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Education

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 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

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, 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.

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 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.

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 elementary master’s degree program prepares you to:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, 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
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:
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

Faculty

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
    $34,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $90
    Technology Fees
    $90
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
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 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 G.I. Bill.

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