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About this course

The Teacher Leader in Mathematics program prepares mathematics teachers and coaches to play key roles in professional development and leadership. You will focus intensively on mathematics pedagogy with a view toward becoming an effective teacher leader, master teacher, coach, curriculum developer, or new teacher mentor. Courses and fieldwork stress effective change strategies with an emphasis on mathematics education, and provide experience in research, curriculum, and professional development. 

The program seeks those who are looking for new insights and confidence in mathematics as well as those who already possess a strong mathematics background. This program is geared toward those with a strong interest in providing professional development for colleagues as a coach or teacher leader. (Applicants who want to take on supervisory leadership roles should consider Bank Street’s Leadership in Mathematics Education program.)"

Entry Requirements

The criteria described here apply to applicants for all graduate degree programs. Applicants should consult specific degree program descriptions on this site for additional requirements and prerequisites. Bank Street College seeks applicants who demonstrate the following:

  • A GPA of 3.0 (B average) or higher in an undergraduate degree from a nationally accredited college or university.
  • An aptitude for completing graduate-level coursework and academic projects of substantial scope and depth, as well as a capacity for making positive contributions in their professional lives.
  • 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 and to children.

Additional Admissions Criteria for Programs Leading to Certification

  • Programs leading to initial certification in New York State require that applicants meet breadth and depth distribution in the liberal arts and sciences, including depth of at least ten courses in one liberal arts and science major or area of concentration. Students missing a course prerequisite will need to complete any undergraduate or graduate level course in the subject(s) required, as outlined in the acceptance letter, within their first year at Bank Street.
  • Programs leading only to professional certification require that applicants have, or be working toward, New York State initial certification. Those who hold certification from a state having reciprocity with New York need to apply for New York State certification when applying to this program.

Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent academic record and references reflecting strong teacher leader potential, with at least one year of full time teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in mathematics education, but no specific math coursework or background required.
  • Initial New York State teacher certification in Childhood General Education and/or Students with Disabilities (1-6). If you hold a certificate from another state, you can apply for New York certification through interstate reciprocity.