Leadership in Mathematics Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 42 credits

A 25-month summer residency program for teachers who love math

Earn School Building Leadership certification

Robin HummelRobin Hummel
Program Director

Leadership in Mathematics Education (42 credits) is one of the few programs in the nation that grounds preparation for school leadership in a strong mathematics education program. Candidates become eligible for a wide range of leadership roles in P-12 schools, but focus intensively on mathematics content and mathematics pedagogy. Courses and fieldwork stress effective change strategies, with an emphasis on mathematics education, and provide experience in research and professional development. Candidates may enter with strong backgrounds in mathematics, or they may be seeking to gain new insights and confidence in mathematics. This program is geared to those with a strong interest in school leadership positions. (Applicants who want to take on leadership roles while remaining classroom teachers should consider Bank Street's Mathematics Teacher Leader program.)

Distinctive Features

  • Take coursework in the summer. You will take courses during the July term at Bank Street for three summers and will complete your Supervised Fieldwork along with independent projects, papers and research during the two intervening academic years. This means that candidates do not need to reside in the NYC metropolitan area.
  • Study with a group of passionate educators. You will become part of a strong professional network. Your fellow candidates may be early childhood, elementary, middle-grades, or high school teachers, but share a commitment to excellent, innovative mathematics pedagogy as a key component of education reform.
  • Aim for a position as a principal, AP, math coach, math professional developer, or other leadership roles. Graduates have moved into a wide variety of positions in P-12 schools or districts, and other educational organizations.

Career Opportunities

  • Supervisory and other roles in schools, e.g. principal, assistant principal, staff developer, coach.
  • Supervisory roles in districts (with SDL certification) e.g. superintendent, assistant superintendent, district curriculum coordinator, district staff development coordinator.
  • Other educational leadership roles: educational administrator in a non-school setting, curriculum writer or mathematics education researcher/writer.

Certification in Education

  • New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification for those who meet experience requirements and pass the state assessments.
  • New York State School District Leader (SDL) certification for those who add Bank Street's five-credit SDL sequence to their studies, meet the experience and credit requirements, and pass the state assessments. (SDL link)


Courses at Bank Street provide students with the opportunity to engage in readings, discussions, direct experience, and reflection, encouraging a constant interplay between theory and practice. Explore the courses for the Leadership in Mathematics Education program.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

The integration of coursework and field experiences is central to a Bank Street Education.

  • Supervision by an advisor who is an educational leader with a strong background in mathematics pedagogy.
  • Extends over the entire course of the program, with intensive projects undertaken during the two academic years that come between the three July residencies.
  • Generally located at the site where you currently work, with visits from your Bank Street advisor and support from your on-site mentor.

Admission Requirements

  • Excellent academic record and references reflecting strong leadership potential.
  • Demonstrated interest in mathematics education. (No prior formal math coursework or background required.)
  • To qualify for SBL certification, candidates must have successfully completed three years of teaching or pupil personnel service work in N-12 settings by the time they graduate.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.