Teacher education at Lesley is highly valued throughout the country due to the program's focus on professional preparation and strong community ties. Faculty, students and mentors learn and work in hundreds of schools every day, obtaining firsthand knowledge of the elements required for success in the classroom.
The foundation of the undergraduate Education program is a partnership: between teacher and student, between educators and administrators, and among families and communities.
Education majors collaborate with expert faculty, work with experienced mentors, and benefit from both small class sizes during their studies, and field-based opportunities that Lesley offers at more than one hundred public, private and charter schools in urban and suburban settings. Students are able engage in real world learning and connect theory and practice in ways that create a more meaningful personal and professional learning experience in the classroom.
School administrators and hiring managers across the country place a high value on Lesley-educated teachers; well over 90% of program participants who wish to teach find positions immediately upon graduation. This extraordinarily high placement rate is also made possible by the school’s policy that all students pass their required Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure exams before they begin their practicum senior year. Lesley offers MTEL preparation workshops free to enrolled undergraduate students.
Lesley’s education programs lead to initial licensure as a teacher in Massachusetts, and through an interstate contract agreement, students earning initial licensure are also authorized to teach in 49 other states. Note: All Education majors must carry a second major in an appropriate liberal arts content area.
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