Frequently Asked Questions about the Heads of Schools Program 

Who is eligible to apply?

Current Heads of independent and international schools who are remaining in their position are eligible to apply. Given the goals of the program, we do not accept applications from departmental or division heads, such as Upper School Head. We also do not accept applications from leaders of charter schools.

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When does the program meet and for how long?

The 2020 program will be held at Teachers College in New York City from Sunday, January 26, - Friday, February 7, 2020.  Participants must attend all days of the program.

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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 website. There is an application fee of $65 USD.

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What is the admission deadline?

The application deadline has been extended to May 15, 2019.

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

A fellowship is a merit-based scholarship. All accepted heads receive a fellowship that covers the costs of tuition and accommodation and some rewarding social events. Meals, travel to New York City and daily transportation to and from Teachers College are not included.

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Is housing available?

The Klingenstein Center provides accommodations in a New York City hotel for the cohort participants. We cannot accommodate family members.

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When will I be notified of an admission decision?

Admissions decisions will be available in June.  Applicants will need to log in to the application system to view decision letters.

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Are there special requirements for international applicants?


  • 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 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 for detailed information. 

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May I submit letters of recommendation?

Yes. You may submit letters, but they are not required for this program. We do require you to provide the name and contact information of one member of your administrative team who can serve as a reference should we contact them.

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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 Heads of Schools Fellowship is an official academic course of Columbia University's Teachers College. Upon successful completion of the program, which includes project work and a written paper, participants earn three points of graduate credit from Teachers College. Official transcripts may be requested from the Registrar’s Office.

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