Columbia University's graduate school of education, Teachers College currently ranks as the fourth best education school in America according to U.S. News & World Report. The school was founded by philanthropist Grace Hoadley Dodge and philosopher Nicholas Murray Butler in 1887 with the mission of training teachers in impoverished areas of the city. Teachers College then merged with Columbia University in 1898.
Today, Teachers College remains dedicated to the ideas of urban education - taking a scientific and humanitarian approach to educational thinking. Students living in college housing or in off campus housing are trained in new approaches towards basic school subjects - math, writing, science, reading and the arts - through studies in educational history, anthropology, sociology, and psychology. The college also partners with many metropolitan schools for collaborative education to prepare students for real classroom teaching.
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, student living at Teachers College is in close proximity to the city's various cultural and recreational centers such as the Museum of Natural History, Times Square, the Empire State Building, Central Park, and Madison Square Garden, among many others. As a part of Columbia University, students living in university housing also have access to the school's numerous educational and research centers along with community events.
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