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Cross-Age: Early Childhood and Childhood General Education


  • Program Overview

    Are you interested in teaching children across a full range of grades? The Early Childhood and Childhood Dual Certification Program has been designed for you!

    This 46-credit program prepares you to teach pre-school through 6th grade. Your coursework, fieldwork, and advisement process will help you build a sound foundation in child development, subject matter pedagogy, and the historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts of contemporary education. You will work as a student teacher with experienced mentor teachers in diverse school communities and classrooms throughout New York City where you will have opportunities to create and implement meaningful and engaging curricula for a broad age-range of children.

    This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 46 credits.

    Graduate student working with 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. In this program, you will:

    • Complete one academic year of supervised fieldwork experiences (Fall & Spring semester).
    • Have four 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 placements.
    • 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.
  • 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, and childcare settings in NYC 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.

  • Faculty

  • Certification

    Upon graduation, you will be eligible for New York State certification in Early Childhood General Education, birth through grade 2, and Childhood General Education, grades 1 through 6, provided you complete all other State certification requirements.

I chose Bank Street because I wanted to continue my education in an environment that welcomes the exchange between learners and facilitators, adults and children, theory and practice. Bank Street’s programs emphasize reflection and have presented me with a space where I can share [my experiences] with my colleagues while being challenged to think deeply about the current issues in education and the ways that progressive pedagogy and the developmental-interaction approach can continue to inform my work as an educator.
Jennifer Bourque, GSE ’17
As a Latina immigrant, I understand how important it is for students of color to have teachers who look like them, and understand firsthand the varying experiences they have on a daily basis. At Bank Street, I continue to get the tools needed to best serve that community of students.
Lucelys Gonzalez
What I appreciate most about my program at Bank Street is the balance between coursework and fieldwork. There is the expectation that the theory that you learn in class will be applied in a real setting, which has truly prepared me for professional practice.
Allison Klein

Alum Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 List

Allison Klein, GSE '15

Allison Klein’s background as an elementary teacher and understanding of child development inspired her to start a successful toy business that promotes learning through imaginative play and helps children cultivate fundamental skills.

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