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, and to 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 (teacher residencies fulfill this requirement at the residency site). 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.