Teachers College, Columbia University
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|Endowment||US$200 million |
|Location||New York, New York, USA|
Teachers College, Columbia University (sometimes referred to simply as Teachers College; also referred to as Teachers College of Columbia University or the Columbia University Graduate School of Education) is a graduate school of education located in New York City, New York, United States. It was founded in 1887 and has been affiliated with Columbia University and a faculty of the University since 1898.
Teachers College was founded in 1880 by the philanthropist Grace Hoadley Dodge and philosopher Nicholas Murray Butler to provide schooling for the teachers of the poor children of New York City. The curriculum combined a humanitarian concern to help others with a scientific approach to human development. Beginning as a school to prepare home economists and manual art teachers for the children of the poor, the College affiliated with Columbia University in 1898 as the University's Graduate School of Education. Unlike normal schools, after 1893 Teachers College required all students to have a high school diploma. Its professional teacher education was considered the equivalent of the junior and senior years of college. Many early students who lacked preparation for the advanced coursework first took introductory liberal arts classes, often at Barnard College.
The founders early recognized that professional teachers need reliable knowledge about the conditions under which children learn most effectively. As a result, the College's program from the start included such fundamental subjects as educational psychology and educational sociology. The founders also insisted that education must be combined with clear ideas about ethics and the nature of a good society; consequently programs were developed in the history of education and in comparative education. As the number of school children increased during the twentieth century, the problems of managing the schools became ever more complex. The college took on the challenge and instituted programs of study in areas of administration, economics, and politics. Other programs developed in such emerging fields as clinical and counseling psychology, organizational psychology, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, curriculum development, instructional technology, media studies and school health care.
Teachers College was home to the experimental New College for the Education of Teachers (or simply New College) a progressive undergraduate college that existed from 1932 to 1939. The college used the same facilities as Teachers College at the Morningside Heights campus, additionally the college had learning communities established in North Carolina, Georgia, and abroad in foreign study groups. Using innovative ideas such as extended foreign study, community-based active research, and authentic assessment, a portfolio-based undergraduate learning curriculum was developed which rejected traditional summative grades or the accumulation of credits as the basis of degree completion. This was truly a “learn by doing” experience. The college was closed due to a combination of growing financial deficits and student activism in 1939. The college was founded by Dr. Richard Thomas Alexander.
Teachers College has played a role in curriculum reform efforts, such as during the "New Math" movement of the 1960s with its Secondary School Mathematics Curriculum Improvement Study program.
According to its president, Teachers College, Columbia University provides solutions to the difficult problems of urban education, reaffirming its original mission in providing a new kind of education for those left most in need by society or circumstance. The college continues its collaborative research with urban and suburban school systems that strengthen teaching in such fundamental areas as reading, writing, science, mathematics, and the arts; prepares leaders to develop and administer psychological and health care programs in schools, hospitals and community agencies; and advances technology for the classroom, developing new teaching software and keeping teachers abreast of new developments. Teachers College also houses a wide range of applied psychology degrees, including one of the nation's leading programs in Organizational Psychology.
It also houses the programs in Anthropology (Anthropology and Education, and Applied Anthropology—the latter with the Anthropology Department of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Columbia, originally founded by Franz Boas). It was foundational in the development of the field of Anthropology and Education. By the 1930s, Teachers College had begun to offer courses in anthropology as part of the foundations of education. By 1948 Margaret Mead started what would be a long association with Teachers College where she taught until the early 1970s. In 1953 Solon Kimball joined the faculty. In 1954 nine professors (including Mead and Solon Kimball) came together to discuss the topic. In the 1960s, these people formed the Council on Anthropology and Education within the American Anthropological Association, and it is still considered as the leading organization in the field.
Teachers College also operates the Community English Program, a year-round English-Language school open to all English-Language learners in the New York City area. Classes are taught by Teachers College students who are pursuing graduate degrees in the field of ESL instruction.
While the name Teachers College reflects a dedication to producing quality teachers, less than one-third of Teachers College students are at any one time preparing to become teachers. With more than sixty programs of study, graduates go on to pursue careers in psychology, social and behavioral sciences, health and health promotion, educational policy, technology, international and comparative education, as well as education and educational leadership. Students are candidates for Masters of Arts (M.A.), Master of Education (Ed.M.), Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.
The student experience at Teachers College is governed by a student senate, headed by the Senate President, followed by the Vice-President, Parliamentarian, Communications Officer, and Treasurer. Two Senators, a Master's candidate, & a PhD candidate, are elected each year to represent each academic department at Teachers College to advocate on behalf of current students and Alumni. The TC Senate meets bi-weekly to determine what issues need to be investigated.
- Arts & Humanities
- Biobehavioral Sciences
- Counseling & Clinical Psychology
- Curriculum & Teaching
- Education Policy & Social Analysis
- Health & Behavioral Studies
- Human Development
- International & Transcultural Studies
- Mathematics, Science & Technology
- Organization & Leadership
Relationship with Columbia University
Teachers College holds its own corporate status separate from Columbia University, including an independent board of trustees, budget, endowment, and multiple admissions standards; however, as noted in Columbia University's Faculty Handbook, the College is an official faculty of the University, serving as the University's Department of Education. Teachers College faculty hold Columbia University appointments; its President is a dean of the University; and all students receive their degrees from Columbia University. As with the other Faculties of the University, Teachers College Ph.D. degrees are specifically conferred by Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
Teachers College is currently[when?] ranked #7 among all graduate schools of education by U.S. News & World Report. However, the university has held the #1 position, and has been invariably positioned in the top 5 tier of rankings (in past years) among all graduate schools of education.
Student, faculty, and guest housing
The university has three residence halls for single students. They are 517 West 121st, Grant Hall, and Whittier Hall. The university has three residence halls for family housing. They are Bancroft Hall, Grant Hall, and Sarasota Hall. One bedroom apartments are available for childless students and students who each have one child. Two and three bedroom apartments are available for students who each have more than one child.
Lowell Hall and Seth Low Hall have faculty housing units.
Teachers College Record has been published by the school continuously since 1900. In 1997 a group of doctoral students from Teachers College established the journal Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE), a leading open-access online academic journal. Teacher's college also publishes the Hechinger Report.
Controversies and Criticisms
The Hechinger Institute and Columbia Teachers College receive substantial financial support from the Lumina Foundation ($750,000) and the Gates Foundation (several million dollars) in part to provide coverage of education-related issues that are of interest to the Lumina Foundation and the Gates Foundation.  Critics have suggested that this funding may lead to biased coverage and have noted the Lumina Foundation's connections to the private student loan company Sallie Mae. Lumina-funding of the Hechinger Report is not always disclosed in articles or editorials or coverage of white papers by other Lumina or Gates Foundation grantees, such as the New America Foundation.
|1.||Nicholas M. Butler||1889–1891|
|2.||Walter L. Hervey||1893–1897|
|3.||James Earl Russell||1898–1926|
|4.||William Fletcher Russell||1927–1954|
|5.||Hollis L. Caswell||1954–1962|
|6.||John Henry Fischer||1962–1974|
|7.||Lawrence A. Cremin||1974–1984|
|8.||Philip M. Timpane||1984–1994|
|9.||Arthur E. Levine||1994–2006|
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- George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology
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- Christopher Emdin, Science Education
- Neil R. Grabois, Mathematics Education
- Henry Landau, Mathematics Education
- Henry O. Pollak, Mathematics Education
- Derald Wing Sue, Professor of Counseling Psychology
- Barbara Tversky, Professor of Psychology and Education
- Ruth Westheimer, Adjunct Professor
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- Jack Mezirow, sociologist, former Professor of Adult and Continuing Education
- Nel Noddings, Philosopher of Education
- Mary Adelaide Nutting, nursing
- Donna Shalala, Former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
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- Edward Thorndike, psychologist
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- Hafizullah Amin, President of Afghanistan
- Nahas Gideon Angula (MA, EdM), Prime Minister of Namibia
- Mary Antin (1902), author of the immigrant experience
- Michael Apple, professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin
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- Albert Ellis, cognitive behavioral therapist
- Edward Fitzpatrick, president of Mount Mary College and noted expert on conscription during World War I and World War II
- Clarence Gaines (M.A. 1950), Hall of Fame basketball coach, Winston-Salem State University
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- Neil Postman (M.A. 1955, Ed.D. 1958), cultural critic
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- Robert Bruce Raup (Ph.D. 1926), Professor Emeritus, Philosophy of Education, and critic of the American Education system
- Henrietta Rodman (1904), teacher, feminist activist
- Carl Rogers (M.A. 1928, Ph.D. 1931), psychologist
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- Miriam Roth, Israeli writer and scholar of children's books, kindergarten teacher, and educator
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- Karl Struss (B.A. 1912), photographer and cinematographer; pioneer in 3D films
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