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Preparing Educators to Become Changemakers

Located in the heart of dynamic 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.

Carrying on founder Edith Lesley's commitment to experiential learning and intellectual curiosity, all of the school's programs incorporate arts, equity, literacy, technology, and strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners. By studying here, you'll integrate theory and practice, and improve through field-based experiences and ongoing feedback and support. You'll explore multiple ways of knowing and understanding, and cultivate the self-reflection that will prepare you to be an effective and compassionate educator.

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. 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.

We also offer professional development through our centers:

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Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

Discover opportunities to participate in literacy-focused workshops and courses for educators as well as our annual Literacy for All conference.

Explore the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

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Center for Inclusive and Special Education

Uncover resources through our center’s development opportunities, including offerings from the Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity. 

Explore the Center for Inclusive and Special Education

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Center for Math Achievement

Deepen your mathematics content knowledge through our on-campus workshops for educators or request a consultation in your school or district.

Explore the Center for Math Achievement

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STEAM Learning Lab

A place for our students and community partners to engage in learning and inquiry-based exploration. Embracing the “maker” way of knowing, this is where our community can play, tinker, design, and create.

Explore the STEAM Learning Lab.

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Center for Advanced Professional Studies

Get professional development that addresses critical content areas through certificates, seminars, institutes, and workshops for individual educators, districts, and community partners.

Explore the Center for Advanced Professional Studies.

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About Lesley

We prepare students to strengthen communities and act as catalysts for a more just world through academic programs that live at the intersection of education, counseling, the arts, and the helping professions—what we call the human arts.

Each year, 2,000 undergraduate students and 4,500 graduate students pursue degrees on campus, off-site, and online. They join our 90,000 alumni who are making an impact as mental health counselors, teachers and school leaders, expressive arts therapists, human services professionals, writers, business leaders, social workers, visual artists, designers, and more.

Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), according to the National Education Association.
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)
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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.
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School Mission Statement

We prepare graduates to make positive contributions as teachers, school and community leaders, arts administrators, and members of other transformative professions in the human arts. Because we are acutely aware that these professions can help foster a more just and fair society, our students also graduate ready to serve as anti-bias and anti-racist change agents. We design collaborative, creative learning environments where inquiry and self-reflection are central. Accordingly, we cultivate inclusive, innovative, and interdisciplinary pedagogical practices that are essential to the development of deep learning and critical thinking.