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Preparing Educators to Become Changemakers and Lifelong Learners

Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Graduate School of Education has earned a reputation as New England’s most respected provider of teacher preparation programs. Whether you’re thinking about becoming a teacher or are already teaching, we'll help you become the best teacher you can be. 

We integrate arts, literacy, technology, and strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners into all of our Master's, license only, certificate, and PhD programs. By studying here, you'll learn both what to teach and how to teach. You'll prepare to anticipate the evolving needs of PreK-12 students through practical approaches, field-based experiences, and ongoing feedback and support. Read our mission statement.

Become a vital member of our collaborative learning community, where our 5-year alumni employment rate is 97 percent. 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 Extended: We will be accepting applications through March 15 on a space available basis.

You'll find information on how to apply at the bottom of each program page:

Educational Leadership Specialization
Human Development and Learning Specialization
Individually Designed Specialization
Jewish Educational Leadership Specialization

Not quite sure about taking the leap? Read Five Reasons to (Finally) Get Your PhD in Education. 

A sampling of what our graduates are doing:

Theresa Melito-Connors, Educational Leadership '19, is the special education out-of-district coordinator for Melrose Public Schools (MA). Her scholarship focuses on self-care and renewal for leaders. She recently started a consulting business, "Dr. MC's Self-Care Cabaret."

John Bailie, Adult Learning and Development '13 (now Human Development and Learning) and Craig Adamson, Adult Learning and Development '13, are the president and provost, respectively, of the International Institute for Restorative Practices in Bethelehem, PA.

Stacy Atkinson, Adult Learning and Development '17, was recently named chancellor of the Richmond campus of Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana. Previous to this appointment, she was vice chancellor for academic affairs. 

Sally Buckley, Individually Designed '12, is registrar and dean of academic services at Wheaton College in Norton, MA.

We also offer professional development through our centers:

Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

Headed by renowned 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

Learn more about the Center for Reading Recovery.

Center for Inclusive and Special Education

The center 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.

Learn more about the Center for Inclusive and Special Education.

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.

Learn more about the Center for Math Achievement.

Center for Advanced Professional Studies

We provide professional development that addresses critical content areas in teaching and learning, serving educators throughout their careers through workshops, courses, and other offerings.

Learn more about the Center for Advanced Professional Studies.

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.

Learn more about the STEAM Learning Lab.

"What makes teaching important is your impact on so many students over so many years. Everyone's had one teacher who stood out as a person who made a difference in their lives—and they remember that teacher forever."
Brenda Matthis, Associate Professor