Education

Early Childhood Education

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

Inspire young children’s curiosity, confidence, and love of learning.

The early years are critical for children’s learning. In this program, you'll explore how children develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and morally. Discover how family and community enhance learning. Gain strategies for supporting English language learners and children with special needs. 

At Lesley, our early childhood programs respect the competence and curiosity of young children and their unique needs.

Learn how to teach literature, arts, math, science, and social studies. Develop practical curriculum ideas and new teaching strategies, put them into practice through student teaching experience, and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. Discover what it takes to create a fair, caring classroom community, in theory and in practice. 

You'll graduate with the experience needed for a rewarding career in PreK–2 classrooms. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

Program Structure

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

40 Credits
Graduate education students in a classroom with professor
On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately two years.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree while studying one weekend a month at our off-campus site in Randolph, Massachusetts. The next cohort will begin in spring of 2019. Study with Lesley faculty and a small group of fellow students, and take one course at a time over an eight-week semester.

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. Take at one of our three collaborative schools that offer this program, or at the Capuano Early Childhood Center in Somerville, MA. 

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

Lesley University cannot confirm whether the course or program of study will meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification in any state other than Massachusetts. We advise all applicants and students to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure or certification in the state in which they reside or plan to practice.

$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, 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.
Yihsing Liu Constant
Early Childhood
Dr. Yvonne Liu-Constant
Yvonne is an experienced early childhood educator who has taught children ages 3 to 8 in Taiwan and the U.S. She practices anti-bias education and strives to introduce multicultural perspectives to young children as well as graduate students. She is inspired by the Reggio Emilia schools in Italy, and experienced documentation as a powerful tool for understanding children’s learning and development and building connections with families and the community.
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:
Graduate Early Childhood Programs

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Early Childhood Education
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 40
    $33,600
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    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 listed above is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

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

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

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 40
    $26,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    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
    On Campus $975/credit x 27
    $26,325
    In District $300/credit x 13
    $3,900
  • Fees
    Affiliation Fee
    $1,000
    Registration Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $90
    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.

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.

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