Bank Street Graduate School of Education

Bank Street College of Education
New York, NY


Details at a Glance

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Our Program

For more than a century, Bank Street has been a leader in progressive education, helping educators and children develop to their fullest potential.

Bank Street Graduate School of Education is located in New York City and is committed to learner-centered education with a social justice slant. Cultural touchstones like The Little Golden Books, The Voyage of the Mimi, and Goodnight Moon all have roots in our rich history. We're also a big voice in New York City, as noted in the strong relationships we have built with the New York City Department of Education in the past few years. Our graduate programs prepare students for work in classrooms, cultural institutions, hospitals, community-based organizations, and other nonprofit work.

Our approach to progressive education emphasizes and embraces:

A recognition that learning happens best through meaningful relationships developed in the context of intentional communities.

A deep understanding of individual development, rooted in evidence about what works for learners at all ages.

A commitment to building educational experiences upon the strengths of individuals.

Social justice and principles of access and equity for all learners.

Advocacy, action, and the fostering of democratic principles.

Programs in the Graduate School of Education model these principles and values. Adult learning at Bank Street happens through inquiry, observation, research, and hands-on opportunities to help students build on their own knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Core to our approach is the opportunity for graduate students to apply what they are learning in sustained fieldwork experiences. While in fieldwork, students are closely mentored by Bank Street faculty and experienced practitioners and meet with a small group of peers to work collaboratively over time to develop reflective and supportive learning communities.


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  • checkbox-alt3 Letters of Recommendation
  • checkbox-altResume
  • checkbox-altShort Essays
  • checkbox-altReflective Autobiography
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Additional Requirements

Admissions Criteria

Our office takes a holistic approach to the application process. We look forward to reading about how your experiences have shaped who you are and why now might be the right time to start your graduate school education.

If you are interested in applying, we will be looking for a number of criteria, including:

A GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher in an undergraduate degree program from a regionally accredited college or university

An aptitude for completing graduate-level coursework and academic projects of substantial scope and breadth, as well as a capacity for making positive contributions in your professional life

Sensitivity to others, flexibility, self-awareness, and a willingness and capacity to engage in self-reflection

Positive interpersonal skills in relationships with both children and adults

A healthy motivation and commitment to learning, children, and young adults

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Entrance Exam for New York State Teacher and Leadership Certification

Bank Street Graduate School of Education follows New York State Education Department regulations for program registration. In accordance with regulation 8 CRR-NY 52.21: Registration of Curricula in Teacher Education, applicants intending to begin a teacher preparation pro­gram or educational leadership program that leads to a New York State certification must sit for an entrance exam. If you already completed a graduate teaching program and hold a currently valid New York State teaching certification, an entrance exam is not required.

Applicants who are applying to any of our certification programs (with the exception of Child Life) have two options for tests:

GRE (institution code is 2035); or

MAT (institution code is 3197)

Scores should be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions along with the other components of your application.

Application Deadline

Bank Street’s application review process is conducted on a rolling basis, meaning we will accept applications throughout the year for all academic terms and programs. Although we have rolling admissions, you may still want to apply by the Priority Submission Date as primary scholarship consideration will be given to those who complete their application by the Priority Submission Date for their respective terms.

Priority Application Submission Dates:

Spring Term: November 1st

Summer & Fall Terms: February 1st

Student Body

  • Total Students

    pound685 Students
  • Female

    female88% Female
  • Male

    male12% Male


  • checkbox-alt98.2% Certification Exam Pass Rate: Bank Street graduates are well prepared. Our approach to creating effective educators has resulted in a 98.2% pass rate on various New York State Professional Certification exams.
  • checkbox-alt87% Stay in Education: Bank Street graduates enter and remain in the field of education at high rates, with 87% remaining in the field of education and 57% reporting that they are working as a P–12 classroom teacher (across a survey of one dozen years).
  • checkbox-altPrepared to Teach: 87% of Bank Street graduates feel their teacher preparation program was “effective” or “very effective” vs. 66% of comparison teachers.

Clubs & Associations

Council of Students

Council of Students (COS) is an open-membership graduate student organization at Bank Street College. All students enrolled in academic programs at Bank Street College are members of COS.

The primary mission of COS is to make life better for graduate students by being responsive to the needs of the College’s diverse student body. Historically, students in COS have organized to facilitate dialogue between Bank Street graduate students and the larger community in a number of ways; for instance, the development of the COS Workshop that is offered to students enrolled in Supervised Fieldwork/Advisement. The workshop focuses on issues of race and social justice in education and has led to the development of affinity spaces for students wanting more instruction and discussion in these areas.

COS has also sponsored programming for students to support one another’s learning. Examples include:

Each One Teach One, a yearly showcase of collective educational expertise within the graduate student body and beyond.

Orientation presentations to welcome new students.

Affinity groups and advocacy groups, such as the Bank Street Anti-Racist Allies.

A rotating showcase of graduate student art.

Regular happy hours and field trips to build community at Bank Street and beyond.

What Our Students Say

  • I have come to terms with the fact that I am truly a lifelong learner. I continue to be inspired by the information and interesting frameworks that exist in different fields that can be helpful to educators as we lead and re-envision our field.

    Takiema Bunche-Smith, MSEd in Early Childhood and Elementary Education ‘97

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Additional Information

  • checkbox-altWork-study Programs Available
  • checkbox-altFinancial Aid Available
  • checkbox-altOver 50% of our students receive financial aid.
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