Located only a few blocks from Columbia University on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the Bank Street College of Education (BSCE) provides master's degree programs in education characterized by active coursework and supervised fieldwork. The school emphasizes direct connection with professional teachers, students and their families in real-world classrooms. The BSCE also maintains intentionally small class sizes to ensure active participation and dialogue between professors and students.
BSCE traces its roots to educator Lucy Sprague Mitchell, who founded the Bureau of Educational Experiments (BEE) in 1916 with her husband Wesley and colleague Harriet Johnson - their mission was to build a new and adaptive educational system. The BEE evolved over the years to become the BSCE in 1950.
Students living in university housing or off campus housing around campus will attend courses that focus on all aspects of human development - historical, philosophical and social elements that influence the behavior and aptitude of individual students. Students also work with an advisor who monitors their extensive fieldwork in educational settings of the student's choosing. This system facilitates a consistent interplay between theory and practice, a staple of BSCE's curriculum. Student living and university living around the BSCE allows students access to New York's various public and private schools for training. The BSCE offers degrees and specializations in general teacher education, bilingual programs, museum education, reading and literacy, special education and leadership programs.
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