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

When does the next cohort start?

Applications for the 2021-2023 cohort are closed. The next available cohort will begin the summer of 2023 and will graduate in the spring of 2025.

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Will Summer 2021 classes be in-person or online?

Classes during the two summers of the program are usually held face-to-face at Teachers College, meeting from approximately 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for five weeks beginning in late June. Should the health and safety concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to render in-person courses in New York City unwise, Teachers College, Columbia University will make a determination regarding continuing remote learning. Professors teaching in the Klingenstein Center's graduate programs are fully prepared for both remote and in-person scenarios. You can monitor announcements from Teachers College regarding COVID-19 response on the Teachers College Preparedness page.

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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. 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?

Priority deadline: November 1, even-numbered years
Final deadline: January 15, odd-numbered years
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How much is tuition?

The cost of tuition and fees is for the 2021-2023 estimated at $58,000. This cost is divided into five equal installments for each semester of the program. This cost does not include housing, travel, books, or other incidentals. An exact amount for tuition and fees will be provided soon.

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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 will receive notification in March. 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.

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Is an interview a required component of the application?

No. An interview is not a part of the application process. While the Klingenstein Center usually welcomes visits from prospective students, in-person visits are not possible during Fall 2020 while Teachers College is primarily online during the pandemic. Please email us to arrange online opportunities to learn more about Teachers College and the Klingenstein Center.

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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. No transfer credits from previous graduate work outside Teachers College can be applied to the M.A.

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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