Empower students to build skills for lifetime success.
High school is an exciting and sometimes daunting time for students, as they start to think ahead to college and careers. As a grades 8-12 teacher, you can make a positive impact on their path to adulthood using strategies and skills that will encourage success.
In this program, you'll focus on one of eight content areas.* You’ll investigate aspects of adolescent development in the areas of language, memory, sensory perception, emotion, and attention. Develop instructional units and effective teaching strategies. Discover how project-based collaborative learning can engage students in meaningful explorations.
You'll explore best practices for instruction and assessment, and learn how to work with diverse student populations, including English language learners. Learn the importance of equity and social justice, which are woven throughout your study. Throughout, you'll bring creativity and self-reflection to all you do, working with your faculty to co-construct new knowledge and practices.
At the end of your program, you can practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom through an immersive student teaching experience (teacher residencies fulfill this requirement at the residency site).
Then, with the skills needed for a rewarding career, you'll graduate from the university that educates more teachers than anyone else in New England. In fact, more than 4,500 people have earned a teaching degree here in just the last five years. You'll emerge knowing that you have the degree you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one.
*This program prepares you for licensure in one of eight content areas:
- Biology (8–12)
- Chemistry (8–12)
- Earth and Space Science (8–12)
- English (5–12)
- History (5–12)
- Mathematics (8–12)
- Physics (8–12)
- Social Sciences (5–12)
As of July 1, 2019, English, History, and Social Sciences licenses span grades 5-12.