Academics

Graduate programs at Bank Street College of Education have three integrated components: coursework, supervised fieldwork / advisement, and a culminating integrative master's project. Please download the 2012-2013 Catalog for more information.

Coursework

Coursework at Bank Street provides students with the opportunity to engage in readings, discussions, and experiences that address enduring, current and future aspects of education. The courses encourage a constant interplay between theory and practice; most courses include assignments that require direct inquiry into the worlds of children, teachers, parents and or educational leaders. Courses in all programs emphasize human development and its variations; the historical, philosophical, and social foundations of education; and curriculum and inquiry. Through a variety of intellectual and experiential endeavors, students acquire understanding of the role of education in promoting appreciation of human diversity. Course instructors challenge students through assignments, problem-solving tasks, and models of active learning.

Classes are intentionally kept small to allow for active engagement with the material of the course, fluid discussion and ongoing reflection. Typically classes meet once per week for a two-hour session in the late afternoon or early evening.

Supervised Fieldwork / Advisement

An integral and unique component of a Bank Street education is supervised fieldwork / advisement, a process which enables students to explore and integrate theory and practice.

Each student works closely with an advisor while simultaneously working three to five days a week in a setting appropriate to his or her program of study. During that time, faculty advisors visit students in fieldwork settings for at least one half-day per month. If the student is an assistant teacher, intern, or student teacher, advisors also work closely with the cooperating classroom teacher or setting supervisor.

The advisor also meets with individual students twice monthly, and with a small group of students weekly. This "conference group" provides a setting for students to collaborate with fellow learners as they explore issues and opportunities they face as educators in their field placements.

Individual and group meetings help students develop their practice with support from their advisor and peers. This collaboration combined with self-reflection and the application of course materials give students rich perspective on their teaching.

See individual degree programs for descriptions of their respective fieldwork options.

Integrative Master's Project       

Bank Street degree programs require students to complete a culminating project. This project is expected to be a significant, academically rigorous body of work that integrates many facets of the students experiences at Bank Street and in the field and applies theoretical knowledge to the students' current and future work as educators and educational leaders. 

Learn more and explore the available Integrative Master's Project (IMP) options.