Teachers College, Columbia University, sometimes called Columbia University Teachers College, is a private university that serves as a graduate school. It offers degree programs at the graduate level in education, psychology, health and similar fields. Founded in 1887 as the Industrial Education Association, it took over the operations and classes offered by the former Kitchen Education Association. That association hoped to find new ways to educating kids and creating new toys for young girls. The new school changed its name to the New York School for the Training of Teachers as a way to reflect that it would now offer more classes for future teachers. It operated under that name for just a few years before becoming the Teachers College. Its early programs focused on training teachers to work with students living in poorer areas of the city that did not have many education opportunities available to them. The school became an affiliate of Columbia University near the end of the 20th century and became the official Graduate School of the university.
This school was unique because it was one of the first in the country to require that students take courses on learning theories and applications. Students learned how to motivate their students and how issues like problems at home and sociological issues affected their learning. U.S. News & World Report ranked Teachers College, Columbia University as the top graduate school for education students for several years and ranked it within the top 10 of all schools in the country for 2018. The affiliation that it has with Columbia allows all graduates to earn a degree from Columbia University.
Columbia University Teachers College Accreditation Details
Teachers College, Columbia University has the regional accreditation that the government and Department of Education requires for anyone seeking federal financial aid, including both loans and grants. This is a type of regional accreditation and comes from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) also accredited the university’s programs that prepare teachers. Some of the specialized accreditation that this university holds comes from professional agencies associated with specific areas of study. The American Psychological Association (APA), Council on Education of the Death (CED), American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASLHA) and Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) all accredited some of the programs offered by this university too.
Columbia University Teachers College Application Requirements
Though the college has an application deadline, the deadline varies based on when students want to enroll. Those applying to start in the fall can submit an application by the early deadline of January 15 to get a response faster or by the last deadline of April 15. There isn’t an early deadline for those who want to start in the spring, but those students must submit their applications by November 1. The college will typically notify students within a month of receiving their applications. Some programs offered by this college have a rolling admissions policy and no deadlines.
The application process used by the school includes an online application that all students must complete and submit. They will use the same account information used on that application to submit all other required documents. The college asks for a statement of purpose that must be at least two pages long but no more than three pages and cover the reasons why the student picked a specific program and his or her experience. Students must also submit a resume, two letters of recommendation and an official college transcript. The college may ask for an academic writing sample and/or an official GRE test score too.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The cost of attending the Teachers College, Columbia University varies based on how many credits the students takes in a semester. A full-time student must take at least 12 credits, which will cost around $19,000 a semester. Those students must also pay fees and purchase health insurance through the university. That brings the cost up to around $20,000 a year. Those covered under a parent’s insurance policy and those who have their own insurance pay less. Students taking less credits do not need to purchase health insurance. They can take up to nine credits for around $14,500 a semester.
Teachers College, Columbia University recommends that students apply for financial aid via the FAFSA before looking at any other funding sources. The FAFSA determines whether they qualify for grants or loans. Students can sign up for a government program that gives them money for college in exchange for them working in underprivileged areas for a set period of time later. The college has fellowships as well as assistantships available for students too. Students can work as an RA or a TA for the school and get tuition assistance as well as a stipend.
Master of Arts in Teaching in Applied Behavior Analysis
Columbia University, Teachers College offers a Master of Arts in Teaching with an Applied Behavior Analysis area of emphasis. Graduates will meet the requirements to sit for one of the exams offered by the Center for Applied Behavior Analysis (CABA). The CABA offers exams for those who want to become a Behavior Analyst Teacher or Behavior Analyst Master Teacher. This program focuses on ABA therapy and how that type of therapy can help children with certain disorders like autism. It also provides students with the training needed to train other analysts as well as parents on how to work with children. The program features 45 credits, and some of those credits will transfer to the doctoral program offered by the university and similar programs available through other school. Graduates can also get teacher certification in New York and 30 other states that will qualify them to work with kids up through the sixth grade.
In addition to core teaching courses required for MA in Teaching students, these students will also need to take eight classes on ABA topics. The college offers three ABA specific courses that include one on applying programs for these students in the field. There are also three courses on teaching literacy to elementary school students and a student teaching component. Columbia University, Teachers College also requires that ABA students take a course on the ethical and professional issues they may face in the field.