Registration

Registration Procedures

Students seeking course credit must be admitted by the Teachers College Office of Admission. For details, please refer to the section on Admission. Former Teachers College degree students who wish to pursue a degree program and have not met the requirements of the continuous enrollment policy must apply for re-admission in the Admission Office well before the registration dates. 

Course registration may be completed online via myTC. Limited in-person registration is available during dates announced in the Academic Calendar.

Teachers College Student Information System

All students are expected to register via the web through the Student Information System on myTC. It is the responsibility of each student to obtain advisement and approval for their course selections from their academic advisor prior to registering. Registering for classes that your advisor has not approved can seriously compromise your ability to fulfill degree requirements and may have unintended financial consequences. Students must also obtain permission from the course instructor for any course listed in the Schedule of Classes that requires instructor approval. Students may connect to the Student Information System through the TC portal myTC. Instructions for registration are available in the Registration Information Section in the Schedule of Classes for each term.

Whenever course enrollment has been entered in the registration system, the student is responsible for payment of the assessed charges unless the student follows the procedures for a change of program as outlined in the Schedule of Classes and in accordance with the dates listed in the Academic Calendar. Failure to attend a course does not constitute an automatic withdrawal. (See section on Changes in Registration and Withdrawal.)

Each registrant is expected to assume a major responsibility in program planning. A careful study of the general degree requirements and maximum point loads outlined in this Catalog, special departmental bulletins, and advisory recommendations should be taken into consideration.

Teachers College students must have written permission of the Registrar before registering in any program or institution outside the College. Additionally, students are not permitted to be enrolled concurrently in two degree programs or schools within the University or the College.

Maximum Point Loads

The number of points (credits), a point being the equivalent of a semester hour that a course carries per term, is given on the course schedule. No more than 9 points may be taken during a summer session and no more than a total of 16 points in the summer term. No more than 18 points may be taken during the fall or spring term; students who hold full-time positions are discouraged from enrolling for programs in excess of 8 points each fall and spring term.

Certification of Part-Time/Full-Time Attendance

Enrollment status certification is based upon the number of points for which a student is registered per term. During the fall, spring and summer terms, “full-time’’ status is accorded to students registered for 12 or more points per term. Students enrolled for fewer than 12 points (0–11 points) are considered “part-time.’’ “Half-time’’ status is based on enrollment of 6–11 points per term. Students registered for fewer than 6 points are accorded “less-than-half-time status.’’ During the summer term, enrollment status is determined by the cumulative number of points in both Session A and B. For “full-time’’ status, students must register for a combined load of at least 12 points, with no more than 9 points in one summer session.  Full-time status is accorded to students registered for courses that carry a full-time equivalent (please see your program for that information), as well as students registered for doctoral dissertation advisement (_8900 courses) and Ph.D. Dissertation Defense (TI8900). 

Students taking fewer than six or 12 points in a term may be certified as full-time or half-time if they have an approved Certificate of Equivalency (COE) form. A Certificate of Equivalency is only approved when a student is working on an academic activity that is directly related to a student’s degree program. Students will only be approved for up to three (3) COEs during the course of their enrollment at Teachers College.  The form is available from the Office of the Registrar and must be approved by the student’s advisor and approved by the Registrar. A Certificate of Equivalency is only granted for activities that are directly related to the degree program and satisfy a requirement for the degree program. Appropriate documentation of additional hours is required. No student will be certified for full-time, half-time, or part-time status unless they are enrolled for that term in some form and, if necessary, has filed a Certificate of Equivalency in the Office of the Registrar during the first two weeks of the term. Doctoral students may check with the Office of the Registrar regarding personal exemption or waivers. Students cannot be certified for prior or future dates of attendance.

Change in Registration and Withdrawal

Notice of any change in your registration, including adding/dropping courses, changes of points in variable point courses, or of total withdrawal from the College, must be given to the Registrar in writing or completed through the online registration system. Instructions for changes in registration and withdrawal through the Student Information System are outlined in the Registration Information section in the Schedule of Classes or may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

The last date for changes in registration is indicated in the Academic Calendar. After this deadline, courses may not be added, but a partial refund of tuition fees for withdrawal from courses may be authorized by the Registrar. Fees are not subject to this reduction. Reduction of tuition based on a sliding scale is calculated from the day the Registrar receives written notice from the student or the withdrawal is processed through the Student Information System. The sliding scale is outlined in the Registration Information section in the Schedule of Classes on the TC-Web for each term.

The deadline for making changes in points in variable-point courses will extend until the class has met four times; dates are indicated in the Academic Calendar.

Courses with special dates must be dropped before the course begins to receive full tuition credit. There is no reduction of tuition for special-date classes once the course begins or for fee-based courses in art, music and dance after the close of the change of program period. Students who have registered for workshops must withdraw from a workshop prior to the beginning of the workshop. No tuition rebates will be granted for a workshop once it has begun.

Students who are deficient in their attendance or who perform their class duties unsatisfactorily may be required at any time to withdraw from a course, upon recommendation by the course instructor to the Registrar; in extreme cases, this may mean withdrawal from the College.

For grading symbols covering withdrawals, see Grades.

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