Transfer Credits

Transfer Credits


The Office of the Registrar manages transfer credit. The Transfer Credit Coordinator facilitates the process of transferring graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions outside of Teachers College that was completed prior to enrolling at TC. Students eligible to transfer credit must apply to have credits from previous graduate coursework transferred toward their Teachers College degree. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Transfer Credit Coordinator and the student's faculty advisor.  Please read the information below and visit our other pages for more information regarding eligibility and the transfer credit process and application.

Any student who has completed graduate level course work outside of Teachers College and is enrolled in an Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T., Ph.D., Ed.M., or M.S. program is eligible to transfer credit with a few exceptions*.  MA students are NOT eligible to transfer credit. 

In order for a course to be eligible to transfer, completed coursework must be graduate level and have not been applied toward a completed bachelors degree.  The course grade awarded must be a "B" or better. Eligible courses are not guaranteed  to transfer.  A student's faculty advisor reviews eligible credits and approves transfer credit based on course content and applicability to your program of study at Teachers College.  

*The only MS programs that allow transfer credit are (1) Math Education, and (2) Teacher Education in Science.

The outline below is intended to provide an overview of the transfer credit process. The length of the process varies depending on numerous factors including whether we have final official transcripts on file from your previous institutions and your availability to meet with your advisor.

  1. Student completes the online Transfer Credit Application
  2. The Transfer Credit Coordinator determines which courses are eligible for transfer credit.
  3. The Transfer Credit Coordinator sends the paperwork to the student's program for a second review.  The student will be notified via email when the paperwork has been received by the program.
  4. The faculty advisor chooses which of the eligible courses are approved for transfer credit.  Faculty advisors evaluate for content, and determine which courses are relevant to the student's program of study at Teachers College.  The faculty advisor can award up to the maximum number allowed for the degree type, some, or none of the eligible transfer credits.
  5. The faculty advisor returns the paperwork to the Transfer Credit Coordinator in Office of the Registrar.
  6. The Transfer Credit Coordinator emails the student and faculty advisor a copy of the official award letter and chart.  The award chart will outline the courses that have transferred and the number of credits awarded for each course.  The award chart will not outline course equivalencies.  This is an academic decision that should be discussed with your faculty advisor.

Please note:  Your transfer credit award chart will be added to your file in the Registrar's Office, and approved transfer credits will appear on your Teachers College transcript.

Please complete the online transfer credit application:

Transfer Credit Application

Transfer Credit Coordinator
525 West 120th Street
Box 311
New York, New York 10027
Phone: (212) 678-4050
Email: tctransfer@tc.columbia.edu

Paperwork can be dropped off at the Office of the Registrar
Thorndike Hall, 3rd Floor
Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Summer Hours:

Monday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

What is transfer credit?

Transfer credit is receiving credit towards your Teachers College degree by transferring in graduate level coursework completed outside of Teachers College.

 

Who is eligible for transfer credit?

Any student who completed graduate level coursework outside of Teachers College at a regionally accredited institution prior to enrolling at TC, and is enrolled in an Ed.D., Ed.D.C.T., Ph.D., Ed.M., or M.S. program is eligible to transfer credit with a few exceptions*.  MA students are NOT eligible to transfer credit. 

* The only MS programs that allow transfer credit are (1) Math Education, and (2) Teacher Education in Science. 

 

When should I apply for transfer credit?

Students entering in the Fall or Summer should apply for transfer credit after they have been admitted to Teachers College and before the October 15 deadline.  Students entering in the Spring should apply for transfer credit after they have been admitted to Teachers College and before the February 15 deadline.

 

How do I apply for transfer credit?

Complete the online Transfer Credit Application

 

How many credits can I transfer to Teachers College?

Below is the maximum number of credits that can be transferred in each degree.
00 - Master of Arts (M.A.)
30 - Master of Science (M.S.)
30 - Master of Education (Ed.M./M.E.)
30 - Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
45 - Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

 

Do credits need to meet certain requirements to transfer?

Yes. Only graduate courses which have been (1) completed with grades of B or higher, (2) submitted on an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution, and (3) granted/assigned graduate credit on the transcript of that institution, may be considered for transfer credit.  For educational institutions located outside of the United States or Canada, a course-by-course evaluation from an approved agency is required.  The evaluation must state that the institution is accredited and approved by the home country's department or ministry of education, and that the coursework completed was graduate level work.

 

What if I received a grade of "P" for Pass? Is that course eligible for transfer credit?

If you received a "P" as a final grade, the course is not eligible for transfer credit unless you provide additional documentation from the registrar stating that the course was only offered on a pass/fail basis. 

 

If my credits meet the above requirements am I guaranteed that my credits will transfer?

No.  Your faculty advisor will review your eligible credits for course content and applicability to your academic program.  Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the Transfer Credit Coordinator and the student's faculty advisor.

 

I am a current TC student, can I take a course outside of TC and transfer in the credits I earned?

No. Transfer credit it for credit earned prior to enrolling at TC.  It is the schools expectation that once you enroll at TC you will complete your coursework here.

 

If I previously earned credit at Teachers College do I need to apply for transfer credit?

No, Teachers College courses are not considered transfer credit.  If you would like to apply credits earned before enrolling as a degree seeking student, or earned for one degree or program toward a second degree or program this would be an academic decision made by your advisor.  Please reference the General Residence Requirements in the Academic Catalog for information on credit requirements for competing more than one degree at TC.

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