The deadline for applying depends on when you plan to start.
Complete your program's requirements by these dates. Call us if you apply after the deadline.
Start Term: Fall
Suggested Deadline: June 1
Start Term: Spring
Suggested Deadline: November 1
Start Term: Summer
Suggested Deadline: March 15
International applicants need to submit all required admissions documents by the application deadline for the start term.
Check your program page for prerequisites.
Our graduate programs require that you have an undergraduate degree. Some programs have other prerequisite requirements, such as coursework, certification or license, or master’s degree in a specific field.
Apply online for your on-campus graduate education program.
Create an account and password before you start your application. You can stop and save your application, and return to complete it later.
You'll need to submit the following supporting materials.
You can send the documents separately, but we won't be able to make an admissions decision until we've received everything.
Have each institution where you earned an undergraduate or graduate degree send us your official transcript.
If your transcript is not in English, provide a notarized translation of it.
If you’re enrolled in a degree program when you apply, submit your transcript of the courses you’ve taken to date. Submit your final official transcript once you’ve completed the degree program.
Your transcripts need to be:
- Conferred by regionally accredited colleges or universities
- Original documents bearing the official institutional stamp
- Received by Graduate Admissions Services in envelopes sealed by the sending institution, or sent electronically directly from the institution
Send transcripts to:
Graduate Admissions Services
29 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
2 Letters of Recommendation
Include 2 recent recommendations from those you’ve worked with closely in an academic or professional setting.
At least one of your recommendations should come from a present or former supervisor.
If you’re in school, or are a recent graduate, one recommendation should come from a professor.
We don’t accept recommendations written by friends or family, or that were written more 2 years before your application date.
Within your online application form, include the names and emails of the people writing your letters of recommendation. They'll receive an email from you with an electronic recommendation form, and they can upload a letter if they choose.
Standardized Test Scores
Your graduate education program may require that you submit Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) test scores.
Middle and High School Education Programs
Show you’ve passed the MTEL in your content area (e.g. history, math, etc.), if you have not completed an undergraduate major in that subject.
Teacher Residency Programs
Submit proof of having passed the MTEL for Communication and Literacy.
If the program you’re applying to requires an initial teaching license as a prerequisite, you’ll need to submit a copy of the licenses or certifications you hold.
Written Personal Statement
Your written personal statement gives us insight into your purpose for pursuing a graduate program, your interest in and knowledge of the chosen area of focus, and your writing skills.
The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each application. We encourage you to prepare and review this statement thoughtfully before you submit it.
Write a 750–1000 word personal statement.
Lesley University's Graduate School of Education is guided by core values of democracy, equity, community, inquiry, professionalism, and leadership. The university is committed to practices fostering inclusion and social justice. Consider our core values while addressing the following in your statement:
Your interests in the field of education and the specific graduate program to which you are applying. Highlight your beliefs on the responsibility of an educator to foster inclusion and social justice.
How your personal and professional experiences have influenced and prepared you to seek admission to the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University.
Any unusual or extenuating circumstances in your academic history (if applicable) and your plan for achieving success in your graduate program.
Include your full name at the top of your written personal statement document.
Your written personal statement:
- 750–1000 words in length
- 1-inch margins
- 12-point font
Submit your written personal statement electronically in 1 of 2 ways:
- Upload the file as part of your Application for Admission.
- Send your personal statement separately by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.