References & Letters of Recommendation
In order to meet the requirements of the Family Educational and Policy Rights Act (FERPA), Teachers College
requires that all students (present and former) who are requesting employment references or academic letters of
recommendation do so in writing and with a signed the request. It is not sufficient to make a verbal request or
Note: It is important to ask your professor if he or she is willing to serve as reference before using his or her
name. Do not just assume that an instructor will agree. That is a recipe for disaster.
Please follow the format below. Forms for faculty may be hand-delivered, mailed, faxed (212-678-3428), or
scanned and sent as file attachment.
I [your name] authorize the following instructor [instructor name] to serve as an employment reference or write a
recommendation for me. This instructor has my permission to discuss my grades and academic performance
with [insert name and institution here]. I [waive/do not waive] my right to review a copy of this letter at any time in