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Teacher Preparation

Our teacher preparation programs prepare graduate students to become teachers; learning, literacy, and curriculum specialists; and museum educators, among a range of career pathways. What connects each of the programs is the orientation that a deep understanding of human development—informed by observation, experience, research, and theory—is essential to thoughtful practice with infants, children, adolescents, and their families.  Each program includes extensive supervised fieldwork under the close mentorship of a faculty advisor aimed at supporting our graduate students in developing a broad repertoire of instructional methods and strategies. We work to develop a practitioner's capacity to advocate for and with all children and families, and to see themselves as agents of social justice and change.

Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Infancy Programs

    These programs focus on working with infants and toddlers, and include a dual degree program in social work option.

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  • Early Childhood General & Special Education Programs

    Bank Street’s Early Childhood programs prepare graduate students to teach children from birth to grade 2 in general and/or special education settings.

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  • Cross Age Program

    The Early Childhood and Childhood General Education program prepares you to work with children across the broad age range of pre-school through 6th grade.

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  • Childhood General & Special Education Programs

    Bank Street’s Childhood programs prepare graduate students to teach children in grades 1-6 in general and/or special education settings.

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  • Adolescent Education Programs

    Adolescent Mathematics Education

    The Adolescent Mathematics Education Program is for preservice and in-service teachers who want to teach math in general education settings, grades 7-12, in public, charter, and independent schools. Our approach to teaching mathematics at Bank Street mindfully integrates pedagogy and content. It is our intention to make the pedagogical practices of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics a reality in our nation’s classrooms.

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    Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist

    The Teaching Students with Disabilities 7-12 Generalist program is designed for applicants seeking to teach adolescents with disabilities in grades 7-12. This program prepares candidates to adapt instruction and make accommodations for students with special needs who are in inclusive settings.

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  • Curriculum & Instruction Program

    The Curriculum & Instruction program is designed for individuals who hold initial certification in general education or general and special education at the Early Childhood or Childhood level. You will have the opportunity to delve deeply into areas that are of professional interest to you, shaping your own program of study.

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  • Dual Language/Bilingual Programs

    Earn a master's in general education and/or special education as part of an integrated program that includes the Bilingual Extension.

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  • Museum Education Programs

    These programs focus on learner-centered education in museums and in classrooms.

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  • Reading & Literacy Programs

    Earn certification as a literacy specialist, including a dual certification program in literacy and childhood education.

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  • Teacher Leadership Program

    The Teacher Leader in Mathematics program prepares mathematics teachers and coaches to play key roles in professional development and leadership.

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  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program

    This program is designed for those applicants seeking preparation to teach English as a new language to speakers of other languages (Pre-K to 12).

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