Leadership in Museum Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 40 credits

Attend courses in New York City one weekend per month

Experience cutting-edge educational practices at museums throughout the greater New York City area,

Learn from leading practitioners in the field

Instructors come from a variety of museum settings and professions across the country.

Leadership Museum Education May 2015

Brian HogarthBrian Hogarth
Program Director

The Leadership in Museum Education program meets one weekend per month over two years, plus one week in June each year. It prepares museum educators for leadership roles in museums and related cultural institutions across the United States. One year is focused on museum education theories and practice. One year is focused on management, organization and leadership theories and practices. Faculty come from some of the nation's leading museums and consultancies.

The ideal candidate is a museum education professional with five years experience (minimum three) who aspires to greater leadership positions and who can think strategically about how museum education can advance organizational inclusion, engagement and community participation.

Admissions Requirements

  • Excellent academic record and references reflecting strong leadership potential
  • Experience working in a professional capacity for a museum (art, history, science, natural history, zoo botanical garden, aquarium) or related organization (cultural center, foundation, gallery, historic site)
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

Career Development

  • Students build skills to advance from administrative, coordination, and junior manager level jobs to positions with increased responsibility, vision and capacity for change within museums and cultural organizations. 
  • Students learn from and connect with peers in a variety of institutions and alumnae who hold leading positions at museums throughout the country.

Course Highlights

  • In the education year, discuss learning theories, programming for children and adults, community engagement, interpretation and exhibition development.
  • In the management year, discuss organizational theory, leadership, strategic planning, marketing and finance.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

  • Supervised by a Bank Street advisor who is or has been an experienced educational leader of a museum or cultural institution.
  • Extends over the two years of the program.
  • Generally located at the site where you currently work, with visits from your advisor, monthly advisement and peer support.

Guest Instructors

  • Marianna Adams, Audience Focus, Dallas
  • Swarupa Anila, Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Leslie Bedford, author, The Art of Museum Exhibitions
  • Anne Bergeron, author, Magnetic, The Art and Science of Engagement
  • Claudine Brown, Smithsonian Institute
  • Rika Burnham, Frick Collection
  • Kent Chabotar, Guilford College
  • William Crow, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Brigid Globensky, Milwaukee Art Museum
  • Donna Walker Kuhne, author, Invitation to the Party
  • Mary Ellen Munley, MEM and Associates, Chicago
  • Kathleen McLean, Independent Exhibitions, Berkeley
  • Laura Roberts, Consultant, Strategic Planning
  • Deborah Schwartz, Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Lois Silverman, author and consultant on museums and social work
  • Sally Yerkovich, Institute of Museum Ethics, Seton Hall University