Education

High School Education (8–12): Initial Teacher License

License-only, on-campus or off-campus graduate program

Help high school students prepare for careers, college, and life.

In our high school education license-only program, you'll learn best practices for instruction and assessment for diverse student populations. Explore current research and theory on adolescence and high schools. Gain hands-on experience with educational technologies.

Starting with a foundation in adolescent development, begin to understand how contemporary high schools can better serve emerging adults. Develop a toolbox that helps you to champion change for a range of students with varied abilities and needs. Explore ways to promote literacy, support English language learners, and integrate technology into your classroom. 

At Lesley, you’ll prepare to effect positive change, both in today's high schools and in the minds of your students.

Throughout your studies, learn to bring creativity to the forefront of all you do. Discover how to encourage project-based learning that empowers students to ask big questions and work together in a spirit of collaboration. And at the end of your program, practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom.

This program prepares you for licensure in one of 8 content areas:

  • Biology (8–12)
  • Chemistry (8–12)
  • Earth Science (8–12)
  • English (8–12)
  • History (8–12)
  • Mathematics (8–12)
  • Physics (8–12)
  • Political Science/Political Philosophy (8–12)

Program Structure

Full-Time or Part-Time Program

21-25 Credits
Outcomes
Our high school license-only program prepares you to:
High school teacher in front of the classroom

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.

Small group of students in a classroom setting
On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately two years.

Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree while studying one weekend a month at our off-campus site in Wakefield, MA, starting October 30, 2017. Study with Lesley faculty and a small group of fellow students, and take one course at a time over an eight-week semester.

David Nurenberg
David helps prepare the next generation of secondary school teachers to find more effective alternatives to traditional lecture-based, skill-and-drill pedagogy. His research focuses on looking at ways in which student-centered, interdisciplinary, project based learning can aid both student learning and student socio-emotional well-being.
Careers
Where our graduates 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 license only program.
High School Education (8–12): Initial Teacher License
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 25
    $24,375
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $160
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fee
    $120
    Materials Fee
    $80
    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 25
    $15,625
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $180
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $80
    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.

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Total approximate cost for this license only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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