Curriculum and Instruction

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  • Master of Science in Education: 32 credits

Enhance your understanding of curriculum

Deepen your skills and understanding for creative, meaningful teaching.

Create a program tailored to curriculum interests

Earn professional certification in the area of your initial certification.



Adrianne KamslerAdrianne Kamsler
Program Director

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed for individuals who hold initial certification in general education or general and special education at the Early Childhood or Childhood level. You will have the opportunity to delve deeply into areas that are of professional interest to you, shaping your own program of study. You may choose to concentrate your coursework and fieldwork in areas such as child development, curricular studies, children's literature, or the math and sciences.

The Curriculum and Instruction program will deepen your capacity to understand children. Create meaningful and responsive curricula as you strengthen your skills working with colleagues and families. Inquiry, reflection, creativity and collaboration will be central to your experience at Bank Street.

Certification in Education

Leads to New York State professional certification in the area of initial certification for those who hold valid New York State initial certification in General Education or in General and Special Education at the Early Childhood or Childhood level.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice. You will:

  • Work in classroom settings as a full-time assistant or head teacher, or as a student teacher (3 days each week).
  • Choose an alternative experience relevant to your area of study for the spring semester, or continue in your classroom setting.
  • Be supervised by your advisor, a core graduate faculty mentor, as you work with children in your fieldwork setting.
  • Participate in a weekly conference group of 5-7 students and your advisor.
  • Meet individually with your advisor twice each month.

Career Opportunities

  • Head teaching positions in independent, public or charter schools
  • Curriculum specialists and grade level lead teachers
  • Co-teachers in collaborative team teaching (CTT) and Integrative Collaborative Teaching (ICT) classroom settings

Admission Requirements

  • Candidates need to have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification in general education or in teaching students with disabilities at the early childhood level (birth through grade 2) or at the childhood level (grades 1-6).
  • Those who hold certification from a state having reciprocity with New York need to apply for New York State certification when applying to this program.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.