Leadership in Technology & the Arts: Visual Arts Focus

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  • Master of Science in Education

No Longer Accepting Applications

We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer 2014 term. 

A 25-month summer residency collaborative program...

with Parsons The New School for Design.

Come to New York for three Julys...

and return to your school in the two intervening years to apply theory to practice with the mentorship of a Bank Street advisor.

Cathleen WigginsCathleen Wiggins
Program Director

Leadership in Technology and the Arts: Visual Arts Focus is one of the few programs in the nation that grounds preparation for school leadership in a strong studio arts program. Candidates become eligible for a wide range of leadership roles in pre-school through 12th grade schools and other educational organizations, and focus intensively on arts education. Some candidates come with significant arts experiences; others have a strong interest in arts education but little background.

Parsons The New School for Design and Bank Street College of Education have designed this special master's degree program to meet the particular needs of art teachers seeking professional development in educational leadership.

During the month of July for three consecutive summers, graduate students take courses at both colleges. The program's 42 credits consist of 18 credits focused on professional development, supervision and administration, 15 credits in studio art, and 9 credits of supervised fieldwork/advisement.

Each summer students experience a combination of leadership and studio art courses. The leadership portion provides the knowledge and skills base needed for the role of supervisor or administrator in your school or in community settings. The studio art portion offers a forum for expanding your art skills and knowledge in drawing, painting, and printmaking, and career possibilities in the world of art and design. As part of the program, you will visit artists' studios, museums, and galleries.

Distinctive Features

  • Take coursework in the summer. You will take courses during the last week of June and the July term at Bank Street for three summers and will complete your Supervised Fieldwork during the two intervening academic years. During the fall and spring terms, candidates do not need to reside in the NYC metropolitan area.
  • Study with a group of passionate arts educators. You will become part of a strong professional network. Your fellow candidates may currently teach art, technology, English, social studies, science, drama, or other subjects, but all share an interest in arts education.
  • Delve deeply into school change strategies. Courses and fieldwork stress effective change strategies, with an emphasis on the role of arts education, and provide experience in action research.

Career Opportunities

  • Supervisory roles in schools or arts programs, e.g. principal, assistant principal, program director, department chair, staff developer, coach.
  • Teacher leader roles, e.g. teacher leader, teacher mentor, peer coach, curriculum developer, instructional specialist.
  • Supervisory roles in districts (with SDL certification), e.g. Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, District curriculum coordinator, District staff development coordinator.
  • Other educational leadership roles: Educational administrator in a non-school setting.

Certification in Education

Program completion leads to:

  • New York State School Building Leader (SBL) certification for those who meet experience requirements and pass the state assessments.
  • New York State School District Leader (SDL) certification for those who add Bank Street's five-credit SDL sequence to their studies, meet the experience and credit requirements, and pass the state assessments. (SDL link)


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 Leadership in Technology and the Arts: Visual Arts Focus program.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

  • Supervised by a Bank Street advisor who is an educational leader with a strong interest in the arts.
  • Extends over the entire course of the program, with intensive projects undertaken during the two academic years that come between the three July residencies.
  • Generally located at the site where you currently work, with visits from your advisor and mentoring from your site supervisor. 

Admission Requirements

  • Excellent academic record and references reflecting strong leadership potential.
  • Demonstrated interest in arts education. (No specific arts experience required.)
  • To qualify for SBL certification, candidates must have successfully completed three years of teaching or pupil personnel service work in N-12 settings.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.