Museum Education: Childhood

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  • Master of Science in Education: 47 credits

Develop creative ways to work with children in dynamic museum settings

Become certified in Childhood General Education for grades 1 through 6

Cathleen WigginsCathleen Wiggins
Program Director

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.

The museum courses complement the education courses in your program, emphasizing the educational role and mission of museums and schools in a pluralistic society. You will also learn about child development and its variations, curriculum development, reading, mathematics, with options in science and the arts. These courses stress a learner-centered, experiential approach to learning that is especially well-suited for both museum and classroom settings.

While you are taking courses, you will also do your year of supervised fieldwork/ advisement in the first or second year of your program.

Please see the Museum Education Overview for a full description of the program.

Certification in Education

Graduates are eligible for New York State initial certification in Childhood General Education, grades 1 through 6. After teaching for three years, graduates are eligible for professional 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 Museum Education: Childhood program.

Supervised Fieldwork / Advisement in Schools and Museums

Taken concurrently with coursework, supervised fieldwork is designed to foster the integration of theory and practice. Fieldwork is taken in the fall and spring semesters of a single academic year in either the first or second year of the program.

You will:

  • Student teach in the fall term three days a week with two age groups.
  • Intern at a museum in the spring semester.
  • Be supervised by your advisor, a core graduate faculty mentor, as you work with children in your fieldwork setting.
  • Participate in a weekly conference group of 5-7 students and your advisor.
  • Meet individually with your advisor, twice each month.

Career Opportunities

  • Become an educator in a museum or related cultural settings.
  • Work at curriculum, exhibition, and media design firms.
  • Teach in elementary schools.

Admission Requirements

  • Academic background or work experience in a museum discipline such as anthropology, art history, fine arts, history, or science
  • Breadth and depth in courses in the liberal arts and sciences as required by New York State Dept. of Education
  • See the Admissions Criteria.