Education

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

Master of Education (M.Ed.), full-time or part-time graduate program

Empower students to build skills for lifetime success.

Expand content knowledge while developing clear strategies for engaging grade 8–12 students and preparing them for college and careers.

In our high school education program, learn classroom skills for working with diverse student populations. Explore best practices for instruction and assessment. Delve into current research and theory on adolescence and high schools. Gain hands-on experience with educational technologies.

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

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, especially for students with varied abilities and needs. Explore ways to promote literacy, support English language learners, and integrate technology into your classroom. 

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 eight 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 on-campus or off-campus program

33-37 credits
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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.

graduate student reading close up
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.

High school teacher sitting with 2 students
Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley.

Outcomes
Our high school education program prepares you to:
High school teacher in front of a 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.

Linda Mensing-Triplett
Linda brings a range of experience in education. She’s been a teacher of students with severe special needs, a child psychologist for the Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health, a school psychologist for several school districts, and a neuropsychologist for North Shore Children’s Hospital—just to name a few.
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 master's degree program.
High School Education (8–12): Initial Teacher License
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 37
    $36,075
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $200
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fee
    $120
    Materials Fee
    $110
    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 37
    $23,125
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $110
    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.

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or luadmissions@lesley.edu.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017–2018 academic year.
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