General Teacher Education

Bank Street offers general teacher programs in early childhood and childhood education, including a program that leads to dual certification across these ages. All of these general education programs are based in an understanding of child development, of curriculum across the subject areas, and of close observation of children.

All graduate students learn through small classes and through extensive supervised fieldwork / advisement in classroom settings, mentored by a faculty advisor.

General Teacher Education Programs - Initial Certification

If you are hoping to earn your first teacher certification in general education, you might choose a certification program from below:

  • Early Childhood General Education (birth through grade 2)

    The Early Childhood General Education program is designed for teachers and prospective teachers who wish to work with young children from birth through grade two, focusing on nursery school through second grade. You will learn collaborative ways of working with parents, teachers and professionals to help support the positive development and modes of learning in young children.

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  • Childhood General Education (grades 1 through 6)

    The Childhood General Education program prepares you to work with children in 1st through 6th grade. You will become a teacher who deeply understands children, can create exciting responsive curricula, and has strong skills in working with colleagues and families. You will learn that classrooms are exciting places where children develop best when they are engaged in exploring the wonder of the world around them.

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  • Dual Certification: Early Childhood & Childhood General Education (birth through grade 6)

    The Early Childhood and Childhood General Education program prepares you to work with children across the broad age range of pre-school through 6th grade. This program is right for you if you are interested in engaging with children who are full of curiosity and discovering exciting ways to engage them in active learning.

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  • Museum Education: Childhood (grades 1 through 6)

    Individuals interested in general education might want to explore the Museum Education: Childhood program preparing students to be classroom teachers or museum educators. Museum Education: Childhood is right for you if you are interested in working as a museum educator, or as a certified classroom teacher in grades 1 through 6 who has specialized knowledge about museums. While you take courses that will provide you with Childhood Certification, your museum courses will complement these education courses by emphasizing the educational role and mission of museums and schools in a pluralistic society.

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  • Dual Language / Bilingual Education Programs

    Those who are fluent in Spanish may want to explore our Dual Language/ Bilingual Education programs. The Dual Language/Bilingual program prepares teachers to work with a wide range of learners in early childhood (birth–grade 2) and childhood (grades 1-6) in general, inclusive, and/or special education settings. Coursework explores the academic, social, and political issues surrounding the education of children for whom English is a new language or who are growing up in bilingual environments.

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General Teacher Education Programs - Professional Certification

If you already have certification in general education (or are close to receiving your certification), and you are seeking a master’s degree that leads to professional certification in the area of your first certification, you might choose to apply for one of these programs:

  • Curriculum & Instruction

    The Curriculum & 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.

    In order to enroll in this program, you must have a valid New York State certificate in general education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.

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  • Teacher Leader in Mathematics

    The Teacher Leader in Mathematics program prepares mathematics teachers and coaches to play key roles in professional development and leadership. You will focus intensively on mathematics pedagogy with a view toward becoming an effective teacher leader, master teacher, coach, curriculum developer, or new teacher mentor.

    In order to enroll in this program, you must have a valid New York State certificate in general education. If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity. Click here for an outline of the process.

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Additional Programs

Interested in special education, as well? Learn more about our Special Education programs.