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Elementary Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.) with Initial Teacher License (1-6): on-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 will show you how to inspire elementary students to become active and engaged learners. You'll get the skills you need to be a great teacher and teacher-leader.

At Lesley, you'll study with faculty committed to inclusive and culturally responsive teaching. You'll learn about elementary subject areas, curriculum development, literacy, and how to teach to all students. And when you complete your program, you'll have strategies for leading a classroom with confidence and creativity.

The program is a combination of online and face-to-face courses. It also features two student teaching experiences, so you’ll build relationships with schools. 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 elementary classroom. Employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or accelerated full-time residency option

40 credits
Education students using blocks in the classroom
On-Campus Option

Take face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and online classes on your schedule. You’ll receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. And you’ll gain convenience and cost savings through the combination of on-campus and online options for learning.

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.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our elementary master’s degree 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.
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
Elementary Education
Dr. Erika Thulin Dawes
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, and co-directs the elementary education programs. When teaching, Erika works to ensure that her students have hands-on experience with various models of instruction so they can bring them to their own teaching.
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:
Graduate Elementary Education Programs


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Elementary Education
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 40
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Registration Fees
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Activity Fees
    Materials Fees
    Technology Fees
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fee
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Estimated Cost

The per credit tuition rate listed above is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

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

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or

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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