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Early Childhood Education with ESL Preparation

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure (PreK-2) with Add-License English as a Second Language Preparation: Teacher Residency Program

Teach and inspire young children, both English speakers and English learners.

In this teacher residency program, you'll spend a year student teaching at the PreK-2 level 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, working toward a master's degree and a Massachusetts Initial license in early childhood (PreK-2). 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.

Emerge from this program a skilled, dedicated, and caring teacher, ready to educate all students.

Start this June.

Start this program in June 2020 and complete it in just over one year. Contact a graduate admissions counselor for more information: 617.349.8300 or

Program Structure

Full-time teacher residency program in Somerville, MA

46 Credits
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.

Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
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Professor Erika Dawes in her office
Early Childhood
Erika Thulin Dawes
Erika is a Professor of Language and Literacy in the Graduate School of Education. 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. Erika currently serves as the program director of the graduate Early Childhood Education program. She blogs about children's and young adult literature currently at "The Classroom Bookshelf," and reviews children's and middle grade books for Language Arts.
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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:


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Early Childhood Education with ESL Preparation
  • Tuition
    On-Campus Tuition $840/credit x 24
    In-District Tuition $300/credit x 16
    Online Tuition $650/credit x 6
  • Fees
    Affiliation Fee
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Registration Fees
    Materials Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Technology Fees
    Practicum Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible for Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

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