This is the review for Bank Street College of Education’s Museum Education department that offers three different programs. There is the Museum Education: Childhood with certification for those interested in teaching in a school classroom or without certification for those interested in teaching outside of a school classroom. Third, there is the Leadership in Museum Education program for those already working in museums. Here are some more fast facts about the program and college:
- To apply for the Leadership in Museum Education program, students must have at least three years of museum experience. The program is for two years, with classes meeting one weekend a month and one week in June each year.
- The Museum Education: Childhood programs, students student teach at a school in the fall and intern at a museum in the spring
- With the certification option, students are eligible for New York state Childhood General Education, grades 1 through 6
- At the end of any of these three programs, students earn an MS in Education
- The College was founded by Lucy Sprague Mitchell; another awesome woman to acknowledge during Women’s History Month
So far, there have been four responses for the Museum Education department from alumni who graduated less than a year ago to over 16 years ago. Two respondents graduated 6-10 years ago, one graduated 0-5 years ago, and one graduated 16+ years ago.
The advantages they found to the programs were:
- Combines graduate level Museum Education studies with an MBA-styled approach to Museum Administration
- National reach and scope in students and faculty teaching progressive education theory
- Faculty works with you on your personal goals.
- Hands-on training and fieldwork in major NYC museums
- Small class size and small cohort advisory groups
- Focuses solely on Museum Education
- Includes student teaching in a classroom in addition to a Museum internship
- The Bank Street program is well known and well respected with a strong alumni network which helps in job placement
- Leadership in Museum Education: Structured for working professionals, with assignments intended to support or complement existing work
The disadvantages they found to the programs were:
The overall score of the program as it was when the respondents attended is 9.5/10.0
Three of the four respondents do not live near the Bank Street College of Education.
Two of the respondents work at art museums, one works at an academic musuem or gallery, and one works at a historical society.
All four respondents work in education.
Some current job titles are:
- Director of Education
- Assistant Curator
- Associate Manager of School and Education Programs
Based on these responses and perusing the website, this department looks like it’s perfect for those that know education is their passion. The program definitely isn’t cheap at $1,519 per credit for the 2017-2018 year which ends up being $60, 760-$71,393 per year depending on the program chosen in the Museum Education department. This does not include the charges for New York State Certification. However, if cost is the only complaint, the department is doing alright.