Teach and inspire young children, both English speakers and English learners.
In this yearlong teacher residency program, you'll immerse yourself in PreK-2 student teaching at a school in Somerville, Massachusetts, an urban district with 5,000 students. At the same time, you'll take courses at the school site, online, and on Lesley's nearby Cambridge campus. You'll also get the preparation you need to pursue an English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching license on your own.
Take courses covering literacy, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), and assessment. Explore language acquisition, Sheltered English Instruction, and linguistics, and use those skills in diverse classrooms. And because Lesley believes in the inclusion of all children, you'll also study how to create an anti-bias classroom community.
Co-construct new knowledge, and engage in the kind of self-reflection that leads to greater cultural awareness. Turn your desire to teach young children into a career as a skilled, dedicated, and caring educator. Emerge from this program with a master's degree and a Massachusetts Initial license in Early Childhood (PreK-2), ready to inspire all students and to pursue a sought-after ESL license.
Upon completion of this M.Ed. program, qualified bilingual candidates may also apply for our 15-credit Bilingual Education Endorsement. Three satisfactorily completed courses from the add-license prep in the M.Ed. may be used toward the endorsement, meaning you will take only two additional courses and 75 additional hours of field experience in a bilingual classroom.
Come study with dedicated faculty at the place that educates more teachers than anyone else in New England. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)