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

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 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.

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)

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 luadmissions@lesley.edu.

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Program Structure

Full-time teacher residency program in Somerville, MA

46 Credits
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.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our early childhood program prepares you to:
$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
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.
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 with ESL Preparation
  • Tuition
    On-Campus Tuition $850/credit x 21
    $17,850
    In-District Tuition $300/credit x 16
    $4,800
    Online Tuition $650/credit x 9
    $5,850
  • Fees
    Affiliation Fee
    $850
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $120
    Technology Fees
    $90
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Materials Fees
    $70
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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.

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.

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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts, at competitive tuition rates.
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