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Leadership for Educational Change

M.S.Ed, Ed.M

  • Program Overview

    You will be among a small, intimate group of fellow professionals, deepening and extending their knowledge of progressive educational change, adult development, and the creation of collaborative cultures. 

    Research and other projects leading to change that makes schools more inviting, learner-centered, and democratic places will be at the heart of your studies.

    There are additional opportunities for those who want to concentrate their studies in leadership in special education, the arts, or other specialized areas.

    This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education, requiring 39 credits, or a Master of Education, requiring 30-36 credits*.

    *Holder’s of prior Bank Street master’s degrees and school principals/directors are each eligible for a 3 credit reduction of this requirement, which can in no case be less than 30 credits.

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  • Admissions Requirements

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

    • Applicant must demonstrate three years of paid, full-time work experience as a classroom teacher (must be as a head teacher or lead teacher, not as an assistant or associate teacher) or as a pupil personnel professional. Pupil Personnel positions are (as defined by New York State):
      • School Attendance Teacher
      • School Counselor
      • School Dental Hygiene Teacher
      • School Nurse-Teacher
      • School Psychologist
      • School Social Worker
    • One letter of recommendation must come from a supervisor (Assistant Principal, Principal, Site Director, Head of School, etc.).
    • You will need to submit scores from the GRE (institution code 2035) or MAT (institution code 3197) before new student registration. Applicants who have already completed a graduate level teaching program and hold a valid New York State teaching certification are exempt from this requirement.
  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    Theory and practice will intersect most dramatically—and maybe most satisfyingly—for you in Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement, a year-long experience combining an internship (usually at your own school site), close interaction with an advisor, and a weekly conference group with 5-7 peers.

  • Career Opportunities

    Students and alumni work in public (urban and suburban), charter, and independent sectors in a wide variety of roles. You will be eligible for roles in school leadership (e.g., principal, AP—all our graduates become eligible for School Building Leader certification), but that is only one of many possibilities. Our graduates are also coaches, staff and curriculum developers, district leaders, and educational leaders in non-school settings—and some use their preparation for advanced teacher leadership.

  • Faculty

  • Certification

    Completion of the Leadership for Educational Change program leads to:

    • New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification for those who meet experience requirements and pass the state assessments.

    Graduates of the Leadership for Educational Change program are eligible to take our 5-credit School District Leader sequence and be eligible for:

    • New York State School District Leader (SDL) certification for those who meet the experience and credit requirements, and who pass the state assessments.
[When I was a New York City Teaching Fellow], I spent a lot of time looking for a leadership program that set meeting the needs of students with disabilities as a priority and [I] found that, here, at Bank Street. I also found an opportunity to be a part of an amazing, diverse cohort of learners who share a similar commitment to best practices and inclusiveness. The advisory component of the program also provides a unique opportunity to get very personalized attention. The transition to leadership is exciting and challenging; advisory helps you find your way.
Debbie Tasioudis, GSE ’12