Education

Elementary Education (1-6): Initial Teacher License

Master of Education (M.Ed.), on-campus, off-campus, or teacher residency program

Broaden children’s learning horizons.

Get the skills, experience, and support to teach in today’s classrooms. You’ll take a combination of online and face-to-face courses in elementary subject areas, from arts to social studies. Learn how to develop curriculum, manage a classroom, advance literacy, and support students with diverse needs. Study with faculty committed to culturally responsive teaching that empowers all types of learners.

Online coursework allows you flexibility to study when and where you want, with interactive elements and discussion forums that keep you connected to the peers you'll get to know in your on-campus courses.

At Lesley, our programs provide you with strong content knowledge and strategies for teaching with confidence and creativity, preparing you for classroom success. 

You’ll learn what it takes to be a great teacher and a teacher-leader. This unique program features two student teaching experiences, so you’ll build deep relationships with schools as you practice teaching during your courses. At the end of your program, you’ll be more than ready for the 21st century elementary classroom.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus, off-campus, or accelerated full-time residency option

40-44 credits
Education students using blocks in the classroom
On-Campus Option

Take face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and online classes on your schedule. You’ll receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. And you’ll gain convenience and cost savings through the combination of on-campus and online options for learning.

Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree at an off-campus site, where you'll study with a small group of fellow students one weekend a month or online. Take one course at a time over an eight-week semester. Online coursework offers you flexibility to study where and when you want, and face-to-face classes offer immediate feedback and dialogue with peers and faculty.

Currently available program sites:

Randolph, MA - starts Spring 2018

Teacher teaching in front of the classroom
Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley. Sites vary as to online coursework offered in the program.

Outcomes
Our elementary master’s degree program prepares you to:
teacher teaching small children at a board

Student Teaching

Student teaching, a requirement of all Initial licensure programs, is an opportunity to apply new skills to an active classroom environment and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. All placements are in an appropriate Massachusetts school, and are set up through our field placement office.

Elementary Education
Dr. Susan Rauchwerk
Susan has a strong background in science, education, administration, and teacher professional development through her work with the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Earthwatch Institute, and Critical Explorers. Her teaching-research method involves hands-on explorations that invite learners to become critical thinkers. She is one of the creators of Lesley’s Wonder Lab, which offers after-school STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) activities.
Careers
Where you'll work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Elementary Education (1-6): Initial Teacher License
  • Tuition
    $750/credit x 44
    $33,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $280
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fee
    $120
    Materials Fee
    $100
    Technology Fee
    $90
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $625/credit x 44
    $27,500
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $280
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or luadmissions@lesley.edu.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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