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Elementary Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.) with Initial Teacher License (1-6): on-campus, off-campus, or teacher residency graduate program

Broaden children’s learning horizons.

In this era of innovation, teachers play a crucial role in helping students become critical thinkers and problem solvers. This program is designed to show you how to inspire students with diverse skills and backgrounds, use research-based practices and current technologies, and gain content knowledge that aligns with the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers

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You'll explore best practices in elementary subject areas, curriculum development, literacy, and teaching equitably to all students. Develop strategies for leading a classroom with confidence and creativity. And as you move through your program, we'll encourage you to engage in the self-reflection and inquiry that will allow you to grow throughout your career.

You and your faculty will co-construct your education to master the foundations of your discipline and the skills you need to become a great teacher and teacher-leader. The program also features two student teaching experiences (teacher residencies fulfill this requirement at the residency site), so you’ll build relationships with schools and immerse yourself in combining theory and practice. Ongoing feedback allows you to grow as a teacher.

At the end of your program, you’ll be ready for a rewarding career in the 21st century classroom. Employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. Come study at New England's premier university for teacher preparation, and join the thousands of Lesley graduates making an impact all over the world.

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus, off-campus, or accelerated full-time residency option. *** Beginning in Summer 2024, complete your M.Ed. in fewer credits and less time. Check back soon for our new required courses.***

40 Credits (36 credits starting in Summer 2024)
On-Campus Graduate Education Programs

Our on-campus programs are offered in a combination of face-to-face, remote synchronous via Zoom, or asynchronous online courses. Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

Teacher teaching in front of the classroom

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. Sites vary as to online coursework offered in the program.

Apply by May 1, 2023, to start this program in Summer, 2023, at one of the following: Belmont Day School, Brookwood School, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, Old Sturbridge Academy, or Shady Hill School.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our elementary master’s degree program prepares you to:
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2021-2022), according to the National Education Association.
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.
Rita Gordon
Elementary Education
Rita Gordon
Rita is director of the Elementary Education programs and director of the Math M.Ed. She brings a rich skill set from her many years of experience in educational administration PreK through adults, a strong commitment to public schools, and a positive learning environment that is supportive, professional, and dynamic. Rita is also co-director of the Teacher Residency Programs.
The degree employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, 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.

Graduate Elementary Education Programs


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Elementary Education
  • Tuition
    $925/credit x 40
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Comprehensive Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

All graduate students are reviewed for merit scholarships through the admissions process and are awarded at the time of acceptance. Other forms of financial aid are also available. Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective in the Summer term.

Teacher Residency

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 for Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.


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