Half the time, twice the classroom experience.
If you want to earn a Master of Education degree and an initial teaching license in just over a year of full-time work and study, consider a teacher residency. We partner with a number of Massachusetts schools (and one in Maine) to provide you with an opportunity to actively participate in the life of a school while fulfilling your coursework and student teaching requirements. For all residency programs, costs are lower than for traditional programs, as some classes are taken at the school site at a reduced rate. Costs vary by school.
Explore Our Teacher Residency Options
Collaborative Internship Schools: Eastern Massachusetts & Maine
We have over 40 years of teacher education residency collaborations with 7 independent and 4 public schools, which we call the Collaborative Internship programs. You’ll work full time at the school, and take some coursework at the school site and some on Lesley’s Cambridge campus. Programs offered differ from site to site (see below), and all but the Individually Designed M.Ed. lead to an Initial license. All programs begin in the summer and each program follows a set sequence of courses.
If you are interested in exploring a teacher residency program at one of the following schools, contact the school directly to schedule a site visit and interview. You must be accepted by both the school and Lesley. You may apply to more than one school.
- Belmont Day School, Belmont, MA
- Brookwood School, Manchester, MA
- Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, Cambridge, MA
- Shady Hill School, Cambridge, MA
Special Education: Moderate Disabilities
Special Education: Severe Disabilities
Individually Designed (degree only; non-licensure)
Early Childhood Education Program: Somerville, MA
Earn your M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education in a teacher residency program based in Somerville Public Schools, Somerville, MA.
The 14-month program begins in June and extends through the school year. You will work with experienced teachers in preschool, kindergarten, first, or second grade classrooms. Most of your classes will take place at Lesley's Cambridge campus; the practicum seminar and two courses will be taught on-site in Somerville.
Save money and time, and get direct classroom experience. Become familiar with family engagement and multilingual practices. This residency program is overseen by Somerville Early Childhood Education Director Lisa Kuh.
Elementary Education Urban Initiative: Selected Boston Area School Districts
Earn an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and take courses that prepare you to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure for English as a Second Language in a residency at a participating urban Boston-area school district.
Most courses taught at Lesley's Cambridge campus; other courses are taken at the school site. Save money and time, and get direct classroom experience and a grounding in teaching students who are English language learners. Learn more.