Teacher Preparation Programs

Initial Teacher License Programs for Massachusetts

Our Initial licensure teacher preparation programs launch you on a successful teaching career.

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Career Profile of Education Graduates - 2015

Graduate 2014Of the respondents to a career profile survey following their graduation,* 97 percent of those available for employment were employed in a new or continuing position; 94 percent of those employed were working full time. Of those in new positions, 99 percent reported that their work is very or somewhat related to their career goals. On the perceived value of a Lesley degree, 90 percent of the 258 respondents rated the degree as valuable or very valuable (reported 7+ on a scale of 10).

Graduates were working in public and privates schools in 25 states and the District of Columbia. Positions included a variety of teacher positions in grades K-12, reading interventionist, behavior therapist, education coordinator, instructional technology specialist, math enrichment coordinator, Junior ROTC instructor, and reading and language arts curriculum leader.

*Lesley's Career Resource Center surveyed 822 graduates who completed their M.Ed., CAGS, or PhD programs from August 2014-May 2015, with an overall response rate of 56 percent.

Professional Standards for Teachers

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has developed professional standards for teachers (PSTs) that align with the Massachusetts Educator Evaluation Framework, and that we have used in designing programs that will prepare our candidates with the knowledge and skills necessary to be effective as educators. Learn more about the professional standards and indicators.

How to Become a Licensed Massachusetts Teacher

How to Become a Licensed Massachusetts Educator

Need an overview of what types of educator licenses are required in Massachusetts and what you must have or do to get them? See How to Become (and Remain) a Licensed Educator in Massachusetts for information on the various types of license and what programs Lesley offers to get you to your desired license category.


Lesley University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Our education programs have full approval by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA DESE) and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (now CAEP). For more information, please visit our Accreditations and State Approvals page.