Fall 2020 Guidance
In response to COVID-19, university courses and operations remain predominantly online for fall.
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. 

 

Graduate Program Inquiry Form

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 Fall 2020

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Fall 2020, 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.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree while studying one weekend a month at an off-campus site. Study with Lesley faculty and a small group of fellow students, and take one course at a time over an eight-week semester.

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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:

Summer 2020 Residency Update

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.

$80,357
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2017-2018), 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 2020-2021 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.

Fall 2020:

For most of our graduate programs where delivery modalities have been changed, we are reducing those per-credit rates for the Fall 2020 semester. And many fees associated with a physical presence on campus will be reduced or eliminated. Learn more about graduate tuition and fees, including discounted Fall 2020 rates.

  • 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.

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 G.I. Bill.

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