Teachers College at Columbia University Reviews

  • 103 Reviews
  • New York (NY)
  • Annual Tuition: $41,736
100% of 103 students said this degree improved their career prospects
90% of 103 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

ZR
  • Reviewed: 12/6/2021
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"Saying that I am extremely disappointed in this school is an understatement. The professors are BRILLIANT and teach WONDERFULLY. They are genuinely concerned about their students and are largely fair graders who love to teach! However, the administration and college environment has absolutely no regard for their students. This is nothing but a money-hungry institution that will make your life 100x more difficult than it needs to be in terms of administrative tasks. They put holds on my records for no reason and made me spend hours trying to fix the issue, had almost every class online but never decreased tuition, had no spaces in most of their classes since mandatory and core requirements fill up within the first minute of registration, they have EXTREME technical difficulties not just during registration times but in general with printing services, ID services, etc., advisors never reach out to you about anything you're supposed to be doing, they take extra money for everything (money for printing, money for classes that require assessments, etc.), and they are LESS THAN accommodating to your concerns if/when you bring them up. Do not waste your time and money on this institution because it will do nothing but disappoint you. It used to be my dream school before I got in and now I regret wasting a dime here."
Taylor S.
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2021
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"I can only speak for the counseling psych program at TCCU (it seems as though someone is going through a hard time in the education program - see below comment), but I have very much enjoyed my experience in my program and at Columbia. My professors were brilliant and attentive, and I owe my acceptance into my #1 choice of doctorate programs to them. If you get accepted into the counseling MA program, try to get into Dr. Huang's Health Promotion of Minority Youth & Families Lab; she is well respected in the counseling field, and a letter of rec from her goes a long way."
TC Not Columbia
  • Reviewed: 10/27/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Had I known that Teachers College is condescendingly as an affiliate and not a real Columbia school, I would not have attended this school. The School is so fake it feels completely detached from Columbia. TC students are treated as a second class citizens, pitied on by School, staff, and everyone around at Columbia knowing the situation although they won't say that to your face; plus not being recognized as a real Columbia alum despite having the Columbia diploma and having to pay extra-phenomenal tuition with little rebate and horrible, low quality classes. Teachers College is so desperate to take money from its students that it offers health, nutrition and psychology programs- at the graduate school of education--- some of which are sub-par with those from community colleges or CUNY equivalents and certainly a far cry from the real Columbia Departments at Columbia. The clinical psychology program, by the way, is offered at Columbia, in the Columbia Psychiatry Department and is part of Columbia Medical School where students are recognized as Columbia students. Those admitted to TC clinical psychology program, are either those not accepted into the real Columbia Medical School/Psychology Department at Columbia (totally different from Teachers College), or just simply do not know. Teachers College is not a real Columbia School as Columbia College of Chicago is certainly not a Columbia School, althought both have "Columbia" in their names."
TC-2021
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2021
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"I am currently in my second year in the clinical psych MA program at TC Columbia (Teachers College, Columbia University). I chose the program at Columbia over a comparable program at Wake Forest, given the success rates of students matching with competitive clinical psych PhD programs after graduation. The school does a horrible job at marketing itself, but their stats speak for themselves."
Juno
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"During my senior year at Yale, my academic advisor recommended that I apply to the MA in clinical psych program at Columbia to enhance my application to doctorate programs. Throughout my time at TC, I was impressed with the diversity and intellect of my fellow peers. Furthermore, there is no question that the faculty are highly respected researchers offering exciting research opportunities (I learned quite a bit about suicide ideation in adolescents)."
TC
  • Reviewed: 9/28/2021
  • Degree: Education
"I found out today that although "Columbia University" is included in the name of the School, Teachers College is an affiliate school, and does not have the same status as a Columbia graduate school. Researching further, on Columbia Alumni Association website, it is stated clearly that "Please note that we cannot provide alumni online access to certificate holders, alumni of affiliate schools, current students, faculty, or staff." , or "Unfortunately, this business card service is currently unavailable to alumni of Barnard College, Teachers College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary," or in Alumni Access Page, "Please note we are currently not permitted to offer access to alumni of affiliate schools (Teachers College, Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, Jewish Theological Seminary, and affiliate programs)." This clearly means that Teachers College are not Columbia alumni. That explains why Teachers College students do not receive Columbia ID cards. Yet, the School lied to students by saying that it is the Columbia School, when even on Columbia's website, Teachers College is listed as an "affiliate school," and not a "Columbia graduate school" as many others. I wonder what happens if current students and Alumni sue the School for defrauding them by lying about what they do not have to sell."
Linda
  • Reviewed: 9/14/2021
  • Degree: Child Development
"I attempted to find the highest rated graduate school in my field which is Developmental Psychology and found Teachers College Columbia University. The staff are well recognize scholars, but are also levelheaded and friendly. Campus life was wonderful… Literally seconds away from the main Columbia University campus. I would highly recommend Teachers College Columbia University."
Michelle
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2021
  • Degree: Teaching
"I chose TC because of the "Columbia" name brand, and because it advertised itself as the best. I was very wrong. The classes are a joke they're so easy, and the teachers don't actually teach anything. Almost every class follows the same format of, "Share your thoughts about the readings with your small group, and then report on your discussion with the larger group." My classmates are not the sharpest tacks in the drawer, and the discussions are typically surface level and inane and miss most of the nuances of the texts we're reading (but of course constantly correcting them makes you look like a jerk, so there's no real way to improve the discussion quality). Some of the assignments and activities we've had to do are offensively simple. For example, in one class we spent 45 minutes in groups taking images that "describe our discipline" from Google Images and putting them onto a Google Slide. This is work I would expect of a sixth grader, not graduate students at a top school. I haven't learned anything from the classes, and the readings themselves only teach me something new about 20% of the time because there is so much overlap from class to class. The administration is horrible too. My advisor hasn't ever lifted a finger to do any advising. The expectations and requirements in terms of paperwork, student teaching, deadlines, etc. are not clearly communicated, and I had to do a lot of digging myself to find what should be basic, accessible information. Complete waste of (a lot of) money and time in terms of learning, but at the end of the day you do need a degree from a teaching program in order to teach in public schools. I'd recommend getting that piece of paper elsewhere."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/19/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Teachers College is not Columbia. Period. If you question, ask them their email address. They do not have access to LionMail like Columbia students. Even after graduation, all Teachers College grads have is the Columbia diploma. Columbia Alumni emails are not granted to Teachers College alumni, while other services are granted "upon request" (i.e. begging the Columbia Alumni Office), while they are supposed to be automatically granted as they are advertised. This is how you feel while a student too--- the School tries very hard to brand themselves as the "Graduate School of Education" of Columbia, even though they were doing their own course and Teachers College students are excluded from Columbia University's services and have to "request" to join anything Columbia. Sad, because some graduate programs are truly good and selective, such as mine, but Teachers College is so big and accepts so many (if not everyone) applying to their massive programs, it cheapens the whole School."
David
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2021
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"Teachers college is Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. When I attended, out of all of the graduate schools ranked by US news, TC was ranked third I loved all my professors, the environment, and especially the housing."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 6/11/2021
  • Degree: Education
"Very disappointed. Not really Columbia, but afraid to take away the Columbia tag lest they lose students.Teachers College is a completely separate corporate with a few administrative resources shared with Columbia to make the students- their clients- feel that they belong to Columbia--- while classes are huge & of poor quality of instruction. Some professors and PhD students, used as lecturers and TAs, are afraid to even talk and lecture in classes. So often nowadays, especially in this department, you will meet ESL speakers not able to communicate their ideas in English. It hard speaking a second language for sure, but if you attend a graduate school of education in the US (not an engineering school or science), you are supposed to speak English more than others. Or you will meet social warriors--- all you hear about is "justice and equality" nowadays--- from not very intellectually-minded individuals from the faculty and staff without a well-reasoned sense of what is right and just. All to promote the quota of diversity and inclusion. The School is not about education anymore, but indoctrination and marketing playing on the image of "Columbia." Feels like a third-rated state-school at the price of a prestigious private school when all they try to teach is "affordability" and "access to education" to students. I got out, and fortunately could do the majority of my classes in another department, which was caring and had talented, competitive students and faculty, but for a few classes that were required in this department, I saw a completely different story."
Melissa
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2021
  • Degree: Counseling
"I have to agree with the negative reviews. The program offers some nice classes and professors. but Teachers College is a degree mill. It is disorganized, no individual support, and not well regarded. I did not really find TC offered much in the way of opportunities or connections to Columbia. Don't get me wrong. The program is perfectly fine if you want to get in and get out with your degree. You will surely get a good education and it will be more than enough to pass a licensing exam. If you are deciding between places, it is not worth it at all for the name and ridiculously high price."
Susan
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2020
  • Degree: Counseling Psychology
"Teachers College Columbia University is Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education. I personally appreciated the small class sizes. While admission is highly selective, and it is within the ivy league, my classmates were not pompous at all.."
UnhappywithTC
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2019
  • Degree: Teaching
"I would not recommend this school to anyone. Most of the classes are jokes--with flimsy requirements. There is no question: Teachers College is a diploma mill. Teachers College will not prepare you for professional work in your field (as the school will make you question your reasons for wanting to be in that field to begin with). The majority of classes in my program were taught by shy graduate students who should not have been teaching other graduate students. Only two classes I took in an entire 38 credit degree program I found worthwhile. Instructors also try to indoctrinate you with their ideas. Courses are very "agenda" driven but, at the end of the day, even though TC maintains on paper a commitment to diversity and inclusion principles, few faculty and administrators at the school are actually capable of seeing students as individuals and respecting them for whatever differences they might have. I can recount far too many instances at this school where faculty just made blatant assumptions about me and my motivations for wanting to teach. The psychology department (which I was not part of) also offers a joke course of study involving mindfulness and spirituality--even though I was in education and not psychology, just the fact that TC would approve such a curriculum, in my opinion, denigrates the quality of the school as a whole. For students who want a "name-degree," TC is fine. But for capable students who want to do thoughtful and engaging graduate work, I suggest looking elsewhere."
N/A
  • Reviewed: 3/25/2019
  • Degree: Industrial/Organizational Psychology
"Don't get me wrong, some courses were great and very beneficial. In addition, a lot of the professors are great. However, the program is aimed to make money. For the school. One is forced to take courses that have no bearing on their future and complete busy work. A good 1/2 of the courses I did not learn a thing or did not learn anything beneficial. Instead it was a waste of money and time. Some teachers and courses are phenomenal, and some programs outside of this one are as well. However, save your money. Only about 4 or 5 courses are worth it. Look elsewhere for more in-depth and personalized instruction."
Kaila T.
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2018
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
"To say the least, my experience at Teachers College, Columbia University (TCCU) exceeded my many expectations. I attended all courses on campus in amazing New York City, and graduated ahead of schedule with the help of supportive peers and faculty. While attending courses, I also had the opportunity to assist in clinical research with notable faculty members, which prepared me for future work in my chosen field. The numerous opportunities to select classes that were of interest to me added to my excitement for learning and allowed me the freedom to create a curriculum that best suited my passions. I would highly recommend TCCU's graduate program to any individual looking to accumulate more research experience and to prepare themselves for further graduate study."
Jamila Crawford
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2018
  • Degree: Nutrition
"Teachers College, Columbia University is located in the heart of New York City. Its diverse community and excellent teachers stands out among other institutions. I am pursuing a Masters in Nutrition here and it was the only choice for my as it is an Ivy League School."
Robert Pearson
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2018
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"Columbia University's program in organizational change leadership provides its students with the ability to impact systemic change efforts within their organizations. I intend to use what everything that I learn to positively impact societal change efforts."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/8/2017
  • Degree: Social Psychology
"Truly grateful to be part of TC. The professors are wonderful and bring real life experiences to the classroom. Also, professors are always willing to help and provide career advice. The classes are small and enable students to participate and engage in the course material. The culture at TC is one of inclusiveness."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Education
"This school has an incredible community culture. In my time there, students were championing causes they disagreed with, including Susan Furman's association with Pearson. I found that the people who put the most into their education typically got the most out of it; it's not worth it if you're not willing to work, but if you are, it's life-changing."