Frequently Asked Questions about the Heads of Schools Program 




Who is eligible to apply?

Current Heads of independent and international schools who are remaining in their position are eligible to apply. Given the goals of the program, we do not accept applications from departmental or division heads, such as Upper School Head, or from principals of charter schools.

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When does the program meet and for how long?

The program meets for two weeks in late January and early February.

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How do I apply?

For detailed information on the application process, please see the Application Process & Deadlines page for the program. Applications are submitted online through the Teachers College website.

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What is the admission deadline?

Applications for the 2019 cohort will be due May 1, 2018. 

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What is a fellowship program? Are scholarships or financial aid available?

A fellowship is a merit-based scholarship. All accepted heads receive a fellowship that covers the costs of tuition and accommodation and some rewarding social events. Meals, travel to New York City and daily transportation to and from Teachers College are not included.

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Is housing available?

The Klingenstein Center provides accommodations in a New York City hotel for the cohort participants. We cannot accommodate family members.

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When will I be notified of an admission decision?

Notification of admissions decisions will be sent via email by mid-July.

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Are there special requirements for international applicants?

Yes.

  • International students must hold the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree in order to be eligible for admission to Teachers College. Transcripts must be submitted for an equivalency evaluation.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate degree was from an international institution where the language of instruction was not English may be required to achieve a successful score on the TOEFL or IELTS exam.

Please see the Teachers College application instructions for international students for detailed information. 

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May I submit letters of reference?

Yes. You may submit letters, but they are not required for this program.

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Is an interview a required component of the application?

An interview is not required.

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Why am I applying to Teachers College?  Will I earn graduate credit?

The Heads of Schools Fellowship is an official academic course of Columbia University's Teachers College. Upon successful completion of the program, which includes project work and a written paper, participants earn three points of graduate credit from Teachers College. Official transcripts may be requested from the Registrar’s Office.

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