Bank Street College

Bank Street College of Education offers master’s degrees for those preparing for careers in early childhood, elementary education, infant and parent development and early intervention, middle school education, museum education, reading and literacy, or educational administration.

For nearly a century, Bank Street College has been a powerful force for innovation and best practices in teaching and learning for children. Its original ideas have shaped a distinctive approach to children’s education that can be found in successful classrooms, schools, museums and other learning environments in communities across the country. Graduates of Bank Street’s programs become some of the most highly sought after teachers in the country – men and women who know how to engage and motivate children, who understand the profound differences in the way children learn, who are skilled in observing and engaging each child, who build community and trust among children, parents and families, schools and teachers.

Teachers for a New Era selected the Graduate School of Bank Street College of Education as one of only four exemplary teacher preparation programs in the United States Teachers. The purpose of this initiative is to create innovative and effective models of best practices for work in classroom teaching.

The National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future chose the Graduate School at Bank Street College of Education as one of only seven exemplary programs (three graduate programs, four undergraduate programs) of teacher preparation in the United States.

Programs of study
The College enrolls about 900 graduate degree students in master’s degree programs each year. Our students include those who are currently teaching, as well as many career changers, and those who choose to begin preparing for careers in education.

Our Graduate School of Education offers master’s degree programs for those who wish to become classroom teachers or educational administrators in early childhood education, elementary education, middle school education, or who wish to be reading specialists, child life specialists, or early interventionists. Students may focus on general education, or may enter dual certification programs in special education and general education. Those who are fluent in Spanish and who are interested in bilingual education may choose from a range of programs preparing them as classroom teachers. We have dual degree programs in education and in social work with Hunter College and with Columbia University School of Social Work. We also offer program in museum education, infant and parent development and early intervention, and studies in education.

All programs emphasize a deep understanding of human development, observation and assessment, and integrated curriculum. The programs preparing individuals for work in classrooms focus on how to engage diverse learners in active, thoughtful learning based on the child’s developmental needs and abilities. The leadership programs center on developing educational policy, on the process of change within schools, and on professional skills in supervision and administration.

Each program includes extensive supportive professional fieldwork and advisement in conjunction with coursework so that graduate students can combine theory with practice.

Programs in Educational Administration
Four of our leadership programs are designed to meet the needs of working professionals, even if they live at a distance from New York. Three of the programs require students to come to New York for the month of July for courses. During the academic year these students correspond with their advisors and gain professional experience in their own settings. These programs are Early Childhood Leadership, Leadership in Mathematics Education, and Supervision and Administration in the Visual Arts (a program run in conjunction with Parson’s School of Design). The fourth program is Leadership in Museum Education. Museum professionals in this program come to Bank Street for one weekend a month for two years. Our core program in Educational Leadership meets in a standard academic calendar.

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The Community
The Graduate School is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan between Broadway and Riverside Drive in an active residential and academic community. Within a few blocks of the College are Columbia University, Barnard College, Manhattan School of Music, City College of CUNY, Union Theological Seminary, and Jewish Theological Seminary, as well as Riverside Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Riverside Park. The neighborhood is also known for its bookstores and restaurants. The College is close to public transportation to all parts of New York City, including Lincoln Center, area museums, and mid-town Manhattan.

Facilities and Resources
Bank Street’s School for Children, which enrolls 450 children, provides continuing opportunity for study, research, and interaction with children, experienced teachers, and parents. More that 3,000 educators from around the world visit the School for Children each year to study the Bank Street approach to children’s education. The College maintains an excellent specialized library focused on areas of educational research and theory. Graduate Students also have use of computers in two computer labs as well as in the library.

Tuition is $930 per credit. Most programs are 45 credits, but the range is from 34 credits to 60 credits. All financial aid is based on need. To apply for financial aid, students submit a completed FAFSA form to the Federal Processor. Students should apply for aid each year by April 15.

Graduate students who come from a distance usually live in nearby independent graduate student housing such as International House or in area apartments. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions for more information.

The Graduate School of Education is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The College is chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

How to Apply
Applications are reviewed throughout the year, with a priority deadline for the fall term of March 1, and a priority deadline for the spring term of November 1. Applicants must submit all prior transcripts, three letters of reference, a reflective autobiographical essay, and the completed application form. Applications may be obtained from our web site or by calling the Office of Graduate Admissions at 212-875-4404. After the Office of Admissions completes the initial review of the application, many applicants will be invited to have an interview with a faculty member from the program.

Bank Street College does not require applicants to take any standardized tests for admission, although applicants from non-English speaking countries must submit TOEFL scores.

Who to Contact
For more information, contact
Office of Graduate Admissions
Bank Street College
610 West 112th Street
New York, NY 10025
212 875-4404
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