Courses & Faculty
Leadership in Museum Education is a 40-credit program. Courses meet one weekend a month–Friday evening and all day Saturday–from September through May, plus the five-day June Institute. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a Master of Science in Education degree in Leadership in Museum Education.
The specifics of coursework and field research evolve from year to year to reflect ongoing changes in the field. Whenever possible, weekends include site visits. Here is the list of topics currently covered monthly September through June:
Topics for Year 1Learning in Museums: Current Theories and Issues
Child Development: Designing Spaces and Programs for Children and their Caregivers
Imaginative Education in Theory and Practice in Museums
Adults as Staff, Volunteers and Audience
Aesthetic Education and the Performing & Visual Arts
Exhibition Development for Museum Leaders
New Trends in Community Engagement
Collaboration in Theory and Practice: Museum-School Partnerships
Current Topics: New Technologies; Interpretive Planning; Global Dimensions and other chosen by the class and advisors.
June Institute: Site Visits and Case Studies of Exemplary Educational Programming; Presentation & Evaluation of Semester-long Team Projects Second Year Presentations of Leadership Portfolios
Topics for Year IIHistory and Philosophy of American Museums
Creating a Vision, Articulating a Mission, and Planning for the Future
Organizational Theory including conflict resolution and team/leadership styles
Board, Governance and Leadership Styles
Basics of Fundraising
Marketing and Audience Development
Audience Research and Evaluation
Financial Management and Human Resources
Personal Growth as a Leader and Museum Ethics
June Institute: Site Visits and Case Studies of Organizational Leadership and Change; Presentation and Evaluation of Fundraising Proposals Second year Presentations of Leadership Portfolios
Integrative Master’s Project – Before graduating students present their Museum Leadership Portfolio to the faculty.