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Early Childhood Leadership (Online)


  • Program Overview

    This program is designed to support teachers, directors, administrators, program developers, and policymakers in strengthening their leadership skills. This program will also enable you to earn credentials toward your School Building Leader (SBL) certification from the New York State Department of Education.

    This 30-credit master’s degree program is offered fully online. If you are interested in this program and would like more information, please reach out to our Graduate Admissions Office at

    Learn more about this online program.


    Graduate students in class

  • Admissions Requirements

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

    • Applicants must have 3 years of head teaching/pupil personnel experience.
    • Applicants must already hold a master’s degree in education.

    You will be asked to use a range of technological tools as part of your online program. You must have a dedicated computer or tablet and stable Internet access. You will be expected to become familiar with the online tools, reach out to ask for support as you navigate the technology, and strengthen your presence and skill set in the online environment.

  • 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:

    • Be supervised by a Bank Street advisor who is an experienced early childhood leader.
    • Complete supervised fieldwork during three semesters.
    • Be supervised at your current work site.
  • Career Opportunities

    Your degree will provide you with a range of career opportunities, including leadership roles in centers or schools, e.g. program director, principal, assistant principal, department chair, staff developer, coach, educational director, as well as a range of supervisory roles.

  • Faculty

In this program, I've been building a toolkit of meaningful lenses and strategies for leadership that I've been able to apply to my work immediately. I learned to appreciate the deep complexity of the work that we do in schools, and to feel hopeful about the amount of change that is possible when we begin to think creatively and work collaboratively.
Bonnie Maloney, GSE '18
[I was drawn to the program because] It was a program that I could complete during summers while I was working. Bank Street's focus on progressivism and social justice. A wonderful program that set me for a career in early childhood.
Jim Clay, GSE '88

Alumni Spotlight

Meghan Fitzgerald, GSE '07

Meghan Fitzgerald, the founder of Tinkergarten, was featured in Medium’s Authority Magazine as part of a series on accomplished business leaders. Tinkergarten is a mission-based organization that brings families together for outdoor, play-based activities to help children develop empathy, collaboration, creativity, persistence, problem-solving, and more.

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Alumni Voices

What can you expect inside a Bank Street classroom? Shavon Frazier, ’12, ’17, reflects on how the Graduate School inspired her own approach to teacher education and coaching.