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Progressive Leadership Program (On Campus or Online)

M.S.Ed, Ed.M

  • Program Overview

    The Progressive Leadership program prepares experienced educators for leadership roles in the New York City public school system.

    Each year, we welcome a cohort of aspiring leaders from New York City school systems into the Progressive Leadership program, formerly the Principals Institute, to study strategies for urban school reform. We have graduated more than 35 cohorts of educators since 1989.

    As a student in the Progressive Leadership program, you will learn alongside a dedicated group of educators who share your passion for PreK through 12 urban education, building a strong professional network while pursuing challenging coursework and guided fieldwork. Upon graduation, you will qualify for a range of educational leadership roles, including education administrator, assistant principal and principal.

    This program culminates in a Master of Education (for those with a prior master’s degree), requiring 31 credits, or a Master of Science in Education, requiring 34 credits. This program is offered either on campus or fully online (beginning spring 2020).

    Six students work in a small group writing on chart paper in a workshop.

  • Admissions Requirements

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

  • Coursework

  • Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

    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 New York City school leader.
    • Supervised fieldwork extends over the full duration of the program and is generally located at the site where you currently work, with visits from your advisor and mentoring from your site supervisor.
    • You will complete a summer placement at a different location and at a different school level to gain experience in a new context.
  • Faculty

  • Certification

    Completion of the Progressive Leadership 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 Progressive Leadership 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.
The institute gave us [aspiring school leaders from across the city] a chance to sit down with our colleagues and professors and have a space to dream, to really think about where is it that I can make the most change. I was well prepared to tackle the challenges I face as a principal in New York City.
Dave Baiz, GSE ’13
Graduate student presenting in front of class

Leaders in Education Apprenticeship Program (LEAP), Roc Urban Leadership Program, and Yonkers Urban Leadership Academy (YULA)

Bank Street Graduate School of Education, through a NYS grant, is piloting a new competency-based master’s degree program that has been developed in collaboration with three different districts: the NYCDOE, the Rochester Community School District and the Yonkers School District. In addition, this collaboration includes working with NYCLA for Yonkers and Rochester and Teaching Matters for the NYCDOE. Students will complete 30 credits that culminate in a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and an institutional recommendation for New York State School Building Leadership.

The intent of the program is to prepare future school leaders who are equipped to meet the expectation of each respective school district. This goal is achieved through the design of competencies, tasks, and assessments through which students demonstrate their knowledge and skills as future school building leaders. By embedding the program in the district, this supports the development of a district leadership pipeline and builds the internal capacity for sustainability.