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 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. Check back for our next off-campus offering.

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:
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.
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:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Early Childhood Education
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 40
    $33,600
  • 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 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
    $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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