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Education

Early Childhood Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure (PreK–2), On-Campus, Off-Campus, or Teacher Residency

Inspire young children’s joy of discovery.

At the heart of our early childhood programs is respect for the competence, curiosity, and unique needs of young children. In this program, you'll learn how to foster children's capacity to become ready for elementary school and participate as citizens. Our graduates set the stage for a lifetime of joy in learning.

Explore how children develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and morally. Gain an appreciation for how family and community enhance learning. Develop strategies for supporting English language learners and children with special needs. Through anti-bias education, you'll see what it takes to create a fair and caring classroom community. And through self-reflection and examination of multiple perspectives, you'll emerge as an effective and compassionate educator. 

Study literature, arts, math, science, and social studies for PreK-2 students. With your faculty, co-create curriculum ideas and teaching strategies to use in your student teaching experience. There, you'll integrate theory and practice, and improve through ongoing feedback and support.

Then, with the skills needed for a rewarding early childhood career, you'll graduate from the university that educates more teachers than anyone else in New England. In fact, more than 4,500 people have earned a teaching degree here in just the last five years. Employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

 

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or off-campus program, or full-time accelerated teacher residency program

40 Credits
Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

Off-Campus Option

Off-campus cohort programs usually meet in small face-to-face classes at locations around Massachusetts. Due to COVID-19, in the Summer 2021 semester, we'll conduct these programs remotely, and they will not be location-specific. ​To ensure continuity, the remote format will continue for the duration of your program. Classes will be at specified times, so you must attend virtual classes during the scheduled class time.

You’ll meet one weekend a month in 8-week terms, and get the same quality interactive experience and creative faculty as you would in one of our classrooms. Because the off-campus model is designed for busy adults, you’ll know your entire schedule before you begin and finish your program in approximately two years. For licensure candidates, our field placement office will help you find your state-required student teaching experience on a case-by-case basis toward the end of your program.

Our Early Childhood M.Ed. starts in late May 2021. Apply now.

Teacher reading to a group of small children

Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our early childhood program prepares you to:

$82,042
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), 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.
Professor Erika Dawes in her office
Early Childhood
Dr. Erika Thulin Dawes
Erika is a professor in the Graduate School of Education, and currently serves as the program director of the graduate Early Childhood Education programs. A former elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist, and district literacy administrator, Erika now teaches and mentors courses in early childhood literacy, children's literature, and elementary literacy methods. She blogs about children's and young adult literature at "The Classroom Bookshelf," and reviews children's and middle grade books for Language Arts.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, daycare centers, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Early Childhood Education
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 40
    $34,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $200
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Activity Fees
    $90
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The per-credit tuition rate is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 40
    $26,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $487.50/credit x 40
    $19,500
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Because of our commitment to offering affordable and accessible educational opportunities in Bristol County through our New Bedford location, if you live or work in Bristol County, Massachusetts you are eligible for a reduced tuition rate in select academic programs. Students who are enrolled in eligible graduate programs will receive a 25% scholarship discount off our regular off-campus tuition rate.  

Students who do not live or work in Bristol County who wish to take courses through our New Bedford location will be assessed the regular off-campus tuition rate of $650/credit.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Teacher Residency (Collaboratives)

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or luadmissions@lesley.edu.

The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

 

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