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Preparing Educators to Become Changemakers

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. We educate the teachers, leaders, curriculum coordinators, arts administrators, and specialists who change lives and effect social justice.

Become a vital member of our collaborative learning community, where our 5-year alumni employment rate is 98 percent—making your Lesley degree one of the best investments you'll ever make. 


Graphic: Equity, Inquiry, Advocacy

Our Mission
We are a community of learners whose work is grounded in equity, collaborative inquiry, and advocacy. We aim to create educational spaces that cultivate deep learning, critical thinking, and social justice building from the expertise and experiences of children, youth, adults, and families. Alongside our educational partners, we co-construct learning experiences centered in collaboration and oriented toward creating sustainable and impactful systemic change. Responsive to the ever-changing field, we offer inclusive, innovative, and interdisciplinary programs framed by evidence-based theory and deeply embedded in practice. Our work is informed by liberatory practices in school and community learning spaces, constructivist pedagogies, and the relational nature of teaching and learning.

Ways We Live Our Mission:

$86,755
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2021-2022), 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.