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Leadership in Mathematics Education


  • Program Overview

    The program seeks those who have a strong interest in educational leadership and a desire to develop a deeper understanding of mathematics.

    The Leadership in Mathematics Education program is one of the few programs in the nation that grounds preparation for school leadership in a strong mathematics education program. As a student in this program, you will be supported to inspire and lead change efforts in leadership and mathematics. The program begins with an intensive July residency and continues online during the academic year. You will complete a total of three July residencies with two intervening academic years.

    This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 37 credits.

    Graduate faculty working with students in math 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.
    • 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

    The integration of coursework and field experiences is central to a Bank Street education. Guided by your advisor, you will engage in guided leadership experiences that are essential to your professional growth and development. During the year, participation in a 2-hour monthly online meeting with your advisor and a small group of classmates is required. During these sessions you will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing, in-depth conversations about learning, teaching, and leading.

  • Career Opportunities

    After graduating, you will be eligible for supervisory roles in schools, including principal, assistant principal, director of a math department, or a curriculum specialist. This degree will also support you in moving into roles that support professional development in mathematics as a consultant, or math coach, or mathematics researcher and writer.

  • Faculty

  • Scholarship Opportunities for Math Leadership

    Applicants applying to the Leadership in Mathematics Education program are eligible to apply for three different scholarships:

    • the Neuberger Foundation Scholarship,
    • the Spiegler Scholarship, or
    • the Cathy Boss Scholarship.

    Download the application for these scholarships. (PDF)

    For more information, visit the Scholarships page.

I wanted the opportunity to build my own understanding of mathematics while thinking deeply about effective mathematics teaching and learning. [Through] the program, I learned to expand and deepen my definition of what mathematics is, and learned from my classmates all the many different ways we come to make sense of mathematics.
Helen Spruill, GSE ’17
Two women working on a math problem

Saturday Math

Sponsored by the Leadership in Mathematics program, four Saturday morning sessions a year are held on topics relevant to all who teach and learn mathematics. Teachers, coaches and administrators from the tri-state area meet for coffee, bagels and a facilitated session on a selected topic in the teaching of mathematics.

The sessions consist of activities and discussion and often provide resource materials. There is ample opportunity to share ideas and concerns with other professionals. Topics may be curriculum specific (“Making the Fraction, Decimal & Percent connection”) or instruction specific (“Teaching Mathematics in the Inclusion Classroom”).