Frequently Asked Questions about the Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers

Who is eligible to apply?

Candidates must have 2-5 years of full-time teaching experience and a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. They must be teaching in an independent or international school at the time of their application and be planning to teach in one the following school year.

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What are Curriculum Groups

While at KSI, student work in curriculum groups, groups of educators who teach the same subject area.  As part of the application process, applicants select one or more curriculum groups.  The groups include Elementary Education, History, English, Science, Mathematics, Modern and Classical Languages, Arts, and Experiential Education (Outdoor Ed, PE, Place-based Education, Engineering, etc).  Applicants who select more than one group will have an option to express an order of preference and explain.

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How long is the program and when does it meet?

Dates for KSI 2021 will be posted when the application opens in October. Please note that absences are not permitted, so you must be available for the entire program and attend all sessions.

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How do I apply?

For detailed information on the application process, please see the Application Process & Deadlines page for the program. Applications are submitted online through the Teachers College Admissions website.

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When are the admissions deadlines?

Applications for KSI 2021 are due by January 15, 2021. See the Application Process & Deadlines page for more information and to start your application.

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What is a fellowship? Are scholarships or financial aid available?

The Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career teachers is a merit-based fellowship. All participants receive a full scholarship that covers the costs of tuition and room and board. Travel to and from site where the Institute is held is not included of the fellowship, but your school may choose to support your fellowship by covering your transportation costs. 

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Is housing available?

All participants are housed in the dormitories of the host school at no cost as part of the fellowship.

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When will I be notified of an admissions decision?

Notifications of admissions decisions are sent via email by mid-April. Eligible candidates who are not admitted are encouraged to reapply for the following year. Summer Institute admission cannot be deferred.  Students are expected to attend all day and evening sessions of the program.

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Are there special requirements for international applicants?


  • International applicants 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 via WES or ECE. 
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree was from an international institution where the language of instruction was not English may be required to achieve a successful score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Please see the Teachers College application instructions for international students.

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May I submit additional recommendation forms?

Three letters of recommendation are included in the application. Additional recommendations can be sent via email to

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Is an interview a required component of the application?

An interview is not required.

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Why am I applying to Teachers College? Will I earn graduate credit?

The Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers is an official academic course of Columbia University's Teachers College. Beginning in Summer of 2020, students who successfully complete the program will earn four points of graduate credit from Teachers College. Official transcripts may be requested from the Registrar's Office.

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