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Leadership in Museum Education

M.S. ED. DEGREE: 40 CREDITS. Brian Hogarth, Director.

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 1

Learning 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 II

History 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.