Bachelor's degree; submission of a statement of total program indicating periods of intensive study subsequent to the first year of graduate study which accompanies the program plan of study; satisfactory performance on a departmental Certification Examination; and the preparation and defense of a dissertation. The point requirement beyond certification is the same for the program as described in the above paragraph. Some fields of specialization have additional requirements such as an examination in one foreign language or in mathematical statistics; consult departmental advisory statements.
Continuous Registration Requirement for the Ed.D. Degree
Students are required to be in continuous enrollment for a minimum of 3 points of Teachers College course credit, or for the dissertation advisement course, in each fall and spring term, starting with the term following successful completion of the certification examination or following the term in which the dissertation proposal was approved in a departmental hearing, whichever comes first, and continuing until all requirements for the degree are met. (See Ed.D. Requirements Bulletin for policy on the dissertation advisement course). Certification examinations for students who take the examination in the summer term are not usually evaluated by departments and programs until the fall term. Consequently, these students will not be obligated for continuous enrollment until the following spring term.
The obligation to register continuously ends after the dissertation has received final approval.
Doctor of Philosophy
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy emphasizes research and intensive specialization in a field of scholarship. Under an Agreement with
Continuous Registration for Dissertation Advisement: Ph.D. Degree
Each Ph.D. student must register continuously for the course in doctoral dissertation advisement offered by the department following enrollment in the department's designated dissertation seminar course(s) or following the term in which the dissertation proposal was approved, whichever comes first, and continuing until all requirements for the degree are met. (See Ph.D. Requirements Bulletin for policy on the dissertation advisement course.) Continuous registration for doctoral advisement is required each autumn and spring term, whether or not the student is in attendance, and in the summer term when special permission has been granted to schedule an oral examination on the dissertation. Registration for TI 8900 Dissertation Defense: Ph.D. is required for the term in which the oral defense is held. See Fees and General Offerings sections for further details. The obligation to register for dissertation advisement ends after the dissertation has received final approval.
The facilities of Teachers College may be made available to persons holding the doctoral degree from approved institutions who desire to spend a period in advanced research or study. Application for admission to postdoctoral study for transcript credit should be made to the Office of Admission. Persons who do not wish transcript credit may apply for Visiting Scholar status. Refer to the Visiting Scholar section in the Policies and Procedures section of this bulletin for more information.
Undergraduate courses at the University are defined as those numbered below 4000. To register for any undergraduate course, you must complete and sign an approval form. Please return this form to the Registrar (324 Thorndike) or fax it to (212) 678-3005, and we will grant permission for you to register.
Students in degree programs may petition the Registrar to have an advanced undergraduate course offered at counted as graduate credit toward the degree. To be considered for graduate credit, the courses must be beyond the general introductory level, relevant to the student’s specialty, and must not be available on the graduate level within the University. In addition, a student must obtain a written statement from the instructor of the course clarifying the additional work required in order to differentiate between undergraduate and graduate participation in the course. For basic language courses, courses must be beyond the first two years. No more than 6 points in advanced undergraduate courses may be approved for graduate credit. The advisor’s written recommendation is also required and final approval is granted by the Registrar. Petition forms may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar or by clicking here.
M.A. Programs: Students must take a minimum of 20 points of TC courses to earn the degree. In addition, they may count a maximum of 12 credits earned from other schools in the University toward their M.A.
M.S. Programs: Students must take a minimum of 20 points of coursework at Teachers College. They may take the remaining coursework at either TC or in other schools within the University so long as they meet all other degree requirements specified by their program.
Ed.M. Programs: Students must take a minimum of 18 points in TC courses to meet degree requirements. They may take the remaining coursework at either TC or in other schools within the University so long as they meet all other degree requirements specified by their program.
To fulfill the College breadth requirement, students in M.A., M.S., and Ed.M. programs must take a minimum of three TC courses (each for a minimum of 2 points) outside of their major program. Students may not use non-TC courses to meet the breadth requirement.
Ed.D./Ph.D. Programs: The College does not set a blanket TC-point minimum for doctoral degrees. However, individual programs have requirements that students can only meet through TC courses. Students should consult with their academic advisors to ensure that courses taken at affiliate institutions or through the Doctoral Consortium will count towards their program plans.
Click on the corresponding links below for instructions on filing for MA, MS, and EDM degrees. Please read the complete instructions before filing the application. Application forms must be original and are available in the Office of the Registrar. Doctoral Student should contact the Office of Doctoral Studies for information.
- Master of Arts Degree Application Instructions [pdf]
- Master of Science Degree Application Instructions [pdf]
- Masters of Education Degree Application Instructions [pdf]
Degree Application Filing Deadline
Supplementary (pink) Form Due (MA & MS ONLY)
Date of Degree Award*
Candidates graduating from an approved teacher preparation program leading toward NYSED certification recommendation must complete an Institutional Recommendation Data Form (IRDF) available in the OTE/SSS, Russell Hall 400. The IRDF can be downloaded from the OTE/SSS website at: www.tc.edu/ote and must be submitted back to the OTE/SSS RH 400. Students must apply online using the NYSED-TEACH system (instructions attached to IRDF). DO NOT submit fee payment with the IRDF nor notarize the IRDF. Certification fee payment must be made directly to the NYSED. Once all TC certification requirements are met and
For certification inquiries, students should contact the Office of Teacher Education/School-based Support Services (OTE/SSS) at (212) 678-3502, 3466, 4057 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) website is: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
Formal Master's Essays
Those students completing Formal Master's Essays should refer to the current academic calendar for submission deadlines. Instructions for Preparing the Master's Essay is available in the Office of the
Processing and Auditing Applications
Degree applications will begin to be processed and audited after the filing date. This is a lengthy process as each application is audited individually. Students will be contacted via regular mail if there are any problems. Letters verifying the degree award will be mailed on the degree date to those who have completed all requirements. February and October diplomas may be picked up on the day of conferral after in the Office of the