Summer Institute FAQ

Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Current full-time teachers in independent schools with two through five years of total teaching experience, including the year of application, are eligible to apply. Time spent as an intern, teaching assistant, or part-time teacher does not count toward the years of experience.

Teachers are placed in curriculum groups in elementary education or, for grades 6 or above, English, history, languages, math or science. We do not offer curriculum groups in physical education, pre-kindergarten, or the arts.

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What is a fellowship program?

A fellowship is a merit-based scholarship. All accepted Summer Institute students are awarded a fellowship which covers the costs of tuition, room and board. Transportation to and from the Institute is not included. The student’s school is asked to sponsor this cost, if possible.

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How do I apply?

Please apply directly to the Klingenstein Center for this non-degree Teachers College program. See Admissions instructions.

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What are the admissions deadlines?

Complete applications, with all transcripts and recommendations, must be received by January 15th.

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Is housing provided?

Single dormitory rooms are provided and dormitory residence is required. We cannot accommodate additional family members. The Summer Institute program is held on the campus of Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ.

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When will I be notified of an admissions decision?

Notifications of admissions decisions are sent by email by the end of March. At that time, a small number of students may be placed on a waiting list. Eligible non-admitted students are encouraged to reapply for the following year. Summer Institute admission is not deferrable. Instructions for enrollment are included with your admissions decisions. Students are expected to attend all day and evening sessions of the program.

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Are there special requirements for international applicants?

International students must hold the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree in order to be eligible for admission to Teachers College. If your post-secondary credentials are from an institution outside the U.S. or Canada, the Office of Admission requires you to submit all post-secondary credentials (undergraduate and graduate, if applicable) to World Education Services, Inc. (WES). If your native language is not English, or you received your baccalaureate degree from an institution where English is not the official language of instruction, you must submit official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam. International applicants are encouraged to carefully review the International Applicants section of the Teachers College Admissions website and contact the Klingenstein Center for assistance.

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Can I submit additional letters of reference?

You are only required to submit the two forms included in the applications materials, but it can be particularly helpful to submit letters of reference from colleagues who know your work and from Klingenstein alumni who know you.

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Is an interview a required component of an application?

An interview is not a component of the application process.

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Do I earn graduate credit in the program?

Upon successful completion of the program, students earn four points of graduate credit from Teachers College, Columbia University. Official transcripts may be requested from the Registrar’s Office.

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