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Childhood General Education

M.S.Ed

  • Program Overview

    If you are interested in working with children first through sixth grade, the General Education Childhood Program is for you!

    You will become well grounded in child development by closely observing children and engaging them in active learning. The Childhood General Education program will help you develop the understanding that learning comes through play, social interaction, and sensory experiences as well as through engagement in the worlds of literacy, literature, mathematics, science, arts, and social studies.

    This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 45 credits.

    Faculty advisor and graduate student observing children

  • Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the main admissions criteria, there are additional requirements needed to apply for this program:

  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    Supervised fieldwork/advisement lies at the heart of a Bank Street education. Through sustained experiences in the field, supervision from core faculty, and close collaboration with peers, our graduate students develop the ability to connect theory to practice and to reflect deeply on their own growth as educators.

    For those completing fieldwork as student teachers, you will:

    • Complete one academic year of supervised fieldwork experiences (Fall & Spring semester).
    • Have three placements across grades in public, independent, and/or childcare settings in New York City.
    • Be assigned a faculty advisor once you enter fieldwork.
    • Have monthly advisor visits to your fieldwork placement sites.
    • Have at least two meetings per month with your advisor (one at your placement and one at the College; more if needed).
    • Participate in weekly Conference Group meetings with your advisor and a cohort of 5-7 graduate students.

    Supervised fieldwork/advisement lies at the heart of a Bank Street education. Through sustained experiences in the field, supervision from core faculty, and close collaboration with peers, our graduate students develop the ability to connect theory to practice and to reflect deeply on their own growth as educators.

    For those completing fieldwork as working teachers (assistants and head teachers):

    • You’ll be supervised by a Bank Street faculty member who is an experienced teacher and advisor.
    • You’ll complete one academic year of supervised fieldwork experiences, always starting fall.
    • You’ll be supervised at the school where you will be or already are a full time faculty member, in the 1-6 grade range.
    • You’ll keep the same job at your school for the entire fieldwork year.
    • You’ll participate in a 5-7 member weekly conference group, be observed working with children once a month, and have twice monthly individual meetings with your advisor.
    • Your advisor will guide you through coursework.

    New York State requires all graduate students in this program to have supervised fieldwork experiences in grades 1-3 and in grades 4-6, as well as in an under-resourced public or charter school/program. Student teachers fulfill these experiences through their placements in the fall and spring. Working teachers and assistants must enroll in an additional fieldwork placement, where they will be placed by Bank Street in the appropriate setting to fulfill their degree requirements.

  • Career Opportunities

    The majority of students who have completed a full year of supervised fieldwork secure positions as assistant teachers during the last year of their graduate studies. Many of these positions are secured at schools that the program uses as student teaching sites. After graduation, students secure head or assistant teaching positions in public, charter, independent schools in New York City and beyond. Some students who demonstrate prior experience and interest in a particular content area (such as mathematics) may seek teaching positions in 6th grade classrooms in middle schools.

    Additionally, students who are currently in assistant teaching positions can move to head teacher positions. Head teachers who continue in their positions often develop teacher/leadership roles in public, charter, or independent schools.

  • Faculty

  • Certification

    Upon graduation, you will be eligible for New York State certification in Childhood General Education, grades 1 through 6, provided you complete all other State certification requirements.