Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    Teachers College of Columbia University
    New York, NY
  • Address:
    525 West 120th Street
    New York, NY 10027-6413
  • Phone:
    (212) 678-3000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Alexandra Gribovskaya
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:

Locations

The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118
Additional Location

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • October 27, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore that has ceased operations. To remove the additional location from the institution's scope of accreditation. To note that the Commission reserves the right to rescind this action if any developments reveal additional information that might have affected the Commission's decision. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 23, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • March 21, 2022
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due on May 2, 2022 addressing the recent action by the Federal Student Aid Office of the U.S. Department of Education which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement and Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • February 5, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due February 23, 2018, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity), Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience), and Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and Administration).
  • June 23, 2016
    To reaffirm accreditation and commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • April 27, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note the institution's decision to close its branch campus in Tokyo, Japan. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • March 6, 2014
    To note the visit by the Commission's representatives and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • November 15, 2012
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the additional location at 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70188 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • February 28, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the additional location at Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70118 provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of the beginning of operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at each additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note the institution's decision to close the additional location at Long Island U. C.W. Post Campus, Greenvale, NY. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for progress to date and for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the contractual agreement with, and the additional location at, the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, for the Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change program provisionally within the scope of the institution's accreditation pending a site visit within six months of commencing operations. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at each additional location. In the event that operations at these sites do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of these actions, approval will lapse. To note that the Periodic Review Report due June 1, 2011, has been received and will be acted upon at the Commission’s November meeting.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).