Bank Street College of Education

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College Profile

The Graduate School provides its students with insight into a developmental-interaction approach when engaging children in learning. This approach recognizes that children learn best when they are actively engaged both intellectually and emotionally with materials, ideas and people. By using this approach Bank Street graduate students learn to foster children’s curiosity, love of learning, tolerance of human difference, supportive sense of community, and engagement with the world around them.

  • Our approach is grounded in sound developmental principles.

  • We strive to foster children’s development in the broadest sense by providing diverse opportunities for physical, social, emotional, and cognitive growth.

  • We respect children as active learners, experimenters, explorers, and artists.

  • We understand that children do not all learn at the same rate or in the same way.

  • We also understand that learning is social, and that children learn in interaction with each other and with their environment. We believe that the Bank Street approach leads to a lifetime of learning.

The Graduate School Experience

All of Bank Street master’s programs include small group work, opportunities for active learning in dialogue with instructors and peers, as well as focused, individual mentoring and professional development with faculty advisors.

Supervised Fieldwork / Advisement

Graduate students gain practical experience in an appropriate fieldwork setting as an integral part of their program.

  • Students spend three to five days a week in their field setting for a significant portion of their program. Here they learn to take on new roles and to put their new knowledge into practice.

  • Each student has a core faculty advisor who visits each advisee in his or her field setting at least once a month.

  • The advisor observes and mentors each advisee, including meeting together with the student and the cooperating teacher or site supervisor.

  • The faculty advisor also meets with each advisee at least twice a month, and facilitates a weekly two-hour small conference group of student advisees.


The courses cover theory, research, and practical information preparing students to enter their chosen fields. They also require students to examine their own experiences in light of new ideas and new insights. In classes, Graduate students have opportunities for exploration, discussion and reflection. Bank Street faculty often model ways that graduates might work with children or with professional staff in schools, museums, or child life settings.

Integrative master’s project or professional seminar

As students move toward concluding their programs, they use the integrative master’s project or, in the Leadership programs, a professional seminar, to explore an area of interest in more depth. The IMP’s and professional seminars are designed as culminating experiences that enable students to synthesize and expand on what they have learned during their graduate studies in order to further their professional growth through inquiry, reflection and integration.



Childhood Education
Dual Language/Bilingual Education
Early Childhood Education
Infancy and Family Development and Early Intervention
Literacy Education
Museum Education
Studies in Education
Special Education
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)


Institution Demographics

  • Total enrollment: 650

  • International Student Enrollment: 6

  • Male 10%, Female 90%

  • Faculty-student ratio: 1:13

  • Faculty: Full-Time 31, Part-Time 21

  • Number of countries represented on campus: 7

  • Top five countries represented on campus: Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, China, Dominican Republic

International Student Housing Options

International Students can look for housing through International House on 122nd and Riverside Drive, or complete their own housing search to find an apartment.

Collaborative programs

Bank Street has many opportunities for students to study abroad or teach abroad.

Bank Street also has two affiliate schools in Gyeongsan, South Korea and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

First Year, Transfer, and Graduate Students

Admissions Information:

Visa Information

Bank Street College issues I-20s for accepted International Student applicants seeking an F-1 Student visa.

Cost of Attendance and Financial Assistance for International Students

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $1,475 per credit.

A full list of tuition and fees can be found at:

Financial Aid

Bank Street College does not provide financial aid for International students

Student Activities and Campus Life

Bank Street’s Council of Students (COS), facilitates educational, professional and social events for graduate students. More information can be found here: