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.
Every summer, a new cohort of students starts its teacher residency program by taking courses on the Lesley campus in Cambridge, MA. This summer, for the well-being of our community, and in keeping with federal and state health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, we have decided to offer all summer learning in a remote format. We will use synchronous online instruction through electronic platforms and tools, as well as assign independent online work that you’ll complete at your own pace.
In addition, we will build a community through online platforms, where you can communicate regularly with your instructors and peers. While we will miss being together in our face-to-face format, we look forward to seeing each other in our virtual courses and community gatherings.
Explore Our Teacher Residency Options
Various Programs in Massachusetts & Maine
We offer teacher residency programs in collaboration with a number of independent and public schools. In a residency program, you’ll work full time at the school, and take coursework at both the school site and on Lesley’s Cambridge campus. You'll follow a set sequence of coursework, and go through your courses with a group of fellow students.
Programs offered differ from site to site, and all but the Individually Designed M.Ed. in Maine lead to a Massachusetts Initial license.
If you are interested in exploring a teacher residency program, 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.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
- 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..