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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:

    • 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

    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 Bose Scholarship.

    Download the application for these scholarships. (PDF)

    For more information, visit the Scholarships page.

The Leadership in Math Education program at Bank Street is transformative. It pushes you in directions you never imagined because it offers you a safe space to take risks….and also gives you the chance to see yourself as a leader regardless of your title. Words from my first day of orientation had a lasting impact on me: "It doesn't take a title to be a leader. A leader is influential." As a result of this program, I have…a vision of myself as a leader and…deeply believe that I am influential.
Kate Smallberg, GSE ’18
Two women working on a math problem

Saturday Math

Sponsored by the Leadership in Mathematics Education program, Saturday Math gathers math teachers, coaches, and administrators on four Saturday mornings a year for coffee, bagels, and a facilitated session on a selected topic in the teaching of mathematics. Topics may be curriculum specific (e.g., “Making the Fraction, Decimal & Percent connection”) or instruction specific (e.g., “Teaching Mathematics in the Inclusion Classroom”).

Alum Honored with 2020 Gaynor McCown Teaching Award

Dawoun Jyung, a 6th grade math teacher and Crew Advisor at MELS, a NYC Outward Bound School, is “someone who makes math come alive for students.” She was honored for her commitment to NYC Outward Bound Schools’ educational approach, which joins together demanding and engaging academics with an emphasis on community and character.