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? Will it be face-to-face or virtual?

In 2021, the Klingenstein Summer Institute will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 7 through Wednesday, July 21. KSI has traditionally been an intensive residential program - a format which may still be unwise or unsafe this summer. Making an early decision to hold this program virtually allows the faculty ample time to plan for meaningful synchronous and asynchronous learning and community-building modules that keep the content and spirit of the in-person KSI experience in the online format. It also ensures that applicants have full information about the program when they apply. 

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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 closed. The KSI 2022 applications will be due by January 15, 2022. See the Application Process & Deadlines page for more information.

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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. When the program is held-face-to-face, room and board is include in the fellowship but travel to and from site where the Institute is held is not included. Your school may choose to support your fellowship by covering your transportation costs when applicable.

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Is housing available?

When the institute is held in person, 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. 

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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. 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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