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Preparing Educators to Become Changemakers and Lifelong Learners

Lesley’s Graduate School of Education has earned a reputation as New England’s largest and most respected provider of teacher preparation programs. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a teacher or are already teaching, we offer programs that ensure you’ll be the best teacher you can be. 

We specialize in integrating the arts, literacy, technology, and strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners into all of our programs. With small class sizes, faculty support, and a collaborative environment, you’ll become a vital member of our learning community. And as a Lesley graduate, you’ll join an extensive network of alumni educators who are making a difference in students’ lives across the country and around the world. 

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PhD in Educational Studies Application Deadline

February 15, 2019 is the deadline to apply for one of our four PhD specializations:

If you've been thinking about taking the leap into a doctoral program, now's the time to get your application started. You'll find information on how to apply at the bottom of each of four program pages above.

Our doctoral programs highlight our commitment to scholarship, interdisciplinary study, and the value of relating theory to practice. By taking one of our programs, you'll be prepared to make positive change in your chosen career environment. You'll also:

  • Engage in critical inquiry.
  • Apply foundational knowledge.
  • Consume and produce research.
  • Initiate, facilitate, support, and sustain innovation.
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A Sampling of our PhD Alumni in Higher Education

Graduates of our PhD program specializations are working in a variety of institutions. Below are just a few who are working in higher education.

  • Lynne Stasiak ‘17: Associate Professor of Education, Endicott College, Massachusetts
  • Michael Farmer ‘16: Assistant Professor, Lander University, South Carolina
  • Suzanne Spreadbury ‘05: Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Chief Academic Officer, Harvard University Extension School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Mary Knab ‘12;  Interim Associate Provost for Interprofessional Education and Practice, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Anne Benoit ‘13, Senior Lecturer, Curry College, Milton, Massachusetts
  • John Bailie ’12, President, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Allison Muise ’16, Interim Dean for Academic Success, Endicott College, Beverly, Massachusetts
"What makes teaching important is your impact on individual students, and the ripple effect on affecting large numbers of students over many years. Everyone has had one teacher who stood out as a person they admired and who made a difference in their lives—and they remember that teacher for the rest of their lives."
Brenda Matthis, Associate Professor

Professional Development Centers

Center for Reading Recovery and
Literacy Collaborative

Headed by literacy expert and author Irene Fountas, the center is a national leader in literacy research, professional development, and school programs for grades PreK–8. We run workshops, institutes, and courses in Cambridge and in school districts, as well as the annual Literacy for All Conference

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Center for Inclusive and Special Education

The Center for Inclusive and Special Education is dedicated to supporting educators, families, and communities in meeting the needs of all learners. We are guided by a philosophy that presumes the competence of all people in their different ways of knowing, learning, and expressing. We are also the home to the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity, which advances the development of trauma-sensitive learning environments.

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Center for Mathematics Achievement

We assist teachers, coaches, specialists, teacher leaders, and administrators in honing and deepening mathematics content knowledge through workshops, professional development, and consultation at school and district sites. We believe that educators who have enriched their own mathematical content knowledge are better equipped to provide more effective mathematics opportunities for their students.

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STEAM Learning Lab

The STEAM Learning Lab provides a new way for our students and community partners to engage in inquiry-based exploration. It's a space where students can come together to imagine, build, and invent.

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