Happy Back-to-School!

We are excited to welcome our  new and returning Literacy Specialist students!  Orientation will be Tuesday, September 2 (please check admitted student info for all the festivities) and we hope  you will join us for the C&T department meeting followed by our LITI program meeting.  You’ll meet the faculty and staff as well as your colleagues.

Classes begin on Wednesday, September 3.   If you have a Monday or Tuesday class, it will not begin until the following week.  C&T 4502 MARP classes have a unique Monday night schedule and your instructor will be in contact to share those dates.

Fulltime internships will be assigned during the first week of classes; please plan to begin during the week of September 8th and reserve your mornings.

We can’t wait to see you and kick off the new year!

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Welcome to our newly admitted LITI students!

We are happy to have you!

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Career Fair this Week!

The PreK-12 Education Career Fair this Wednesday is the largest fair  hosted to date.  TC students and alumni will have the opportunity to explore career opportunities from teachers to school leaders to reading specialists to curriculum developers, etc.  Please check it out to expand your career prospects locally, nationally, even internationally!


CLICK HERE FOR PART 1 (Employer Tables 101-139, Employer Descriptions & Open Positions)

CLICK HERE FOR PART II  (Employer Tables 1-101

All the vitals:

2014 PreK-12 Education Career Fair

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014 from 1-5pm

Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with national school systems, independent schools, charter schools and international organizations who are seeking students, recent graduates and experienced practitioners interested in teaching, guidance/school counseling, and various educational and administrative positions.

Professional Dress is required to attend this event

Bring your TC/Columbia ID

To register and to see a list of attending employers, click here (via TCCS LINK)

You can request disabilities-related accommodation.  Contact

OASID at oasid@tc.edu(212) 678-3689(212) 678-3859 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone. as early as possible.

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Last Day to Change Credits

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that today is the last day to change the number of points or credits for your classes.  Remember you want to total 32, so make sure your math adds up.  It’s an easy online switch to change credit hours through My TC.

If you still need to take an institute this summer, the safest bet is to leave 2 or 3 (3 for TCRWP Reading or Writing Institutes and 2-3 for Content Area Institute) as one-credit options for TCRWP are quite limited.

C&T 4502 MARP should be 0 credits; C&T 4200 should be 3.  Do not take out-of-program electives for 1 credit.

Reach out to any of us if you have questions.

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More on graduation application

Here are some FAQs about the graduation application that you pick up and turn in to Registrar:

1.  Where do I list out-of-program electives?  

Use the top right section marked Breadth courses.  You want to include the two non-program electives AND HBSK 4072 there.  In-program electives (typically the institutes) are listed with other courses.  

2.  How many courses should I have?

Most students will have 14: 11 program and 3 out of program.  You can have more, but not less.  

Program courses include 4138, writing course, 4139, 4200 fall, 4200 spring, 5037, 4140 or 4141, 4502 fall, 4502 spring (must be listed for 0), and two institutes.  

Non-programs are HBSK 4072 and two electives.  Please refer to coursework planning sheet for more info or course numbers.  

3.  How many credits am I supposed to have?  32.  32.  32!

4.  How do I get the application signed?

Marjorie, Maria Paula, or I can sign these once complete.  The best thing is to leave it on my door at 303B Zankel.  I probably can’t sign while you wait, but will triple check, sign, and leave for you to pick up.  They are due Feb. 3 and I will not be in the office on that Monday.

5.  What’s the deal with the pink sheet?

You tear this off and hold until you finish your MARP, then your MARP instructor can sign off on it and you’ll turn it in to the Registrar.  It just indicates you have an unfinished project.

6.  What if I am not quite finished with my courses, but want to participate in graduation this May?

You have to petition to walk.  It is usually granted if you have only one course left, but there are no guarantees.  You write a letter explaining why you want to participate this May instead of the following May.  One of us also writes on your behalf.  Please contact the Registrar’s office to find out from them to whom and when these letters are due.  You do not fill out an application since you are not really graduating and receiving a diploma until October.  If I receive more information, I will pass along.

7.  How do I find out about getting tickets for graduation?

There is a link to the Commencement 2014 information on TC’s home page (right side) and here.

There are three TC ceremonies this year and the C&T one is Monday, May 19th at 2 pm!

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Welcome Back

What a wintry introduction to spring semester!  Despite frigid temps, snow mountains, and tough commutes, we’re off to a good start.  Next week, we’ll begin Monday and Tuesday classes.  Full-time students will begin internships.  We’ll also have a required meeting for interns on Wednesday, January 29th at 3:45, room location TBD.

It may seem a bit early, but if you are planning to graduate in May, you want to pick up a graduation application from the Registrar’s office.  Follow the directions included, triple check your math to equal 32 credits, get one of us to sign for you, and be sure to return to the Registrar by Monday, February 3rd.


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Happy New Year!

Can you believe it is 2014?!  We hope the new year finds you refreshed and relaxed and staying warm.  We resume on Wednesday, January 22.  Until then, enjoy your break.

PS  Welcome to the newest members of our LITI program!

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