Threshold students develop a variety of workplace and independent living skills through coursework and field placements.
Threshold's curriculum is designed to give you the skills and confidence you need to live independently, get and keep a paid job, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and have an enjoyable social life. We focus on these areas through coursework, internships, and advising sessions throughout the 2-year core program and 2 post-graduate programs.
Our caring faculty and advisors
have extensive experience educating students with diverse
learning challenges and hold advanced degrees in their fields. Class sizes are small—about 4–12 students per class—so you'll receive lots of individual attention. Additionally, Threshold's 2 accessible residence halls—located in the middle of
campus—have live-in staff members who support our students and reinforce skills through conversations, social events, and programming.
Curriculum in this area aims to help you get and maintain paid employment so you can support yourself financially one day.
We have 2 academic majors in Threshold. Early Childhood majors prepare to work as a teacher's aid in a daycare or nursery school. Business Services majors learn skills that are useful in a range of work places, including retail, food service, and hospitality.
Starting in your first year, you'll be placed in internships to get hands-on job training and to practice what you're learning in class. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts—just a few miles from Boston—our students can access public transportation and easily get to their internship sites.
We are a 15-minute walk from Harvard Square, Cambridge (above). Being in the city, there's a diverse range of internship sites availablethat our students can get to easily by bus or subway.
"If someone had told me that my son would be doing all the things he's doing today, I couldn't have imagined it. It blows us away how far he's come."
—Threshold parent, Class of 2010
"Threshold was an amazing experience for me. I met a lot of new friends, many of which I still have 25 years later."
—Traci F., Class of '92
"I always wanted to work with children. Coming to Threshold gave me a great education and taught me how to be a toddler teacher. I love my job. My internships really helped me."
—Sarah K., Class of '08
Curriculum in this area focuses on how to live a healthy, independent life. Topics include self care, safety, using support services, getting medical care, nutrition and cooking, budgeting, adult sexuality, maintaining an apartment, and living with roommates.
Threshold's 2 accessible residence halls are equipped with full kitchensso students can learn how to cook healthy meals.
Curriculum in this area is designed to help you grow personally and socially. We focus on time management, how to advocate for yourself, setting and working toward your goals, communicating effectively with others, and resolving conflicts respectfully.
You'll begin the 2-year core program in the Fall semester (September), and graduate in May of your second year. After graduation, you can enroll in a post-graduate program—Transition Year or Bridge Year—beginning in the Fall. In Transition Year, students live in an off-campus apartment while seeking paid employment. In Bridge Year, students live on campus and have an additional year of courses and internship before moving on to Transition Year.
Learn more about the curriculum for each year of the program:
2-Year Core Program: First-Year Curriculum | Second-Year Curriculum
Post-Graduate Programs: Transition Year | Bridge Year
Majors and Curriculum
Faculty and Staff
800.999.1959, extension 8182
Office of Admissions/Threshold ProgramLesley University29 Everett StreetCambridge, Massachusetts 02138-2790
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