Education

Middle School Education (5-8): Initial Teacher License

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

Turn your passion into positive learning experiences for students.

This license-only program is designed for career changers and others who want to teach but may not need to complete a full master’s degree. Gain the classroom experience needed to earn your license, and graduate prepared to provide middle school students with the tools to become successful lifelong learners.

At Lesley, examine ways to design curriculum and learning environments and implement classroom management strategies. Begin to understand adolescent development from physical, cultural, and psychological perspectives. Apply theory to your own authentic experiences, and develop an appreciation of how schools can best serve the needs of this unique age group.

    In this program, investigate methods for closing the achievement gap in middle school classrooms. Explore tools for supporting students with special needs and ways to assess student success. Develop a teaching style that promotes creativity and encourages all students to have a voice. And through student teaching, get out into real middle school classrooms, where you’ll have the chance to flex and refine your skills.

    Do all of this while furthering your passion and expertise in the content area of your choice. Select one of seven tracks, all leading to middle school education initial teacher licensure:

    • English (5–8)
    • General Science (5–8)
    • History (5–8)
    • Humanities (5–8)
    • Mathematics (5–8)
    • Mathematics/Science (5–8)
    • Political Science/Political Philosophy (5–8)

    Program Structure

    Full-Time or Part-Time Program

    21-28 Credits
    Outcomes
    Our middle school licensure-only program prepares you to:
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    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.

    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.
    Middle School Education (5-8): Initial Teacher License
    • Tuition
      $975/credit x 28
      $27,300
    • Fees
      Field Experience Fee
      $500
      Registration Fee
      $200
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      $150
      Activity Fee
      $120
      Materials 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 28
      $17,500
    • Fees
      Field Experience Fee
      $500
      Registration Fee
      $180
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      $150
      Materials 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.

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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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