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Elementary Education Generalist

Online Master of Education (M.Ed.): Professional License (1-6) or Non-Licensure

Build your expertise in elementary education.

If you're an experienced educator who wishes to enhance your pedagogical and content skills for greater student engagement and success, this 33-credit Elementary Generalist program will help you achieve your goals. It provides a lens on current issues in education, assessment, research, subject matter, and delivery methods, preparing you to teach with new inspiration. The program can lead to a Professional Massachusetts license in Elementary Education (1-6), or may be taken as a non-licensure program.

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You'll take five core courses that focus on research and writing, current issues in educational practice and policy, curriculum theory and development, practical and applied action research, and equity in education. Three content courses, chosen from among a variety of disciplines, and three specialization courses in English as a Second Language, math, and literacy, allow you to finish your program with an increased understanding of subjects that are most essential to your teaching career. 

In its convenient online format, this program gives you the flexibility to study when and where you want, with interactive elements that keep you connected to a supportive virtual community. And with access to the latest online learning tools and educational resources, you can be sure you’re getting everything a Lesley education has to offer.

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Program Structure

100% Online

33 Credits, Accelerated 8-Week Terms
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our elementary master’s degree program prepares you to:
National average salary for teachers.
Graduates with master's degrees in education enjoy excellent employment opportunities, with average salaries of over $65,000 a year. In Massachusetts, the average was $86,755.

Source: National Education Association, Ranking of the States 2021 and Estimates of School Statistics 2022 (April 2022)
Rita Gordon
Elementary Education, Math Education
Rita Gordon
Rita Gordon is co-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.
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 Generalist
  • Tuition
    $750/credit x 33
  • Fees
    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.

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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.
We are committed to providing you with opportunities to support your academic goals. Federal aid and a variety of other options can help make your education more affordable.

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