Studies in Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 30 credits
  • Master of Education

A flexible, individualized program    

A non-certification program for those seeking a deeper understanding of learner-centered education

Adrianne KamslerAdrianne Kamsler
Program Director

Studies in Education allows you to create an individualized course of study across a range of course offerings, or in one area of particular interest. This program is right for you if you have a particular interest in knowing more about developmentally appropriate, learner-centered education, but you do not need a program that leads to certification. Students in Studies in Education have pursued programs in areas such as writing for children, educational policy and advocacy, educational environments for children, creating developmentally appropriate content for television and media, science education in the elementary school, to name only a few.

All students in the program take courses from a few core areas: human development, philosophy of education, curriculum development, and the social context. The remaining academic credits are taken in courses relevant to your particular interests, including up to six graduate credits transferred into the program from other institutions.

The 30-credit program leads to a Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree for students who do not have a prior master’s degree or to a Master of Education (Ed. M.) degree for students who hold a prior master’s degree.

Distinctive Features

  • Learn from core graduate faculty mentors, master teachers who have extensive backgrounds working in a range of settings.
  • Ground your work in an understanding of development and in learner-centered education.
  • Benefit from the flexible structure that allows you to design your own program in consultation with the director.

Certification in Education

This program does not lead to certification.


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 Studies in Education program.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

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

  • Gain experience in a setting connected to your field of interest.
  • Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your advisor and 5-7 other graduate students. You will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing in-depth conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Gain from having your Bank Street advisor work with you in your site each month.
  • Benefit from individual meetings with your advisor twice each month.
  • Attend periodic three-way meetings with your advisor.

Admission Requirements

  • Mature, self -aware and committed individuals who are excited about learner-centered education. There is an expectation of an ability and willingness to be reflective about one's own practices.
  • Candidate must have a clear sense of his or her professional goals.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

Career Opportunities

  • Produce educational materials.
  • Work in media groups such as Children's Television Workshop.
  • Design environments for children.
  • Work in education-related fields.