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Education

High School Education

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

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

Designed for career changers and others, this program will provide you with a license to teach high school in one of eight content areas* without having to complete a full master's degree program.

Starting with a foundation in adolescent development, you'll develop ways to champion change for students with varied abilities and needs. Explore ways to promote literacy, and support English language learners. Study current research on adolescence and high schools, and learn how to to integrate theory and practice. Discover how project-based learning empowers students to ask big questions and work together collaboratively.

Throughout this equity-infused program, you'll bring creativity and self-reflection to all you do, working with your faculty to co-construct new knowledge and practices. At the end of your program, you can practice your newfound skills in a high school classroom through an immersive student teaching experience.

Once you've met the requirements, you'll be endorsed for a license from the university that educates more teachers than anyone else in New England. In fact, more than 4,500 people have earned a teaching degree here in just the last five years. You'll emerge knowing that you have the skills you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because 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 and Space Science (8–12)
  • English (5–12)
  • History (5–12)
  • Mathematics (8–12)
  • Physics (8–12)
  • Social Sciences (5–12)

Please note that English, History, and Social Sciences licenses span grades 5-12, as of July 2019.

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Program Structure

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

25 Credits
Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

High school teacher in front of a classroom

Off Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site (remote learning until circumstances allow in-person classes) one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small cohort of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and you'll complete the program in about two years. Graduates of these programs say they enjoyed and benefited from the learning community experience. A new cohort is planned for the near future.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our license-only high school education program prepares you to:
$82,042
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), 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:
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.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this license only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021–2022 academic year.
High School Education
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 25
    $21,250
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $160
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $90
    Materials Fees
    $70
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    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.

  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 25
    $16,250
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    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.

  • Tuition
    $487.50/credit x 25
    $12,188
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $160
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Materials Fees
    $70
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Because of our commitment to offering affordable and accessible educational opportunities in Bristol County through our New Bedford location, if you live or work in Bristol County, Massachusetts you are eligible for a reduced tuition rate in select academic programs. Students who are enrolled in eligible graduate programs will receive a 25% scholarship discount off our regular off-campus tuition rate.  

Students who do not live or work in Bristol County who wish to take courses through our New Bedford location will be assessed the regular off-campus tuition rate of $650/credit.

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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