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.

Gain the skills, experience, and support to teach in today’s classrooms. In this dynamic program, you'll learn elementary subject areas, curriculum development, classroom management, literacy, and how to support all learners.

You’ll take a combination of online and face-to-face courses. Online coursework allows you flexibility to study when and where you want, and the discussion forums keep you connected to the peers you'll get to know in your on-campus courses. The program also features two student teaching experiences, so you’ll build relationships with schools during your courses.

At Lesley, you'll study with faculty committed to culturally responsive teaching.

Get strong content knowledge and strategies for teaching with confidence and creativity. Learn what it takes to be a great teacher and a teacher-leader. At the end of your program, you’ll be more than ready for the 21st century elementary classroom.

Program Structure

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

40-44 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.

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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.

Our elementary master’s degree program prepares you to:
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Student Teaching

Student teaching, a requirement of all Initial licensure programs, is an opportunity to apply new skills to an active classroom environment and receive feedback from your supervising teachers and faculty. All placements are in an appropriate Massachusetts school, and are set up through our field placement office.

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.
Where you'll work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:
Graduate Elementary Education Programs


Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Elementary Education
  • Tuition
    $750/credit x 44
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    Registration Fee
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    Activity Fee
    Materials Fee
    Technology Fee
    Degree Completion Fee
    Practicum Fee
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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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

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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