Education

High School Education

License-Only, Initial Licensure (8-12) Program

Help high school students prepare for college, careers, and life.

For career changers and others, this program will provide you with a license to teach high school without having to take a full master's degree program. Starting with a foundation in adolescent development, you'll learn how contemporary high schools can better serve emerging adults. Develop a toolbox that helps you to champion change for a range of students with varied abilities and needs. Explore ways to promote literacy, support English language learners, and integrate technology into your classroom. Delve into current research and theory on adolescence and high schools.

At Lesley, you’ll prepare to effect positive change, both in today's high schools and in the minds of your students.

Throughout your studies, learn to bring creativity to the forefront of all you do. Discover how to encourage project-based learning that empowers students to ask big questions and work together in a spirit of collaboration. And at the end of your program, practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom. You'll graduate ready for a rewarding career in the 21st century high school classroom. In fact, employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

This program prepares you for licensure in one of 8 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

25 Credits
Small group of students in a classroom setting
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.

Students in classroom off-campus, with focus on one boy student sitting with hands folded on the table with a laptop in front of him.
Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small group of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and will complete the program in about two years. Start in Spring 2019 in Concord, MA.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our license-only high school education 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.
David Nurenberg
Education
David Nurenberg
David helps prepare the next generation of secondary school teachers to find more effective alternatives to traditional lecture-based, skill-and-drill pedagogy. His research focuses on looking at ways in which student-centered, interdisciplinary, project based learning can aid both student learning and student socio-emotional well-being.
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:

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this license only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
High School Education
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 25
    $21,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $160
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $90
    Materials Fees
    $70
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 25
    $16,250
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $160
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $70
    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.

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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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