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Education

Elementary Education

License-Only, Initial Licensure (1-6) Program

Use your expertise to drive student achievement.

If you already have or do not need a master’s degree, this license-only program is the perfect way to quickly get into grade 1–6 classrooms as a licensed elementary school teacher.

In this program, you'll learn about inclusive schooling, literature and literacy, and elementary subject areas from literature to science and social studies. Explore how to support all students using research-based practices and current technologies. Investigate ways to teach English language learners, and strategies for student-centered learning. Learn experientially in our learning labs and makerspace.

In addition, you'll be able to build relationships with schools through in-depth field experiences. And through self-reflection and examination of multiple perspectives, you'll emerge as an effective and compassionate educator. 

At Lesley, you'll study in small classes with faculty who are committed to culturally responsive teaching, equitable classrooms, and instruction that meets the needs of a diverse student population. And you'll draw inspiration from our location in Cambridge, home to world class institutions, arts and culture, and a diverse population. When you finish your program, you’ll be more than ready for the 21st-century classroom. 

You'll earn your license from the university that educates more teachers than anywhere else in New England. In fact, more than 4,500 people have earned a teaching degree here in just the last five years.

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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

34 Credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our license-only elementary education program prepares you to:
$80,357
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2017-2018), 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.
John Pabian
Elementary Education
Dr. Michael Pabian
Mike, an assistant professor, brings to Lesley over 35 years of experience in public school teaching, coaching, and administration. His education courses reflect a synthesis of theory and practice. He has also taught "Baseball and the American Experience," an examination of issues such as culture, race, identity, economics, and the media as informed by the study of baseball. A lifelong learner, he recently completed his PhD in Educational Studies at Lesley.
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 license only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020–2021 academic year.
Elementary Education
  • Tuition
    On-Campus Tuition $850/credit x 28
    $23,800
    Online Tuition $650/credit x 6
    $3,900
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fee
    $80
    Technology Fees
    $60
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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

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

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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts, at competitive tuition rates.
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