MASTERâ€™S DEGREE PROGRAMS FOR INDEPENDENT AND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL EDUCATORS
At the Klingenstein Center, you can earn a master’s degree in school leadership through a full-year, full-time program, a two-summer intensive program, or an MA/MBA dual degree program with Columbia Business School or INSEAD. Through a rigorous program of interdisciplinary study, you’ll explore ethics, school leadership, cognitive science, equity and inclusion, education law, marketing, and finance. Through fieldwork, you’ll roll up your sleeves and test-drive your new knowledge and skills. Grounded in both theory and practice, you will develop a deep understanding of what it takes to be an independent or international school leader. You’ll also join a network of thousands of alumni who serve in schools across the country and around the world.
THE EXPERIENCE Expert Instructors
KLINGENSTEIN CENTER GRADUATE PROGRAMS The Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College was the first graduate program to focus on preparing independent school leaders. In designing
The Klingenstein Center attracts faculty
our programs, we build on over 40 years of experience while being responsive to
from across Teachers College, Columbia
the rapidly changing educational environment. At Klingenstein, you’ll gain a firm
University, and the independent school
foundation in key areas of school operations, research-based best practices for
community. Finance and marketing
teaching and learning, and effective, ethical leadership practices. With this grounded
courses are taught by expert practitioners
perspective, you and your fellow graduates continue to learn, grow, and refine your
from New York-area independent schools.
practice in all areas of the schools you serve.
Professors from Columbia and Cardoza Law Schools teach education law and negotiation courses. Dr. Nicole Furlonge, director of the Klingenstein Center, teachers courses in school leadership. Meet the faculty at klingensteincenter.org/faculty
COHORT LEARNING Your classmates will be dedicated independent and international school educators from around the world, each bringing a unique perspective and expertise to class discussion and project work. Your cohort might include an IB history teacher from a boys’ school in India, a kindergarten teacher from a Texas day school, a director of equity and inclusion from a New England boarding school, a school founder from South Korea, and a math teacher from Brooklyn. As you learn from incredible instructors, you’ll learn with and from your cohort. You’ll practice strategies for effective collaboration and community building. When you graduate, these meaningful relationships will be a part of your personal and professional networks for years to come.
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Which path is right for you? Each Klingenstein Master’s Degree Program shares key, essential components: core coursework, self-reflection, practical experience, and a close learning community. The full-year program provides an immersive academic experience with coaching from a New York City independent school leader. The two-summers program allows you to continue full-time employment while
LIVE AND STUDY IN NEW YORK CITY
earning your degree through intensive
The Klingenstein Center is a program of Teachers College, Columbia University,
located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. While enrolled at
The MA/MBA combines one of these
the Klingenstein Center, you have access to all the resources of Teachers College and
two master’s programs with one year of
Columbia University including the Dodge Fitness Center, incredible libraries, and a
full-time attendance at either Columbia
wide array of student organizations. Affordable and comfortable student housing for
Business School in New York or INSEAD
individuals or families is available just across the street from Teachers College. Walk
in France or Singapore. Your goals and
just four blocks to catch the subway and you’re on your way to all that New York City
circumstances help determine which
has to offer. Whether you want to enjoy a museum exhibit, relax in Central Park, try a
program is best for you.
new cuisine, or catch a Broadway show, there’s something for you in NYC!
? Learn more about the campus and the city at klingensteincenter.org/NYC
PROGRAM COMPARISON CORE CURRICULUM Take courses in change leadership in independent schools curriculum, science of learning and leading, equity and inclusion, ethical leadership, law, marketing, finance, and action research in schools. Blend practice and theory through classes, field projects, and leadership observations as you engage in a reflective educational journey toward authentic leadership.
Timeline: Attend full-time from September to May at Teachers College, Columbia University. Practicum: Complete an action research project in an NYC independent school. Leadership Coaching: Work with an NYC-area school educator-leader who serves as a mentor and coach during the year. Electives: Choose elective courses at Teachers College or other graduate schools at Columbia University.
Timeline: Attend classes for six weeks in each of two summers. Complete field projects during the academic years after each summer. Practicum: Following the first summer, complete a 15-week practicum project in your school of employment, supervised by a Klingenstein alum Head of School who serves as a coach and mentor. Research: Conduct a cross-school action research project on a topic of choice with fellow cohort members.
CAPSTONE PROJECT Develop a portfolio of your learning that showcases personal reflection, literature from coursework, and field observations of independent school leaders.
MBA AT COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL OR INSEAD In addition to the masterâ€™s degree earned at Teachers College, with one additional year of full-time study students can earn an MBA at either Columbia Business School or INSEAD.
Graduating from Klingenstein, I felt uniquely prepared to be an agent for change. The classes built upon my existing skills and knowledge while deepening my understanding of independent schools. My professors and my classmates challenged me to grow in meaningful ways and have become a remarkable network of supportive colleagues who will be with me throughout my career.
Andrew Prince, SI â€˜13, Full-Year M.A. â€˜17 Dean of Multicultural Education The Taft School, CT
Even after completing the program, the experience continues. My leadership, both in style and substance, is informed by what I learned at Klingenstein. I refer back to materials, I actively engage in research, and I feel confident asking essential questions. More important, however, are the people in my cohort. I am honored to have the strong connections that were created with a group of bright, thoughtful, caring, and talented individuals in the independent school world. And I know these connections will last a lifetime. Priscilla Morales Two-Summers M.A. â€˜17 Associate Head of School The Park School of Baltimore, MD
THEORY AND PRACTICE My current position is my first in school leadership. While I still have much to learn, I am grateful for two things in particular about my time at Klingenstein: first, that my professors placed such an emphasis on applying theory to practice. I find myself frequently returning to readings, papers and presentations to aid me in problem solving. Second, I have several friends from my cohorts whom I can easily call or text. One particular classmate is experiencing challenges similar to mine and speaking with him always gives me confidence that I am not alone in this work. Dan Dixon, MA/MBA ‘17 Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, Saint Ignatius High School, OH
ENRICHMENT AND EXPERTISE For me, the Klingenstein master’s program was much more than a degree, enriching courses, or good teaching. There was a focus on building a strong cohort of professional colleagues who continue to enrich each others’ lives long after the program ends by sharing new innovations, learning, and expertise. In that sense, our degrees are not stagnant or dated, but are part of an ongoing education that relies on a pool of the most talented and highlymotivated colleagues and school leaders I have ever met. Reem Abu Rahmeh, Two-Summers M.A. ‘15 Dean of the Middle School, King’s Academy, Jordan
PURPOSE AND FOUNDATION I apply aspects of my Klingenstein experience to my role at Princeton Day School every single day. Serving as a Head of Middle School requires extraordinary flexibility, but also a firm leadership core. The Klingenstein program pushed me to refine my leadership foundation so that I can lead with greater purpose, confidence, and inclusivity. Renée Charity Price, Two-Summers Ed.M. ‘15 Assistant Head for Academic Life & Head of Middle School, Princeton Day School, NJ
TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP EARN YOUR MASTERâ€™S DEGREE IN PRIVATE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP Graduates go on to rewarding careers as respected, innovative administrators and exemplary teachers in independent and international schools. Students and alumni are sought-after upon graduation and for years beyond for their knowledge, skills, passion, and leadership. When you complete a Klingenstein Center masterâ€™s degree program, you join a recognized and respected network of professional colleagues who are dedicated to making a positive impact on their students, colleagues, and schools.
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PROGRAM ADMISSIONS PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS
• Three or more years of work experience in a non-public school, which may include teaching, admissions, student life, development, or other administrative roles. Two-summers applicants must be employed in an independent or international school in the year between their two summers of study. Candidates with
Additional programs offered for independent school educators
questions about their eligibility should contact the Klingenstein Center.
• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. • Previous academic accomplishment, job performance as determined by letters of
THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR
recommendation, and leadership potential are considered in student selection.
Fully-funded two-week fellowship
EARLY CAREER TEACHERS for teachers with two to five years of
experience that focuses on improving
Applications are made through the Admisssion Office of Teacher College, Columbia
practice and making teachers more
University. The application includes an online form, a personal statement, short essays,
effective leaders in the classroom and
letters of recommendation, and official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
throughout the school.
• Applicants with degrees from outside the U.S. must submit a course-by-course evaluation and may be required to take an English proficiency exam.
• The GRE or GMAT is required only for students applying to the MA/MBA Dual Degree program.
TWO-WEEK FELLOWSHIP FOR HEADS OF SCHOOLS Fully-funded two-week fellowship aimed at renewal through intensive study and collaboration among heads of
SCHOLARSHIPS & AFFORDABILITY
independent schools from across the U.S.
Students enrolled in master’s degree programs are eligible for generous scholarships,
and around the world.
supported by Klingenstein family funds, numerous foundations, and alumni donors.
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