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What will I learn?

Required courses include:

A&HE 4057 English methods (3)
A&HE 4058 Teaching of reading (3)
A&HE 4151 Teaching of writing (3)*
A&HE 5518 Teaching English in diverse social and cultural contexts (2-3)**

*Taken as a 6 credit block with A&HE 4156, Writing: Nonfiction

**A&HE 5518 meets both the College-wide and the New York State diversity requirements.

In addition, students must choose at least one topic-specific methods course, such as:

A&HE 4050 Literature and teaching (3)
A&HE 4152 Literacies and technologies in the secondary English classroom (3)
A&HE 4550 Teaching of poetry (3)

As a part of the M.A. program, students also must fulfill a Content requirement. Content coursework consists of one course in writing and one course in literature. Courses may include the following:


A&HE 4156 Writing: Nonfiction (3)
A&HE 4561 Teaching narrative and story (3)


A&HE 4050 Literature and teaching (3)
A&HE 4053 Cultural perspectives and literature (3)

Foundations/Breadth Requirement

Foundations courses are intended to broaden students’ knowledge of the history of education, philosophies of education, and educational issues and practices beyond their particular area of concentration. All students must take at least 6 points of such courses (courses in Teachers College not designated “A&HE”) in close consultation with their advisors and with the TC Office of Teacher Education (for those students enrolled in programs leading to certification). Foundations credits must be used to meet the New York State requirements for classes in History/Philosophy of Education, Disabilities/Special Education, and Human Development/Psychology if these have not been taken in previous college-level coursework. These courses may be taken as pass/fail.


Electives provide students the opportunity to explore particular interests as they design their own programs in consultation with an academic faculty advisor. Students whose program permits room for electives may take any graduate-level courses at Teachers College or Columbia University.

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of 34 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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