Museum Education (Non-Certification)

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  • Master of Science in Education: 42 credits

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

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

Cathleen WigginsCathleen Wiggins
Program Director

Museum Education (Non-Certification) is right for you if you plan to have a career as a museum educator but do not have an interest in becoming a classroom teacher. The museum courses complement the education courses in your program, emphasizing the educational role and mission of museums and schools in a pluralistic society.

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 four elective credits in an area of your choice.

Through this program, you still student teach, but have more flexibility in grade levels. You take all teacher education courses required for certification except courses in teaching reading, children's literature, and math. All of the courses stress a learner-centered, experiential approach to learning that is especially well-suited for both museum and classroom settings.

Please see the Museum Education Overview for a full description of the Museum Education programs.


This program does not lead to teacher certification.


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 Museum Education (non-certification) program.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

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. See sample program sequence options .
You will:

  • Student teach in the fall term three days a week with two age group.
  • 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.

Admission Requirements

Academic background or work experience in a museum discipline such as anthropology, art history, fine arts, history, or science. See the Admissions Criteria.

Career Opportunities

  • Become an educator in a museum or related cultural settings.
  • Work at curriculum, exhibition, and media design firms.