Ecological Teaching & Learning

Master of Science (MS): Professional License (1-6) or Non-Licensure, Low-Residency

Teach understanding of and respect for the earth.

Deepen your understanding of ecology and ecosystems through contact with the natural world, and become better prepared to work both in informal environments and in PreK-12 classrooms. Take part in two summer residency field experiences, one rural and one urban, using the outdoors as a classroom. Between residencies, you’ll do online coursework, explore your own bioregion, and complete an action research project.

If you are looking for licensure, you'll finish your program with a Massachusetts Professional Teacher License in Elementary 1-6.

At Lesley, we believe in alternative ways of teaching and learning. In this program, you’ll have the chance to study with people who are as passionate about the environment and environmental education as you are.

Explore coastal Maine’s lobster fishing, local salmon fisheries, land conservation, and organic food production. Discover Boston’s ecosystems, from the Emerald Necklace park system and Boston Harbor to sustainable local food initiatives. Build your expertise in nature journaling, systems thinking, and ecological literacy while becoming a reflective practitioner.

Graduates of this program teach in schools and alternative settings, including a NASA space center, a nature pre-school in the Colorado mountains, and a native Alaskan village.

At this time, residents of Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Oregon are not eligible to enroll in our low-residency programs. All others may apply.

Program Structure

Low-residency program

32 Credits
Our Ecological Teaching and Learning program prepares graduates to:
Coleen O'Connell
Science, Technology, and Math
Coleen O'Connell
Coleen’s interests are focused on environmental justice, sustainability, systems thinking, and traditional indigenous knowledge. She works toward expanding ecological teaching and learning across the curriculum. She is the recipient of the 2013 Maine Environmental Association’s Environmental Educator Award for her “incredible contributions to furthering environmental education in Maine and New England.”
Where Graduates Work
Graduates of this program go on to rewarding and successful careers in a range of settings, including:
"Ecological Teaching and Learning speaks to some of the most pressing systems issues in our world and exposes this to reflective practitioners who will apply what they have learned in unique ways. The results of this are like mycelium…a network of creative people dedicated to a cause, each reaching many people with their work."
Christine Bulman, Student, Ecological Teaching and Learning
Graduate Science and Mathematics Education Programs


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Ecological Teaching & Learning
  • Tuition
    $625/credit x 32
  • Fees
    Field Study Residency Fee
    Registration Fee
    Technology Fee
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    Degree Completion Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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