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“Effective educators have a consistent habit of trying to improve. When I see Klingenstein Center on a resume, I know the candidate values inquiry, collaboration and continuous growth. The job of an educator is far too complicated today. We need to work together to consistently improve our craft, and I know that educators who attended the Klingenstein Center not only embrace this principle but thrive in this environment.” - T.J. Locke, HDS ‘12, Head of School The Episcopal Academy, PA



Are you looking for a graduate program specifically for independent or international school leadership - one where you’d get the perfect blend of teaching, learning, leadership and business? At the Klingenstein Center, you can earn an M.A. or Ed.M. through Columbia University’s prestigious Teachers College or an MA/MBA in partnership with Columbia Business School or INSEAD. Through rigorous study of curriculum, cognitive development, ethics, school leadership, education law, marketing and finance, you will develop a deep understanding of what it takes to be an independent or international school leader. Through fieldwork, you’ll roll up your sleeves and test-drive your new knowledge and skills. You’ll also join a network of thousands of alumni who serve in schools across the country and around the world.


Which path is right for you? Each Klingenstein Master’s Program shares key, essential components: core coursework, self-reflection, practical experience and a close learning community. Your goals and circumstances help determine which program is best for you. The full-year program allows immersive study and a practicum in a New York City independent school. The two-summers program allows you to continue full-time employment while earning your degree through intensive study. The MA/MBA combines one of these two master’s programs with one year of full-time attendance at either Columbia Business School in New York or INSEAD in France or Singapore.

The Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College was the first graduate program to focus on preparing independent school leaders. Building on almost 40 years of experience we understand the rapidly-changing educational environment. Students gain a firm foundation in key areas of school operations, research-based best practices for teaching and learning, and effective, ethical leadership practices. With this grounded perspective, graduates continue to learn, grow and refine their practice in all areas of the schools they serve.




• Full-time, September to May

• 6 weeks in each of two summers; 6 hours of class daily

• 1 additional year at Columbia Business School or INSEAD

• Practicum in your school of employment during school year

• Core MBA curriculum

• Practicum in NYC Independent School • Career Guidance • Cohort of 25

• Cohort of 50

• Innovative and extensive elective course options



Teachers College and Columbia University are located in the

While enrolled at the Klingenstein Center, you have access to all

Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Affordable

the resources of Teachers College and Columbia University:

and comfortable student housing is available just across the

• Discounted tickets to Broadway shows and athletic events

street from Teachers College. In four blocks, you’re on the subway

• Free admission to over 30 museums such as The Metropolitan

and on your way to all that New York City has to offer. Whether

Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, the Studio Museum of

you want to spend an afternoon at MoMA, rent a rowboat in

Harlem and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Central Park, have dinner in Chinatown, or catch a Broadway

• Use of the Columbia University facilities including all 22 libraries

show, there’s something for you in NYC!

• Free access to the Dodge Fitness Center

CORE CURRICULUM The core program includes courses in private school leadership, curriculum, cognitive development, school choice, philosophy and ethics, research, law, marketing and finance. Each version of the degree also includes a research project, a practicum and a capstone project. Students earn an M.A. in private school leadership and students who already have a master’s degree may be eligible to earn an Ed.M.



Practicum: New York City schools propose projects that students complete as their 15-week practicum. Electives: To tailor their course of study, students may choose 1-2 electives from courses at Teachers College or other graduate schools at Columbia University.

Practicum: Following the first summer, students engage in a 15-week practicum project at their school of employment. Research: In teams of 3-5, students complete a cross-school research project on a topic of their group’s choosing. Projects are often presented at regional and national conferences.

CAPSTONE In pairs, students shadow a sitting head of school, interview the head and key members of his or her team and reflect on their observations in light of the literature they have read over the course of the program.

MBA AT COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL OR INSEAD In addition to the master’s degree earned at Teachers College, with one additional year of full-time study students can go on to earn an MBA at either Columbia Business School or INSEAD.



As a new head of school, I have consistently relied not only on the lessons I learned from both peers and teachers during my time in the program, but on the advice and counsel I continue to receive from my cohort colleagues. Those contacts have been invaluable for my own professional growth. Aaron Cooper, SI ’02, Two-Summers M.A. ‘13, Head of School, Elisabeth Morrow School, NJ



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 Head of Middle School Princeton Day School, NJ

WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE My year at Klingenstein provided core knowledge in almost every key area that I have had to know as a school leader. The work in school law, school finance and negotiations pushed me to develop parts of my educational skill set that I had not needed as a classroom teacher, but have been critical to me as a school leader. I still find myself digging up old readings and calling members of my cohort when I’m faced with tough issues. The wisdom and experience of that group has been one of my greatest resources, and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to spend a year learning alongside them. Prentice Stabler, Full-Year M.A. ’13, Upper School Dean, Franklin Road Academy, TN

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 highly-motivated colleagues and school leaders I have ever met. Reem Abu Rahmeh, Two-Summers M.A. ‘15 Music Faculty and Associate Dean of Students, King’s Academy, Jordan

TAKE YOUR NEXT STEP EARN YOUR MASTERS 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 receive career guidance from Klingenstein Center faculty and staff and are sought-after upon graduation and for the years beyond for their knowledge, skills, passion and leadership capabilities. When you complete a Klingenstein Center master’s degree program, you join a recognized and respected network of professional colleagues who are dedicated to making a positive impact on their schools, colleagues and students. 212.678.3156


• Minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants with degrees from outside the U.S. or Canada should contact the Klingenstein Center for guidance on submitting a course-by-course evaluation for U.S. equivalency.

• Three or more years of teaching experience

• GRE, MAT or GMAT scores

• Previous academic accomplishment, job performance as determined by

letters of recommendation, assessment of leadership potential and

character are considered in student selection.

• Two-summers program applicants must have a recommendation from their current Head of School.

FINANCIAL AID & SCHOLARSHIPS Students enrolled in master’s degree programs are eligible for generous scholarships, supported by Klingenstein family funds, numerous foundations and alumni donors.

ABOUT THE KLINGENSTEIN CENTER The Klingenstein Center was founded in 1977 with a mission to develop and strengthen leadership among teachers and administrators in independent and international schools. Attracting highly motivated educators from around the world, the Center draws on the rich resources of Columbia University, Teachers College and New York City.

Additional programs offered for independent school educators THE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR EARLY CAREER TEACHERS Fully-funded two-week fellowship for teachers with two to five years of experience that focuses on improving practice and making teachers more effective leaders in the classroom and throughout the school. TWO-WEEK FELLOWSHIP FOR HEADS OF SCHOOLS Fully-funded two-week fellowship aimed at renewal through intensive study and collaboration among heads of independent schools from across the U.S. and around the world.

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Master's Degree Program Brochure  

Learn about the Full-Year and Two-Summers Master's Degree Programs as well as the MA/MBA Dual Degree from the Klingenstein Center and either...

Master's Degree Program Brochure  

Learn about the Full-Year and Two-Summers Master's Degree Programs as well as the MA/MBA Dual Degree from the Klingenstein Center and either...