Invest your summers in an intensive and impactful educational experience that prepares you for a lifetime of leadership.

The Klingenstein Center's Two-Summers Master's Degree Program is a five-semester graduate program that allows you to maintain your current employment in your independent or international school while earning your degree. You'll attend five weeks of classes in each of your two summers at Teachers College, Columbia University and engage in project-base coursework in the academic year between the summers and in the fall semester after the second summer.

As part of a diverse cohort of aspiring leaders you'll engage in classes, case-studies, affinity group work, and peer-coaching and mentoring in a supportive community.

Each summer, you'll explore meaningful coursework with renowned faculty, as you examine the practice of leadership through an interdisciplinary approach that centers social-emotional learning, the science of learning, and diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and belonging. The carefully-curated core curriculum examines key aspects of independent and international school leadership such as change leadership, systems thinking, organizational psychology, research methods and data-informed decision-making, ethics in education, non-profit finance, school marketing and communications, education law, educational technology, and mind brain education.

During the year between the two summers, you'll conduct applied research to address a problem of practice in your current school as your practicum project. Supported by a small group of your classmates, a Klingenstein alum mentor, and a Teachers College faculty member, you'll employ the theories you've learned, learn about a new aspect of your school, and give back to your school community while completing this coursework.

You'll engage in a transformational journey as you synthesize what you've learned in your courses, through interview school leaders, in conversations with your cohort and with alumni, and through ongoing guided reflection about your own leadership and philosophies. You'll capture this in your Capstone, a learning e-portfolio that is both a tangible artifact of your learning and a guide for your future practice.

As you graduate, you'll have built new capacities for leadership and gained new connection to a worldwide network of Klingenstein Center alumni who are dedicated to making a positive impact on the world through education.



Applications for the Summer 2021-2023 Cohort have closed. To be notified when application open for the 2023-2025 cohort, please fill out the Contact Us form.

Meet Latoya Allen

Associate Director of Admissions & Enrollment Management

Latoya Allen

Connect with Latoya to learn more about Klingenstein programs and application processes via the Contact Us Form or at 212-678-6666.

Application Deadlines

Once the application opens, the deadlines for the 2023-2025 program will be:
Priority Deadline: November 1, 2022
Final Deadline: January 15, 2023

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“The Klingenstein experience is unparalleled. Meaningful dialogue, thought-provoking simulations, and practical fieldwork are the catalysts for lasting friendships and ongoing peer mentorship."
Katherine Huamaní
LA '19, Early Childhood Principal, Cayman International School, The Bahamas
"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
LA ‘17, Associate Head of School, The Park School of Baltimore, MD
More than anything, the Klingenstein program cast a bright light onto the unexplored nooks and crannies, so to speak, of how independent schools operate. It helped me to fill those gaps, big and small, alongside thoughtful and dedicated lifelong learners. My program experience made me a better inquirer and learner, buoyed my confidence in my work supporting colleagues and students, and connected me indelibly with some of the most talented educators in the world. I returned to my school after both summers with a far clearer personal vision and a clearer voice with which to help enrich my school's larger vision.
Jose Leonor
LA '15, Director of Middle School, The Bush School, CA
When I specifically chose the Klingenstein Two Summer program to "check the box" of earning my master's degree, I was not prepared for the ways that the program would have me reflect deeply on independent schools and my leadership in those institutions. It is safe to say that because of the program, its exceptional faculty and staff, and the members of my cohort, I am as prepared as I can be for the challenges ahead. I thought I needed the degree. What I really needed was the Klingenstein experience - transformational learning with an incredible cohort of educators.
Jeremy Stubbs
LA '21, Division Director, Upper School for Boys, Annie Wright Schools, WA
The Two-Summer Masters program was a transformative experience for me. Exhilarating, exhausting and always illuminating, the program pushed me to become clearer in purpose and vision as an educator. Through well-designed and well-delivered classes in leadership, philosophy, law, negotiation, and more, I learned so much about myself, my profession, and what it means to be a 21st century learner and leader. Additional gifts include life-long relationships with members of my cohort as well as my professors and a network of inspiring and supportive graduates across the globe.
Jessica Flaxman
LA '15, Dean of Faculty and Employees, Rye Country Day School. NY
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 Rehmeh
LA '15, Dean of Students, King's Academy, Jordan