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Individualized Master's Program: Studies in Education

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  • Master of Science in Education: 30 credits
  • Master of Education

Deepen your understanding of how children learn

Integrate course content with meaningful experiences in the field.

Create an individualized course of study

Choose courses across programs or focus on an area of professional interest.

Sue CarbarySue Carbary
Program Director

Studies in Education allows you to create an individualized course of study across a range of course offerings, or in one area of particular interest in consultation with program director. Students in Studies in Education have pursued professional work in a range of areas including writing for children, educational policy and advocacy, educational environments for children, creating developmentally appropriate content for television and media, science education in the elementary school.

All students in the program take courses from a few core areas: human development, philosophy of education, curriculum development, and the social context. The remaining academic credits are taken in courses relevant to your particular interests, including up to six graduate credits transferred into the program from other institutions.

The 30-credit program leads to a Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) degree for students who do not have a prior master’s degree or to a Master of Education (Ed. M.) degree for students who hold a prior master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

  • Mature, self -aware and committed individuals who are excited about learner-centered education. There is an expectation of an ability and willingness to be reflective about one's own practices.
  • Candidate must have a clear sense of his or her professional goals.
  • See the Admissions Criteria.

Certification in Education

This program does not lead to certification.

Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement

The integration of coursework and field experiences is central to a Bank Street education.

  • Gain experience in a setting connected to your field of interest.
  • Participate in a weekly collaborative conference group with your advisor and 5-7 other graduate students. You will have an opportunity to engage in ongoing in-depth conversations about teaching and learning.
  • Gain from having your Bank Street advisor work with you in your site each month.
  • Benefit from individual meetings with your advisor twice each month.
  • Attend periodic three-way meetings with your advisor.

Career Opportunities

  • Produce educational materials.
  • Work in media groups such as Children's Television Workshop.
  • Design environments for children.
  • Develop educational policy.
  • Work in child advocacy programs.
  • Work in education-related fields.