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Bank Street Graduate School of Education & BronxWorks


Early Childhood Education Master’s Cohort Project

A driving force of Bank Street’s work and mission is to insure that ALL children have access to high quality early childhood education. The expansion of Universal PreK in New York City offers thousands of young children access to early learning. Teachers in community-based programs that have lacked resources need support to earn master’s degrees that lead to permanent teacher certification. Bank Street Graduate School of Education will partner with BronxWorks located on the Grand Concourse to offer a community-based, high quality Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Early childhood teachers and assistant teachers working in the Bronx will have increased geographical and financial access to Bank Street’s highly regarded program. This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Russell Grinnell Memorial Trust.

Courses will be offered at BronxWorks and significant tuition support will be available. This effort will support Bronx community-based programs and ensure that teachers in these preschool programs become credentialed. Research documents that teachers who have earned a Master’s degree in early childhood education are better prepared to implement best practices at the early childhood classrooms. Participants who are admitted to this program as Bank Street graduate students will work closely with faculty who have extensive experience in classrooms and schools. They will also have access to Bank Street’s most current early childhood resources, robust professional and children’s libraries, extensive student support systems, conferences, and special events as well as a prestigious alumni network.

The program will use a cohort model. Participants will complete the prescribed courses and experiences as part of an ongoing professional learning community. Cohort models increase participants’ retention, attendance, and professional dispositions.  Faculty will tailor courses to the work schedules and teaching strengths of participants, and align required graduate work with daily classroom practice.

Candidates for the program must hold an undergraduate degree in any field to apply to the program. In order to obtain a permanent teaching credential, candidates must complete the Master’s program and all NYC and NYS requirements.

Recruitment, program planning, and candidate selection will occur in Spring 2015.  The tentative start date of the program is Summer 2015.  The Project Director, Dr. Nancy Lauter, will be reaching out to early childhood programs and educators throughout the Bronx.  If you know of anyone who may be interested in this program, please alert her/him to this exciting opportunity.