Applying to Bank Street's Online Programs
Starting Fall 2015, Bank Street will be launching fully-online master's programs for the very first time. The following information is intended to help you as you navigate the admissions process:
Bank Street College offers two master's degree programs that are fully online. The Child Life program prepares students for careers as Certified Child Life Specialists in both hospital and community health care environments. The Teacher Leader in Mathematics Education program is for those who want to continue classroom teaching and earn a professional certificate, or for those who wish to become math coaches or staff developers in their schools. The Leadership in Mathematics Education program leads to a School Building Leader certification.
The Teacher Leader in Mathematics Education program is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who wish to prepare for leadership roles in their schools and earn a professional license while bolstering their own capacity to do mathematics. The Leadership in Mathematics Education program is designed for teachers, coaches, or administrators who want to earn a school building leader’s license, with an intensive focus on mathematics.
What does it mean to learn in an online environment using a Bank Street approach? It means courses that include:
- A sense of community and social presence;
- Opportunities for authentic collaborative inquiry;
- Constructivist experiences and discovery rather than simple information delivery.
It is important that Bank Street graduate students engaged in an online learning environment recognize and experience themselves as part of a community of learners as they explore the course content online.
Applicants for master's degree programs at Bank Street may apply online or by mail; Bank Street does not have a preference for which method applicants choose.
Printable Application (PDF)
Online Course Competencies Questionnaire (fillable .pdf. right click and save as)
Bank Street College accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. We encourage applicants to apply by priority deadlines to ensure admissions decision prior to the start of the term.
- Child Life priority deadline: February 1, 2015.
- Math Leadership priority deadline: April 1, 2015.
Applications are considered complete upon receipt of the following:
- Completed application form
- Non-refundable application fee ($65), payable to Bank Street College
- Three letters of reference (downloadable reference form)
- A reflective autobiography
- Short Essays
- Completed Online Course Competencies Questionnaire (if applying online, the questionnaire will be part of the application)
We urge prospective students who think they might seek financial aid to file the FAFSA early in their process of applying to a Graduate School program at Bank Street. Prospective students should apply for both admission and financial aid at the same time; applicants should follow the priority timeline given above, if possible. New students will be considered for financial aid once they have received formal admission to the College. Applicants who begin their application process after the priority timeline will be eligible for loans, and may be eligible for scholarships pending the availability of funds.
All financial aid materials and information are available on the Office of Financial Aid website. When applying for aid using the FAFSA form, you will be asked for the Title IV Code, which for Bank Street College is G02669 (zero-two-six-six-nine).
Bank Street online courses are delivered through our online course environment and online real-time classroom. Before you consider taking an online program with us, you should make sure your technologies are ready. You must own a computer and dedicated internet connection. You computer must have a sound card with a microphone and speakers. Students must also have a webcam to participate in live sessions. If you need more specific information for technical requirements, go to: