A Leading Graduate School in New York City for Teachers, Leaders, and Education Professionals

Welcome to Bank Street, where we prepare teachers, educators, and school leaders to transform our world in large and small ways. As a graduate student, you’ll learn how to improve the quality of classroom practice, advocate nationally for students and families, and promote systems that bring effective and equitable teaching and learning to all.

You’ll choose from more than 50 in-person or online programs focused on teaching and learning, educational leadership, and specialty areas such as infancy, child life, museum studies, and more. These programs lead to the Master of Science (MS), Master of Science in Education (MSEd), or the advanced Master of Education (EdM). We also offer a range of continuing education options, including professional certificate programs, short-format courses, workshops, and special events both online and at our physical location on the Upper West Side in Morningside Heights, an academic hub of New York City. We invite you to learn more about us.

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  • A National Reputation

    Bank Street holds a unique place in the world of education. We were trailblazers when we were founded in 1916, and we’re trailblazers now. Our strengths- and evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning—which were once radical—are widely practiced and accepted today. If you want to shape the future of education, this is where you start.

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  • Hands-On Practice

    Through extensive supervised fieldwork, our graduates gain the experience and confidence required to excel as a teacher or leader on day one. You’ll spend one year working and learning in environments that match your career goals while being mentored by Bank Street faculty both on- and off-site. You’ll also collaborate and reflect regularly with an advisor and a small group of classmates in weekly conference groups that build relationships and deepen reflection and shared learning.

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    Hands-on practice at Bank Street Graduate School of Education
  • Meet Learners Where They Are

    With our developmental-interaction approach, which recognizes that individuals learn best when actively engaged with the materials, ideas, and people, you’ll empower your students with the creativity and critical thinking skills they need to realize their unique potential. Most importantly, you’ll foster within them a love of learning that will set them up for success in school and in life.

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    Bank Street Graduate School of Education student teachers meet learners where they are
  • Building Equity in Education

    Our commitment to democracy and social justice is at the heart of our innovative pedagogy and desire to help all learners actively make sense of the world. Our graduates are agents of change and advocates for equity in education. They celebrate diversity, embrace culturally responsive practices, and incorporate anti-racist teachings inside the classroom.

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    Bank Street is for equity in education
  • Online Access for All Learners

    For a small institution, our reach is broad. Our range of online program offerings helps educators beyond New York City access a Bank Street education, placing a greater number of Bank Street teachers in classrooms across the country. Our online programs combine the convenience and flexibility of virtual coursework with individualized supervised fieldwork experiences, enabling students to practice what they have learned in real-world settings.

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    Online master's degree programs at Bank Street Graduate School of Education
  • Expert Faculty

    Bank Street faculty are highly regarded experts and thought leaders, regularly contributing to rich scholarship that investigates, challenges, and builds on the latest research and theories in the field while surfacing new ideas. Our professors put their relationships with students at the forefront of their work, ensuring that each graduate is prepared for a long-lasting and rewarding career. Students often stay in touch with faculty well beyond their years at Bank Street.

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    Bank Street Graduate School of Education faculty are highly regarded as experts and thought leaders
  • Powerful Network of Alumni

    Our alumni are making tremendous strides in the world of education every day as they teach, lead, inspire, and strive to make high-quality, meaningful education accessible to all. Bank Street graduates are well-respected by employers in the education sphere and stand out as forward-thinking educators and leaders who are confident, well-prepared, and ready to make a difference in the diverse settings where children and adults live and learn.

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  • We'd Like to Get to Know You

    We’re here to answer your questions. If you’d like to explore our program options, the admissions process, or financial aid opportunities, we encourage you to connect with us at a virtual admissions event or schedule an individual appointment to speak with someone on the admissions team. To get started, please fill out this form and we’ll be in touch soon.

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Personalized attention is a point of pride at Bank Street. Across our community, from faculty and staff to on-site mentors and our national network of alumni, you’ll find people who’ll […]

2021 Bank Street Graduate School of Education graduate Shelby Brody
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I am a reader. I read. All the time. Reading is what made me want to become a teacher. I wanted to encourage kids to love reading the way that I love reading.
Shelby Brody - Teaching Literacy and Childhood General Education '20
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The connections and community that Bank Street provides have made a difference.
Shavon Frazier - Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood Leadership '17
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Rachael Beseda
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I do my best work when I focus on the strengths of students, staff, and parents. I won’t lie, my first few years of teaching were hard, but Bank Street prepared me to take on the challenge. In the dual general and special education program, classes are small and the approach is progressive. It fit who I am perfectly.
Rachael Beseda - Childhood Special and General Education '12
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Jon West-Bey, Bank Street Graduate School of Education '04
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I learned skills that I use constantly in my work, like how to center progressive education in arts programming and to place an emphasis on social justice.
Jon West-Bey - Leadership in Museum Education '04
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Continuing Professional Studies

Interested in advancing your skillset to make the most of your career as an educator or leader? Register now for our short-format courses offered for Continuing Teacher and Leader Education requirements, Continuing Education Units, or graduate-level credit. We also offer state-mandated workshops to help educators meet New York State certification requirements.
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