Two-Summers Master's Degree

Program Overview

Cindy at Teachers College GraduationInvest your summers in an intensive and impactful educational experience that prepares you for a lifetime of leadership.

Spend six weeks during each of the two summers at Columbia University's Teachers College with a cohort of 50 fellow educators from around world taking classes from leading professors. Maintain your current employment during the school year while completing research, field projects, and a capstone as part of your coursework. At the end of the second year, you'll join the Klingenstein Alumni network – a group of nearly 4000 amazing educators at independent and international schools around the world.

Core Curriculum

Core courses include
  • private school leadership
  • curriculum and cognitive development
  • equity, inclusion, and strategic school leadership
  • ethics and education
  • academic research methods
  • education law
  • school finance
  • negotiation
  • strategic school marketing

Fieldwork and Research

Students propose and complete a group research project and individual practicum project in their school of employment in the year between their two summers at the Klingenstein Center. Projects must be approved by their head of school and have an on-site sponsor at their school. Students also benefit from having a practicum mentor who is a sitting head of school selected by the Klingenstein Center. 


Throughout the program, students engage in deliberate reflection for personal and professional growth. As they conclude their study, they complete a comprehensive, field-based analysis of school leadership. they combine theory and practice in an integrated project that synthesizes their learning and experience.

Degree Types

The program awards a Masters of Arts in Private School Leadership. Students with previous master's study may be able to apply credits to earn a Masters of Education degree. Students may also apply to join the MA/MBA dual degree program with an additional year of full-time study at Columbia Business School or INSEAD in France or Singapore. 
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