Early Childhood Leadership (Online)
Please note: We are pleased to announce we will be transitioning our Early Childhood Leadership Advanced Certificate program to a 30-credit master’s degree program. We will continue to update this page.
This program is designed to support teachers, directors, administrators, program developers, and policymakers in strengthening their leadership skills. This program will enable you to earn credentials toward your School Building Leader (SBL) certification from the New York State Department of Education.
This 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
FacultyJessica Blum-DeStefanoCourse Instructor & Supervised Fieldwork Advisorjblumdestefano@bankstreet.edu 212-875-4712Talibah DanielSupervised Fieldwork Advisor and Course Instructortdaniel@bankstreet.eduAbbe FuttermanProgram Director, Progressive Leadershipafutterman@bankstreet.edu 212-875-4404Alison PepperSupervised Fieldwork Advisorapepper@bankstreet.eduWendy PollockProgram Director, Early Childhood Leadershipwpollock@bankstreet.edu 212-875-4504
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