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Museum Education (Non-Certification)


  • Program Overview

    The Museum Education Non-Certification program prepares you for the various professional roles of a museum educator knowledgeable about children, adults and their interactions with cultural and community based organizations.

    The non-certification program allows you to investigate and subsequently design curricular approaches for a broad range of potential clients, inclusive of very young children and adults.

    This program offers multiple opportunities for you to engage in:

    • The often hidden work of creating museum exhibits and their related programming
    • Teaching residencies in public and independent schools
    • Internships at local museums, cultural institutions, parks or zoos
    • Multiple ‘behind the scenes’ field trips to local museums, zoos and historic sites for courses and independent projects

    The museum specific courses emphasize the educational role and mission of museums and schools in a pluralistic society while our education courses will provide you with the necessary content and pedagogy about teaching and learning. Faculty are drawn from both teaching and museum backgrounds and include working museum professionals.

    Through fieldwork and course work, you will integrate theory and practice, building a sound foundation in human development, subject matter pedagogy, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of contemporary education.

    This program culminates in a Master of Science in Education and requires 42 credits.

    Two museum education students visiting St. John the Divine Church and Museum

  • Admissions Requirements

    Please refer to our admissions criteria.

  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice. Fieldwork is taken in the fall and spring semesters of a single academic year in either the first or second year of the program. You will:

    • Student teach in the fall term, three days a week, in two different school settings
    • Spring semester museum internship.
    • Faculty support and supervision as you engage with children, and other adults in your fieldwork settings.
    • Participate in a weekly seminar of 5-7 students
    • Individual meetings with your advisor twice monthly
  • Career Opportunities

    Your degree will provide you with a range of career opportunities:

    • Many graduates chose to work in museum settings or community based organizations with an enriched approach to curriculum development embedded in their practice
    • Employed at curriculum, exhibition, and/or media design firms.
    • Independent and/or public school classroom head teaching
  • Faculty

Meet our alumni
My work in creating the best possible experience in museums, classrooms, and beyond was largely shaped by the teachers, atmosphere, and community at Bank Street. I have adopted Bank Street’s pedagogies of close listening, conversational teaching, teaching for multiple modalities, and respect for the whole learner. Every day, I feel comfortable and confident in my work thanks in no small part to my experiences in the Museum Education program at Bank Street.
Luned Palmer
Bank Street Graduate School of Education '14
Meet Luned Alumni