Academic Programs

Master's students in class

“From taking classes on school finance and law, to learning theories behind negotiations, to writing an educational philosophy, to moving toward an understanding of my own leadership style, this program has specifically and affirmatively shaped my leadership skills and strategies.” Lucy Goldstein, Two-Summers MA '13, St. Georges School, RI

The Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership focuses on developing private school leaders at all stages of their careers. The Center offers full-year and two-summers intensive Master's degree programs, an MA/MBA dual degree with either Columbia Business School or INSEAD, and two week fellowships for Heads of Schools and early career teachers. Primarily funded through the Klingenstein Family Fund, the Center operates under the auspices of the Education Leadership Program of the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College.

Teachers College is one of 13 graduate and professional schools of Columbia University. As one of the most respected graduate schools of education in the country, Teachers College is committed to preparing the next generation of School leaders. For more information on Teachers College go to To learn more about Columbia University, go to