Half the time, twice the classroom experience.
If you want to earn a Master of Education 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.
Programs begin in June and conclude at the end of the following summer. 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. Applications are due no later than May 1.
Please note: The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that teacher residencies are not eligible for veterans' benefits under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.
Explore Our Teacher Residency Options
Collaborative Internship Schools: Eastern Massachusetts & Maine
We have over 40 years of residency partnerships with 7 independent and 4 public schools, which we call the Collaborative Internship Programs. In one of these, you’ll work full time at the school, and take coursework at both the school site and on Lesley’s Cambridge campus.
Programs offered differ from site to site (see below), and all but the Individually Designed M.Ed. in Maine lead to a Massachusetts Initial license. Each program follows a set sequence of coursework, and you'll go through your courses with a group of fellow students.
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 with English as a Second Language Preparation: Somerville, MA
Earn your M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Initial Early Childhood license, and take courses that prepare you to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for English as a Second Language, in a residency program based in Somerville Public Schools, Somerville, MA.
Become familiar with family engagement and multilingual practices. You'll 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, and two courses will be taken online.
Learn more and apply to the Early Childhood Education with ESL Preparation program.
Elementary Education with English as a Second Language Preparation: Selected Boston Area School Districts
Earn an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Initial Elementary license, and take courses that prepare you to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for English as a Second Language, in a residency at a participating Boston-area school district in our Elementary Education Urban Initiative program (EEUI).
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 and apply to the Elementary Education with ESL Preparation program..