Education

Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Empower young children to be curious.

Inspire a love of learning in young children. By working with children in the earliest stages of learning and development, you’ll help prepare them for a lifetime of success.

While studying in Cambridge—an epicenter of education—you’ll be guided by faculty who are at the forefront of innovation. With them you’ll learn how to integrate the arts and play into your teaching in ways that promote play and understanding.

You'll blaze a trail as a leader and teacher in the world of education as your grow into your career as an educator, principal, special educator, community center director, or publisher. And as a Lesley graduate, you'll join the largest network of educators in New England, with more than 4,500 Lesley education graduates in the last five years alone. Become one of our amazing education alumni, who include Teachers of the Year and MacArthur “Genius” Fellows.

As an early childhood major, you'll explore a wide range of topics, including the Reggio Emilia approach to education. It’s a globally recognized, child-centered approach that emphasizes experiential learning, including the use of documentation and encounters with the natural world. You’ll discover how to create authentic learning experiences for children in areas from literacy to science, and you’ll even have the opportunity to travel to the place where it all started—Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Work with children starting your freshman year and make connections that will launch you into your career. With four years of classroom time, you’ll have more opportunities than most to be mentored by current teachers, discover your strengths, and master skills that principals and superintendents value. With hands-on guidance and support from our expert faculty and mentoring practitioners in the schools, you’ll be immersed in diverse public and private schools in Cambridge, Boston, and surrounding towns including private schools such as the Lesley Ellis School in Arlington, and the public schools in Belmont, Watertown, and Medford.

You'll learn skills including classroom management, engaging families, and viewing diverse challenges and needs through an anti-bias lens. You can also choose from 11 different optional specializations, such as multicultural education or teaching English learners.

Gain an initial teaching license

The early childhood education major leads to initial licensure as a teacher of early childhood, grades PreK–2. When you complete the major, you’ll qualify for a variety of positions involving work with young children in nursery schools, kindergartens, and grades 1–2. Learn more about licensure.

“Working in a classroom as a freshman and sophomore allowed me to make a decision if this career was the right path for me.”
Veronica Halen ’14, Education
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Choose a second major in the liberal arts.

In addition to your education major, you’ll go in-depth in a content area in one these 12 majors:

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Choose an optional specialization.

Make your education program an even better fit by choosing one of our optional specializations. With specific knowledge in one of these areas, there’s no stopping you.

Craft Creative Combinations
As an Early Childhood Education major, you'll need to choose a second major from the approved list of liberal arts majors. You can also pursue an optional specialization, or one of our 45+ minors, to become a more empathetic and informed teacher.

Forge your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Early Childhood Education program:
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Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small liberal arts college of 1,400 students and hands-on attention from specialized faculty. You'll also benefit from Lesley's reputation for providing the best teacher preparation in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire our graduates.

$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
#1
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Internships & Careers
Get Classroom Experience
Through field placements that begin your first year, we help you connect with the places that fit. These connections will launch you into your teaching career. All internships are guided by expert faculty and mentoring practitioners in the schools. Theory will come alive as you develop your professional self in the classroom. You'll be immersed in diverse public and private schools in Cambridge, Boston, and surrounding towns:
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

As an education major at Lesley, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. You'll explore passions to then weave into your teaching. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of internships, professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match.

Faculty

Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program.
Early Childhood Education
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Trip/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total cost before financial aid
Estimated Cost

Merit Scholarships & Financial Aid

It’s our goal at Lesley to break down financial barriers so that students who want to learn here, can learn here. That’s why we offer generous, customized aid packages for students based on their individual needs. In fact, in the fall of 2019, 98% of incoming Lesley students received some level of financial aid. Learn more about Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Tuition & Fees

Other fees may apply. Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Approximate cost, before financial aid, for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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