Education

Elementary Education Urban Initiative

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure Program, Teacher Residency Format

Educate English speakers and those who speak English as a second language.

In our Elementary Education Urban Initiative teacher residency program, you’ll spend just over a year working full-time in an urban Boston-area school. At the same time, you'll take online and face-to-face coursework. Some courses will take place at the school site, resulting in cost savings. You'll finish with a master’s degree and an initial teaching license in elementary education (1–6).

Plus, you’ll gain the preparation you need to apply for an English as a Second Language (ESL) license.

At Lesley, we provide you with opportunities for field experiences that prepare you for your own classroom.

During your residency year, you’ll be a full participant in school life. Courses will cover elementary subject areas, curriculum development, classroom management, literacy, and teaching students with diverse needs. There’s nothing like direct classroom experience, which makes this program so valuable. You’ll gain a year’s worth of knowledge in how to teach in a bilingual or multilingual elementary classroom. You can apply new skills and knowledge and immediately, and finish your program more than ready to teach in your own classroom. In fact, employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

Program Structure

Teacher residency program

47 credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our Elementary Education with Add-License ESL Preparation 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.
faculty laura schall-leckrone
Elementary Education
Dr. Laura Schall-Leckrone
Laura is an associate professor and director of the ESL/TESOL programs. Previously, she was a bilingual teacher, a Spanish teacher, and K-12 curriculum director in urban and suburban settings. Her current work focuses on preparing teachers to teach linguistically diverse youth, and she is engaged in research with high school history teachers aimed at teaching bilingual learners skills of civic engagement. She publishes and presents frequently on ESL and TESOL subjects.
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

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Elementary Education Urban Initiative
  • Tuition
    On-Campus Tuition $975/credit x 19
    $18,525
    Online Tuition $650/credit x 12
    $7,800
    In-District Tuition $300/credit x 16
    $4,800
  • Fees
    Affiliation Fee
    $1,000
    Registration Fees
    $140
    Technology Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Materials Fees
    $60
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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