Museum Education Programs:
Childhood Certification and Non-Certification

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  • Master of Science in Education: 42 or 47 credits

Learn from core graduate faculty mentors who are master teachers and museum educators

Develop innovative curriculum to work with children in dynamic museum settings and in classrooms.

Intern in a museum setting, and discover how children learn in classroom settings

Develop creative ways to help children, families and adults engage with museum exhibits.

Cathleen WigginsCathleen Wiggins
Program Director

The Museum Education programs prepare graduate students for two professional roles: that of a museum educator knowledgeable about children and schools, and/or that of a classroom teacher skilled in integrating museums and museum teaching methods into the classroom.

Your museum courses will emphasize the educational role and mission of museums and schools in a pluralistic society while your education courses will provide you with the necessary content and pedagogy about teaching and learning. Faculty are drawn from both teaching and museum backgrounds and include working museum professionals. The programs combine course and field experiences in both schools and museums.

You will discover that classrooms and museums are exciting places where children best when they are engaged in exploring the wonder of the world around them. Through fieldwork and course work, you will integrate theory and practice, building a sound foundation in human development, subject matter pedagogy, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts of contemporary education.

Admissions 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 (for those seeking the certification option).
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

Degree Program Options

  • Museum Education: Childhood (Certification), 47 credits
    • Master of Science 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.
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  • Museum Education (Non-Certification), 42 credits
    • Master of Science in Education
    • This program does not lead to teacher certification.
    • This program offers flexibility among the curriculum courses so that you may shape your program to align with your particular museum interests. You may use your elective credits in an area of your choice.
    • Through this program, you will have more flexibility in grades levels that you work with in classrooms and museums.
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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 (for those seeking the certification option).