Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need prior teaching experience or coursework in education before I apply to Bank Street? Our programs are varied enough to meet the needs of all qualified college graduates, with or without prior experience in teaching, administration, or other human service fields. However, we do feel it is important for you to have experience with children so that you feel confident that this career choice is grounded in a realistic understanding of yourself and of children.
Can I apply to more than one program at a time? No, you must choose one program for your initial application.
Do you require GRE scores? No, we do not use any standardized tests in admissions (except for English language proficiency for international applicants).
What is the program essay? It is a component of the application process that provides insight into applicants' spontaneous writing skills. It also gives applicants an opportunity to reflect on assumptions about the field. Allow about an hour and a half to complete the essay, which you will begin at the Office of Admissions Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. Applicants who are invited to have an admissions interview must complete the program essay before the interview. Those who live at a distance from the College may be able to arrange to have a phone interview and to have an alternative plan for completing the program essay.
What is your tuition rate? For the 2012-2013 school year, our tuition is $1,295 per credit. For additional information on tuition and fees, visit this page.
May I defer my admission? Yes. After acceptance, you may defer your admission for up to one year with your admissions deposit of $250 and a letter outlining your plans to the Admissions Office.
Can I take courses before I apply for a degree program? Sure. Taking courses as a non-matriculated student is a great way to introduce yourself to Bankstreet. If you then decide to apply to a degree program, your class performance will be another admissions factor we take into consideration. We encourage students to apply to a Bank Street master's degree program before they have completed six credits.
Do you accept transfer credits? With program director approval, students may transfer in up to six graduate credits not used toward another degree, provided the courses either match ones required for the program at Bank Street or are used as elective credit.
I am a classroom teacher. Do I have to leave my job to do supervised fieldwork? Usually students are able to use your own classroom for your supervised fieldwork / advisement setting as long as it is appropriate for the program to which you have applied, you have the support of your principal or school director to have your Bank Street advisor work with you at the school, and your classroom is accessible to your advisor.
Can I teach in a public school while finishing my master's? Students who have completed half of the credits in their master's degree program including supervised fieldwork may apply for the Internship Certificate Credential. This is a two-year temporary certification allowing students to complete the master's degree and earn full certification. For more information, visit the Certification page.
Can I attend part-time? Many students begin or end their programs on a part-time schedule. For one year of the program (fall and spring semesters), students must attend school full-time. In this academic year, students are integrating the daytime supervised fieldwork component with at least one class. Classes are held in the evening from 4:45 - 6:45 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., allowing students flexibility over their weekday schedule.