Education

High School Education (8–12): Initial Teacher License

Master of Education (M.Ed.), full-time or part-time graduate program

Empower students to build skills for lifetime success.

Expand your subject knowledge and develop strategies for preparing students in grades 8–12 for college and careers. In our secondary education program, you’ll investigate aspects of adolescent development and the role of contemporary high schools in serving emerging adults. Explore best practices for instruction and assessment. And learn classroom management skills and how to work with diverse student populations.

At Lesley, you’ll prepare to effect positive change, both in the classroom and in the minds of your students.

Discover how project-based collaborative learning can engage students in meaningful explorations. Develop ways to teach students of varying abilities, and how to promote literacy and support English language learners. Throughout your studies, learn to bring creativity and reflection to all you do. At the end of your program, practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom.

This program prepares you for licensure in one of eight content areas:

  • Biology (8–12)
  • Chemistry (8–12)
  • Earth Science (8–12)
  • English (8–12)
  • History (8–12)
  • Mathematics (8–12)
  • Physics (8–12)
  • Political Science/Political Philosophy (8–12)

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus or off-campus program

33-37 credits
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On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately two years.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree while studying one weekend a month at our off-campus site in Randolph, Massachusetts, starting in March 2018. Study with Lesley faculty and a small group of fellow students, and take one course at a time over an eight-week semester.

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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.

Outcomes
Our high school education 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.

Linda Triplett
Linda Mensing-Triplett
Linda brings to her teaching a range of educational experiences. She’s been a teacher of students with severe special needs, a child psychologist for the Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health, a school psychologist for several school districts, and a neuropsychologist for North Shore Children’s Hospital—just to name a few.
Careers
Where Our Graduates Work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
High School Education (8–12): Initial Teacher License
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 37
    $36,075
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $200
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fee
    $120
    Materials Fee
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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

  • Tuition
    $625/credit x 37
    $23,125
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fee
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fee
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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.

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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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