Museum Education

Which program is right for you?

If you want teacher certification and the option of teaching in elementary schools, or working in a museum, choose

Museum Education: Childhood is right for you if you want to have the option of working either as a museum educator, or as a certified classroom teacher in grades 1 through 6.

If you plan to work only in museums, choose

Museum Education (Non-Certification) is right for you if you plan to have a career as a museum educator but do not have an interest in becoming a classroom teacher.

If you are currently working in a museum setting and you want to prepare for a leadership position, please explore 

Leadership in Museum Education, prepares leaders for museums or other cultural institutions by providing intensive preparation in both museum management and museum education.

Overview of Programs

Bank Street College offers two Museum Education programs and a Leadership in Museum Education program. The description here applies to the Museum Education programs, but you will find more about Leadership in Museum Education on this link.

The Museum Education programs prepare graduate students for two professional roles: that of a museum educator knowledgeable about children and schools, and/or that of a classroom teacher skilled in integrating museums and museum teaching methods into the classroom.

The programs emphasize the educational role and mission of museums in a pluralistic society by providing a sound foundation in human development, learning theories, developing learner-centered classroom curricula, and museum policy and practice. Faculty are drawn from both teaching and museum backgrounds and include working museum professionals. The programs combine course and field experiences in both schools and museums.

Five specialized museum education courses complementing teacher education courses are designed to help you bring the full richness of museum collections, programs, and resources to children in their schools, with their families and within their communities. You move through these courses as a cohort over three semesters: two daytime courses both fall and spring semesters of the first year, and an evening course in the fall of the second year. Each cohort builds a strong sense of identity and camaraderie as a component of the program experience. You will take teacher education courses throughout the program.

Distinctive Features

  • Explore museums, meet with museum staff, and participate in museum programs.
  • Develop exhibition and research projects in collaboration with museum staff.
  • Experience aesthetic education in conjunction with Lincoln Center Institute.