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.

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. 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. These skills include 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.

Our 55,000 education alumni carry on our 100-year legacy of innovation and excellence in the field. Backed by their reputation, as well as coaching from our expert career advisors and extensive connections to school systems in New England and beyond, you’ll have the support network you need to become the teacher you want to be.

“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
teacher reading to students

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:

colorful children's art projects

Customize your program of study.

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.

Early care and education

Early intervention

Explorations in the Reggio Emilia approach

Mathematics education

Multicultural education

Reading: emergent literacy

Reading: teaching reading

Science education

Special education

Teaching English language learners

Individually designed specialization

Outcomes
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Early Childhood Education program:

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.

Internships
Study in the top-ranked state for teachers.
Massachusetts is home to the nation's highest performing schools. As a Lesley student, you'll have unprecedented access to some of the most coveted student-teaching experiences in the U.S. You’ll have opportunities to work with children inside the classroom as early as your first year. Gain teaching experience in these communities:

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Early Childhood Education
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,570
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,180
  • Fees
    Health Service Fee
    $800
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all undergraduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,150
    Spring Tuition
    $13,150
  • Fees
    Activity Fee
    $250
    Materials Fee
    $150
    Registration Fee
    $80
    Lab Fee
    $40
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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 for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017–2018 academic year.
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