Educational Leadership Master’s Programs

Whether you’re looking to transition into an educational leadership role or hone your leadership skills, Bank Street will help you take this transformative next step in your career.

An educational leadership degree from Bank Street challenges you to imagine the true potential of the schools, districts, and organizations in which you work. At Bank Street, you’ll refine your strategic planning and management skills while learning how to build a roadmap for realizing a vision of high-quality education that serves your entire community. You’ll be encouraged to dream big, commit to progress, and make a real difference in your setting. 

Bank Street is a national leader in the field of education with expertise in implementing systems-level change. Our graduates stand out among other graduates in their depth of experience and level of knowledge. They become school principals, superintendents, district leaders, administrators, directors, and more. As part of  the next generation of educational leaders, they’re prepared to see the strength within every student—and every school, and every teacher—and transform it into progress.

If you’re ready to expand your impact and reach a growing number of learners, consider joining Bank Street’s collaborative and supportive educational community today.

What Program Is Right for You?

Each of our programs prepares students to lead children, colleagues, and organizations to new levels of achievement. Choose from a variety of options below for a program that meets your interests and career goals. 

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Progressive Leadership (MSEd, EdM, On Campus or Online, 31-34 credits)

  • Advance your understanding of educational reform by examining the strengths and possibilities of schools
  • Learn to instill systems-wide progressive values and practices in your setting to make instruction and learning more meaningful 
  • Build a strong professional network as you learn alongside dedicated pre-K–12 educators

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School District Leader Certificate (On Campus or Online, 11 credits)

  • Closely examine a district using case studies to understand how districts are organized and how to approach reform
  • Explore the role of the superintendent and the school board as well as how to meet the needs of a special population
  • Be eligible for New York State certification as a School District Leader (SDL)
  • Graduates of other Bank Street leadership programs can complete this program with only five 1-credit courses

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Early Childhood Leadership Advanced Certificate (Online, 24 credits)

  • Refine your supervision and professional development processes in pre-K and early childhood centers
  • Advance your program management, fiscal management, and organizational development and understand the key levers in transformational adult learning
  • Earn your School Building Leader (SBL) certification and/or Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC)
  • Students who complete the program have the opportunity to take seven additional credits to earn a master’s degree in Educational Leadership

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Leadership in Mathematics Education (MSEd, On Campus, 37 credits)

  • Learn to meet curricular, instructional, and assessment challenges in math education
  • Inspire colleagues and students to approach traditional mathematics concepts in engaging ways
  • Prepare for supervisory roles like principal, director, curriculum specialist, researcher, and more

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Museum Studies: Learning and Engagement in Museums and Cultural Organizations (MSEd, Blended Online and On Campus, 36 credits)

  • Strengthen the capacity of our museums and institutions to support vibrant, diverse learning communities
  • Learn to design innovative programming, educational resources, community engagement initiatives, and visitor programs
  • Understand what it takes to effect change in cultural and non-profit organizations with educational missions

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Studies in Education – Leadership Pathway (MSEd, EdM, On Campus)

  • Individualize your course of study in educational leadership based on your career goals
  • Complete coursework in human development, philosophy of education, curriculum development, social context, and more
  • Prepare for positions in advocating for children, designing learning environments, developing educational policy, and others

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Why Bank Street?

Leadership Expertise

Bank Street has a rich portfolio of work leading change efforts in schools and communities across the country in collaboration with schools, districts, programs, and policymakers.

Prepared in the Long Run

Bank Street is proud that 87% of its graduates remain in the field of education and 87% feel more confident in their specialty than comparison professionals.

A National Reputation

Our graduates are highly regarded by schools, educational organizations, and other places of learning across the country. A degree from Bank Street will help you stand out as a forward-thinking educator and leader who is confident, well-prepared, and ready to thrive. 

What Makes Bank Street's Approach Unique?

A hallmark of Bank Street’s approach to preparing high-quality educational leaders is a focus on reflective practice.
Bonnie Maloney, 2018 leadership program alumnus
Alumni Voices
I’ve built a toolkit of meaningful lenses and strategies for leadership that I’ve been able to apply to my work immediately. I learned to appreciate the deep complexity of the work that we do in schools, and to feel hopeful about the amount of change that is possible when we begin to think creatively and work collaboratively.
Bonnie Maloney, GSE ‘18