Frequently Asked Questions about the  Two-Summers Master's Program 

When does the next cohort start?

The next available cohort will begin the summer of 2021 and will graduate in the spring of 2023.   Applications for the 2019-2021 cohort have closed.  To be notified when applications for the 2021-2023 cohort begin, please complete the Contact Us form and specify "Two Summers 2021-2023"

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Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates with at least three years of full-time work experience in a public, private, independent, charter, or international schools are eligible. Candidates must currently be working in an independent or international school and planning to work in one during the school year between the two summers of the program and during the school year after the second summer of the program. Candidates with questions about their eligibility should contact the Klingenstein Center.

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How do I apply?

The Klingenstein Center is part of Teachers College, Columbia University. Candidates who wish to apply to master’s degree programs submit an application via the Teachers College Admissions Office. For detailed information on the application process, please review the Application Process and Deadlines page for the program. 

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When are the admissions deadlines?

The deadlines will be confirmed when the application launches.  To be notified with the application opens, please complete the Contact Us form and specify "Two-Summers Program."
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How much is tuition

For the 2019-2021 cohort, tuition and fees total $55,966. This cost is divided into five equal installments for each semester of the program (Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020).  Tuition and fees for the 2021-2023 cohort will be published when the application for that program opens.

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Are scholarships or financial aid available?

Yes. Thanks to alumni support of the annual Scholars Fund and the generosity of foundations and the Klingenstein family, many students receive aid. The Klingenstein Center has generous scholarship funds and awards over $1 million annually to support students across its programs. Klingenstein Scholarships are need and merit-based; visit the Funding Your Education page for more information.

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Is housing available?

Yes. Housing is available for full-time summer graduate students through the Office of Residential Services, Teachers College, Columbia University. Applicants are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing as as the application opens. Visit the Summer Conference Housing page for more information.

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When will I be notified of an admissions decision?

Applicants who submit their application by the priority deadline will receive notification in January.  Applicants who submit their application after the priority deadline but before the final deadline will receive notification by March 20.  Notifications of admissions decisions are sent via email by the Teachers College Office of Admissions. If you have questions or concerns about the timing of your admissions decision, please contact the Klingenstein Center.

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Are there special requirements for international applicants?

Yes. International applicants are encouraged to carefully review the International Applicants section of the Teachers College Admissions website.

  • International students must hold the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree in order to be eligible for admission to Teachers College. Transcripts must be submitted for an equivalency evaluation. 
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree was from an international institution where instruction was in a language other than English may be required to achieve a successful score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam.
  • International students may need to obtain a visa to study in the United States.

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May I submit additional letters of reference?

Yes. It is fine to submit additional letters of reference from colleagues and Klingenstein alumni who know your work from a variety of perspectives. You are required to submit two letters with your application and may send a third letter through the online application system. Please have any additional letters of recommendation sent directly to the Klingenstein Center.

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Is an interview a required component of the application?

No. An interview is not a part of the application process, but the Klingenstein Center welcomes visits from prospective students. Email the Center to schedule your visit.

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Can I transfer credits from previous graduate work?

An M.A. degree is awarded upon completion of a 32-credit program at Teachers College that does not include any transfer credits from previous graduate work outside Teachers College.

Students with previous graduate work can earn an Ed.M. degree by transferring a maximum of 28 qualified credits. Students are required to complete the Teachers College paperwork for review and approval of transfer credits. Please note that 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 credit on the transcript of that institution, may be considered for transfer credit.

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