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What will I learn?

1. Coursework (at least 90 graduate level points, including up to 45 transferred credits).

Ed.D. coursework falls into four broad areas:

Area 1: Core Courses (12 credits)

· ITSF 6580: Advanced Seminar in Comparative Education

· ITSF 6581: Advanced Seminar in International Educational Development

· Choose two other ITSF courses (approved by the advisor)

Area 2: Concentration (at least 27 credits)

· Courses counting towards the concentration must be advisor-approved.

· In some cases, transferred credits may be applied in this area.

Area 3: Trans cultural/Area Studies/Research Methods (at least 27 credits)

· At least 6 credits must be in research methods

· Other Area 3 courses must come from at least two of the following categories: topics, professional skills, and internship/practicum

· In some cases, transferred credits may be applied in this area.

· In some cases, language credits may be applied in this area. Please check with the Registrar for restrictions on applying language credits

Area 4: Broad & Basic/Electives (at least 24 credits)

· Can include courses dealing with the nature of education, the nature of a person’s learning processes, and the methods of evaluation and research

· Can include courses that do not fit into any of the previous categories such as courses in related scholarly disciplines, and/or those which give an understanding of the functions of related specialties.

2. Departmental certification examination

· Students complete their certification exam (AM) by the end of their first year in the program. The exam is integrated with the Advanced Seminar and includes two parts: one completed in the fall semester and one completed in the spring. Students must be authorized by ODS to take this exam;

3. Specialization examination

· Each professional specialization has different examination requirements. Students must register for the exam with ODS during the first week of the semester and should consult the main advisor for more information.

4. Defense of a dissertation proposal

· The dissertation proposal defense requires two readers. The advisor/sponsor is the first reader, and students are responsible for finding a second reader appropriate for the concentration

5. Program Plan

· Download the document "Ed.D. Program Plan Form" from the ODS website. Students should complete the Program Plan and obtain the advisor's signature on the form. This should be done by the time of the proposal hearing.

6. Ed.D. Certification

· Once students have 1) completed most of the required coursework, 2) passed the department exam, the specialization exam, and the proposal hearing, 3) received IRB approval for the dissertation research, and 4) submitted the approved program plan, students are eligible for Ed.D. certification. This process must be completed through the ICE program office with the assistance of the ICE program assistant.

7. Fieldwork Outside of the United States

· Students who are conducting fieldwork outside of the United States may register for ITSF 6200 for one or two semesters. This is a 0-credit course. If this course will be taken, it should be included in the program plan.

8. Preparation and defense of a research dissertation

· All Ed.D. students must registered for ITSF8900, Doctoral Dissertation Advisement, after the Dissertation Proposal Hearing or the submission of the Recommendation for Certification to the Office of Doctoral Studies, whichever comes first. Students who are unable to receive advisement may be eligible for a wavier

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,736.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must hold equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet based (IBT), 600 paper-base exam (PBT) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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