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Research and Service Centers and Institutes

These are the active Research and Service Centers and Institutes at Teachers College.

The Gottesman Libraries

The Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College offer a diverse set of information services to meet the needs of faculty and students in all programs of the College. The library staff is dedicated to helping patrons find and use the information that they need for all of their academic work, including self-directed learning utilizing resources of the library and beyond.  In addition, both online and on-site services and facilities are organized to support the production of new intellectual materials for education, research, and development.

 The Library Collections

The Gottesman Libraries house one of the nation’s largest research collections in education. The collection is comprehensive in American elementary and secondary education, and in such subject areas as art and design, psychology, particularly applied psychology, educational administration, education policy, the history and philosophy of education, guidance, special education, higher and adult education, speech and language pathology and audiology, health and nursing education, nutrition, curriculum and teaching, communications and computing technology, recreation, and international and comparative education. Research resources in printed, non-printed, and electronic formats include all important reference works; a wide selection of monographs; extensive journals; and major indexing and abstracting services. PocketKnowledge, the digital archive of Teachers College, holds the archives of the College as well as the papers of faculty, students, alumni, and major offices.

Online Services

The library’s online site, accessible from the Teachers College homepage, is the focal point for a growing array of library services that support instruction and research at the College.  The website combines news and information, access to local and remote databases, and exhibits that showcase the accomplishments and contributions of notable Teachers College persons and programs, particularly as they relate to or are reflected in library collections and archives. Through advances in electronic information resources and global networks, library users have access to an extensive virtual library, providing the means to search and retrieve a growing percentage of the universe of documents and files. The online public access catalog integrates the library’s catalog information with up-to-the-minute circulation, reserve, acquisitions, and serial control information. 

Russell Hall Services

In addition to access to print and electronic collections in Russell Hall, the library provides reserve readings, reference materials, research support, library instruction services, including course-specific instructional support, and assistance in the use of hundreds of online information resources. In addition, the library staff regularly makes use of interlibrary loan and special purchases to provide access to materials not in the library collections.

The library building, Russell Hall, includes individual and group study rooms, wireless internet access, and a full program of events throughout the year. The Library regularly hosts seminars, book talks, musical performances by members of the Teachers College community, and other events. The Library Café at the library entrance offers beverage and snack services during library hours. The Smith Learning Theater on the fourth floor of Russell Hall offers a state-of-art venue for complex teaching, learning, and research activities that combine physical settings, digital components, and content in diverse forms and formats.

EdLab Tools

The EdLab at the Gottesman Libraries develops tools and materials to support learning at the College and beyond.  A single EdLab account provides access to all tools and resources for both members of the Teachers College community and their friends and colleagues not at Teachers College. Sign up for an EdLab account at the EdLab homepage and begin using a growing suite of tools. 

The Columbia Connection

Students at Teachers College have complete access to the collections of the Columbia University library system, one of the nation’s top academic libraries, housing nearly twelve million volumes and over 167,000 serial subscriptions. These resources are available online at the library website and at libraries located throughout the Columbia campus.

For further information contact:

The Gottesman Libraries
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street,
 Box 18,
 New York, NY 10027 

Telephone: (212) 678-3494



Teachers College Press

Director: Carole Pogrebin Saltz

Established in 1904 as the Bureau of Publications, Teachers College Press is one of the oldest and most distinguished publishers of educational materials in the United States. Since 1965, when the Bureau of Publications became Teachers College Press, its primary purpose has been to publish works that respond to, examine, and confront issues pertaining to education and the educational process. Over the years the publication program has included scholarly and professional works in all areas of education – from early childhood and curriculum to philosophy, teacher education, and critical theory; from assessment and school leadership to parenting, citizenship, and social issues. It now publishes more than 60 titles a year with over 900 titles in print. Among the Press’s authors are many of the most distinguished educators from throughout the world, including members of the Teachers College faculty.

Teacher Education


Teachers College offers a wide variety of educational experiences for students at the preservice and in-service levels. Programs are field-based, offering practica, internships, and student teaching. Departments offer, for qualified holders of a bachelor’s degree, programs that lead simultaneously to a master’s degree and to eligibility for New York State certification for teaching in elementary or secondary schools, as well as for specific subjects and to special populations (see sections below on additional New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requirements for initial teacher certification). Some of these programs also offer New York State teacher certification with a bilingual extension. The programs typically require a minimum of an academic year and a summer term to complete degree requirements. Applicants need not have included courses in education in their undergraduate programs, but inadequate preparation in the proposed teaching field may necessitate additional coursework to meet admission, certification or graduation requirements.

For a complete list of teacher preparation programs, please go to:

Office of Teacher Education

The Office of Teacher Education (OTE) offers many services at Teachers College, including conducting professional development workshops, providing information regarding certification, offering information sessions on New York State Teacher Certification Exams, and supporting students with student teaching requirements. Most importantly, OTE oversees and manages the certification process, recommending candidates for certification once all institutional and NYS requirements are met.

Student Teaching and Observation

Candidates for initial certification must complete a student teaching experience. This experience may be at one or two settings, based on requirements set by NYSED and the student’s TC teacher education program. The student teaching experiences are structured to enable each student teacher to gradually develop pedagogical competence and skill, and typically begin with observation of an experienced cooperating teacher followed by incremental assumption of responsibility as the term progresses. The College provides on-site supervision so as to ensure that students are well-supported during this component of their teacher preparation program.

Student teachers are required to obtain a clearance letter before commencing student teaching and to carefully review the “Student Teaching Handbook.” A general orientation to student teaching is offered by OTE in the beginning of each semester. Please go to the “Student Teaching” tab of our website at for a full list of workshops, packets, and handbooks. Hard copies of all items are also available at the Office of Teacher Education in Zankel 411.

New York State Certification

Teachers College has an array of programs which, upon successful completion lead to an institutional recommendation for New York State Certification at the initial or professional level.  Students enrolled in programs that lead to New York State Certification are responsible for becoming knowledgeable about New York State Certification requirements and regulations. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) mandates teacher the certification requirements that are needed for program completion and graduation. These requirements are listed below.

General Core in Liberal Arts and Sciences.  NYSED requires that all students seeking initial certification complete coursework in Mathematics, Science, English, History, and Foreign Language.  The number of credits that candidates must complete in these areas varies, depending on certificate title and grade level.  These requirements must be satisfactorily met prior to degree conferral. For more information about these General Core Liberal Arts and Sciences requirements, please contact the Office of Teacher Education at 212.678.3502 or go to the Office of Teacher Education Website at  NYSED requires that all students seeking professional certification hold a valid New York State comparable teaching certificate in the same teaching certificate title and grade level. This requirement must be met prior to degree conferral.

Content Core.  NYSED specifies general Content Core requirements according to the certification area.  For example, students in the MA program in Mathematics that leads to initial certification (7-12) are required to be Mathematics majors at the undergraduate level or hold 30 credits in pure mathematics.  For more information about these content core requirements, please refer to the NYSED website, the Office of Teacher Education Website at or call the OTE Office at 212.678.3502.

Child Abuse Identification Workshop. Students may fulfill this requirement at Teachers College by taking a workshop offered through Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) in collaboration with the Office of Teacher Education.  For a list of dates and times, please go to the CPS Website at Students may also fulfill this requirement at Teachers College by taking HBSS4116, Health Education for Teachers, which is offered by the Department of Health and Behavior Studies.  Alternatively, students may opt to take an on-line or in-person workshop offered by approved NYSED vendors.  This requirement must be met prior to degree conferral. For information about these workshops, please go to

School Violence Intervention and Prevention Workshop. Students may fulfill this requirement at Teachers College by taking a workshop offered through Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) in collaboration with the Office of Teacher Education.  For a list of dates and times, please go to the CPS Website at Students may also fulfill this requirement at Teachers College by taking HBSS4116, Health Education for Teachers, which is offered by the Department of Health and Behavior Studies.  Alternatively, students may opt to take an on-line or in-person workshop offered by approved NYSED vendors.  This requirement must be met prior to degree conferral. For information about these workshops, please go to

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Workshop. Students may fulfill this requirement at Teachers College by taking a workshop offered through Continuing Professional Studies (CPS) in collaboration with the Office of Teacher Education.  For a list of dates and times, please go to the CPS Website at Students may also fulfill this requirement at Teachers College by taking HBSS4116, Health Education for Teachers, which is offered by the Department of Health and Behavior Studies.  This course may be offered on-line; however, to fulfill the DASA requirement, students must complete 3 hours of in-person preparation. In addition, a list of NYSED approved providers is available at  This requirement must be met prior to degree conferral.

Autism Workshop (only for students seeking certification in special education/teaching students with disabilities). Students fulfill this requirement at Teachers College by taking a course specified by their programs.

New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE):  Please see the chart below for exams required by certificate type. 

Initial Teaching

  • Educative Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA)
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • Content Specialty Tests (CST)

Initial School Building Leader

  • School Building Leader Assessment (SBL) Part I & Part II
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)

Professional School Building Leader

  • School District Leader Assessment (SDL) Part I & Part II
  • Educating All Students Test (EAS)
  • research and inquiry methods and the relationship between research and practice;
  • the continuum of lifelong learning and issues of professional concern;
  • subject-matter/disciplinary content;
  • learners and learning;
  • curriculum and teaching;
  • processes and strategies of effective communication and collaboration; and
  • foundations of democracy, equity, and schooling.


For more information regarding NYSTCE exam registration and schedules please see the NYSTCE website at:

For more information regarding NYSED exam requirements by certificate title and grade level, please see the NYSED website at:

Please note that Teachers College programs lead to New York State certification.  If you would like to seek certification in another state, please contact that state’s Department of Education regarding requirements.

Applying for Certification

Students who are in programs leading to teacher certification must complete a two-step process.

Step 1: Create a NYSED TEACH account, and apply and pay for the teaching certificate(s) via the NYSED TEACH online system at:

Step 2: Submit a completed Institutional Recommendation Data Form (IRDF) to the OTE. The IRDF can be found on the OTE website at:

Once all requirements have been met, and the Office of the Registrar has notified the Office of Teacher Education that candidates have been cleared for graduation, TC’s Certification Officers will electronically submit the institutional recommendation for certification via the NYSED-TEACH online system.

Students who are in the Literacy Specialist, Reading Specialist programs must provide proof of either completion an approved teacher preparation program or holding a valid teaching certificate. Students who are in the Summer Principals Academy program must provide proof of teacher certification and hold a minimum of three (3) years of full-time classroom teaching/PPS experience.  If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the Office of Teacher Education at 212.678.3502 or

Teacher Education Standards at Teachers College

Consistent with the College’s long tradition of serving the needs of urban and suburban schools in the United States and around the world, the vision and purpose of professional education at Teachers College is to establish and maintain programs of study, service, and research that prepare competent, caring, and qualified professional educators (teachers, counselors, psychologists, administrators and others). This vision is based on three shared philosophical stances that underlie and infuse the work we do:

Inquiry stance: We are an inquiry-based and practice-oriented community. We and our students and graduates challenge assumptions and complacency, and embrace a stance of inquiry toward the interrelated roles of learner, teacher, and leader in P-12 schools.

Curricular stance: Negotiating among multiple perspectives on culture, content, and context, our graduates strive to meet the needs of diverse learners, both students and other adults, in their school communities.

Social justice stance: Our graduates choose to collaborate across differences in and beyond their school communities. They demonstrate a commitment to social justice and to serving the world while imagining its possibilities.

Expectations of Teacher Education Candidates at Teachers College

Our candidates are inquirers/researchers who have breadth of knowledge and a variety of tools to ask questions about educational environments. They reflect on and continually evaluate the effects of their choices on others (children, families, and other professionals in the learning community).

Lifelong Learners:  Our candidates are continually engaged in learning and research. They take responsibility for their professional growth and seek/create learning opportunities for themselves and others.

Learner-Centered Educators:  Our candidates understand their subject matter/disciplines, learners and learning, and curriculum and teaching. They create learning experiences that foster development and achievement in all students.

Effective Collaborators:  Our candidates actively participate in the community or communities of which they are a part to support students’ learning and well being.

Advocates of Social Justice and Diversity:  Our candidates are familiar with legal, ethical and policy issues. They provide leadership in advocating for children, families, and themselves in a variety of professional, political, and policy-making contexts.

Expectations of Teacher Preparation Programs at Teachers College

Teachers College programs preparing teachers and other professional school personnel ensure that candidates have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for effective teaching. By the conclusion of the program, candidates demonstrate:

Knowledge and Understanding of:

Skills in:

  • self-critique and reflection;
  • use of research and inquiry methods and application of research to practice;
  • planning, implementation, and evaluation of professional growth;
  • planning, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum/services;
  • communication and collaboration; and
  • addressing inequalities in the classroom, school and society.

Dispositions/Commitments to:

  • inquiry and reflection;
  • the profession, ethics, and lifelong learning leadership;
  • the fullest possible growth and development of all students;
  • cooperation and collaboration; and
  • social justice and diversity.

Peace Corps Fellows Program

The Peace Corps Fellows Program recruits outstanding Returned Peace Corps Volunteer educators who are passionate about making long-term commitments to teach in New York City’s public schools. Since 1985, the program has recruited and prepared more than 750 urban educators. As the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows (formerly Fellows/USA) flagship teacher preparation program, we provide full scholarships covering all tuition expenses. Upon completion of our 13-week Intensive Summer Institute, new Jaffe Peace Corps Fellows teach full-time as salaried teachers of record in NYC public schools for a minimum of three years. All related Master's degree requirements are completed at Teachers College within two to three years. We prepare teachers for a variety of grade levels and subject areas. For more information, please review the Program website or call 212-678-6622.

Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOCII)

The Teacher Opportunity Corps (TOCII) program is a New York State Education Department grant funded program designed to increase the number of New York State teachers from underrepresented backgrounds. To be eligible for TOC II at TC, candidates must be New York State residents who are enrolled in a TC teacher education program that leads to certification.  Participants are provided with tuition assistance for coursework at Teachers College in addition to a generous travel stipend.  All participants engage in a 10 month internship from September-June at one of our local partnership schools, seminars with renowned TC faculty who are committed to culturally sustaining pedagogies, and professional development opportunities that suit the needs and inquiries of the TOC cohort. 

Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC2)

This 18 month intensive, full-time program prepares teachers for public, high-need, urban schools in New York City. With support from the U.S. Department of Education, the Teaching Residents at Teachers College (TR@TC2) program was developed to ensure that teaching residents receive extraordinary preparation and multiple supports, while enrolled in a Master’s degree program leading to initial NYS teaching certification. Teaching Residents receive a stipend and a generous scholarship; upon graduation, students benefit from induction support for at least two years, while they fulfill their commitment to teach in a high-need urban school in New York City for a minimum of three years. For more information please visit:

Computing and Information Services

Computing and Information Services (CIS) is a consultative information technology organization responsible for academic and college technology.  These services include:

  1. Application development and operations
    1. Cloud services
    2. High performance computing (HPC)
  2. Classroom technology and event audio visual services
  3. Network infrastructure including  data, voice, video, wired and wireless networks.
  4. Service Desk for students, faculty, and staff
  5. Computer labs, video production studios and post production.

The Policy on Acceptable Use of Information Technology Resources at TC is listed on the Policies and Procedures Section of this catalogue and can be found online in the Teachers College Policy Library.

Email Accounts

Teachers College has established email as the official means of communication with students.  Students are required to activate their Columbia University Network ID (UNI) and should follow the Checklist for New Students .

The UNI is also required to log into computers in the student labs, student lounge, and kiosks located in the halls of Teachers College and the myTC portal. The myTC portal also includes access to Columbia libraries and databases, course management systems and TC Apps. TC Gmail accounts are kept for life after graduation. If a student does not register again but does not graduate, the TC Gmail account stays active for 3 more semesters. More information on the Columbia University Network Identifier can be found on the Columbia University Information Technology page:

If you are also an employee, please note that any access to employment-related email or other resources is discontinued on the last day of employment for the particular office.

Teachers College expects every student to receive email at their Teachers College email address and to read email frequently and consistently. A student’s failure to receive and read College communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications.  Students may redirect (auto-forward) email sent to their Teachers College email address to another email address, unless they are also employees of the College and have access to confidential College information. However, students who redirect email from their official College email address to another address do so at their own risk. If email is lost as a result of forwarding, it does not absolve the student from the responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official College email address.

The complete policy can be viewed at: Email Use Policy.

Campus Network

Data, voice, and video outlets as well as wireless access are found in every classroom and office on the main portion of the campus. Student residences are served by wired access.

Teachers College Computing Access

Wireless access is available throughout the academic buildings and in common areas of the student residence halls. Those connecting personal computers to the College network are required to maintain current virus protection and device certificates, which can be done by downloading software from the myTC portal at no cost. They are also required to maintain current security by configuring Windows, Mac OS, IOS, and Android systems for automatic updates.

The Student Computing Support Center in 242 Horace Mann has 70 workstations and consulting support. It provides students with PCs and Macs, software, printers and other peripherals. This laboratory is open daily. The Center’s software library includes PC and Mac programs such as MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite (Design Premium),  statistical analysis, e.g. SPSS, R (and R Studio) SAS, STATA, EQS, HLM, MPlus, Latent Gold, Matlab, WinSteps/FACETS, NVivo, ArcGIS, Inspiration, Kidspiration, InspireData, Mathematica, Comic Life, Smart Notebook, and Food Processor SQL. McAfee virus protection is licensed by the College for all students, faculty and staff to download for their home computers. Several software applications including MS Office, SPSS, R, Endnote, a bibliographic database program, Matlab, a quantitative analysis program, and NVIVO, a qualitative analysis program are also available through site licenses for home use. Downloads are accessed via the web at myTC portal. Computer classrooms with workstations at each seat in 345 Macy (see below) are available for open use when not scheduled for instruction.

Email and local websites can also be accessed from the kiosks located in corridors, Everett Lounge, and ground floors of campus buildings.

The Gottesman Libraries have more than 70 public workstations connected to the Internet. An adaptive technology facility is located in 301 Zankel Hall.  We are also requiring vendors as of June 2016 to provide the college with Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs) in order to meet the minimum requirements for accessibility on the Teachers College campus.

Teachers College Printing Access

Printers are available for students using the TC printing system in the Student Computing Support Center in 242HM, the computer classrooms in 345 Macy, the Everett Student Lounge, the cafeteria and the Whittier resident Hall 10th floor computer lab.  Students can print 20 double sided pages per week at no cost and can purchase additional pages at 5 cents per page black & white and 50 cents per page for color. For volume printing, we recommend using TC Business Services (located in Zankel 34).
There are also two Columbia printers located in the Gottesman libraries which provide students with 20 double sided pages per week at no cost (in addition to the Teachers College printing system) with the option to purchase additional pages also at  at 5 cents per page black & white.  For volume printing, we recommend using TC Business Services (located in Zankel 34).

TC Apps

TC Apps is a collection of integrated applications available through a sign-on to myTC. These include Google Apps for Education, Learning management systems Moodle, Canvas and BlackBoard, Mahara for ePortfolios, and Alfresco for managing files.

Other online resources include Qualtrics, an online survey platform which is available to students and faculty for use in creating, administering, and reporting on surveys. CIS provides both video-conferencing and a web-based conferencing application called WebEx, which provides desktop audio and video conferencing along with application sharing for those who can’t meet in the same physical space. All members of the community have access to for learning a wide range of technology programs, and to Gartner research.  The college owns an island called TC Educator in the virtual world of Second Life, where classes are held and simulations and other exciting new pedagogies are being explored (see Recordings of College events and other interesting digital content from Teachers College are available through the Apple iTunes U store site (see Class sessions can be recorded through Tegrity lecture capture by request of the instructor to Media Services. Student access to these recordings is through the Learning Management Systems.

TC Course/Learning Management Systems

Moodle is TC’s main course management system, and it is integrated with TC Apps.  In addition, the college is experimenting with Instructure’s Canvas platform.  Systems include features such as syllabi, course materials, announcements, online discussions video and chat sessions.  These systems are used by TC onsite and online courses.

Multi-media Classrooms

All of our 65 classrooms have dedicated equipment such as PC’s, Macs, projectors and document cameras. Six classrooms are outfitted with interactive whiteboards, similar to those often found in K-12 classrooms. Many of the rooms are set up with cameras and software for asynchronous, synchronous and collaboration.  Mobile multimedia, laptop and iPad carts are available for use in rooms which do not have dedicated equipment. Several new classrooms were built to provide experimentation spaces with state of the art active learning technologies.  The lessons learned through the use of these spaces resulted in the design that is being used for ongoing classroom renovations.  The rooms are equipped for video conferencing and lecture capture, with touch LCD panels, and the ability to easily share content among room participants including use of personal mobile devices.  There is flexible seating to easily move from lecture to group work, and plenty of white board surfaces including the tables.  


Training workshops are scheduled throughout the year on the use of Google apps and word processing, spreadsheets, social networking media, web publishing, statistical analysis surveys with Qualtrics, and video creation. New workshops focusing on design for online teaching and learning provide a resource for both faculty and students.  In addition to workshops, individual and online training using is also available. The workshop schedule may be found on the Technology homepage.

Enrollment Systems

Students are able to register, drop and add classes, check financial aid, academic history and current grades or pay by ACH via the web portal at myTC portal.   

TC Mobile

The new mobile app gives you a single interactive portal for Teachers College services, from the telephone directory to e-mail and course scheduling.  Your one mobile place for all things Teachers College.  The app is available for IOS and Android devices.