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Education

Individually Designed Program for Educators

Master of Education (M.Ed.): On Campus, Online, or Teacher Residency

Plan a degree program that meets your needs.

Design a program that’s right for you. Through our flexible M.Ed. program, you can create an individualized course of study that aligns with your career goals and interests. You’ll work with an academic advisor to choose courses that allow you to pursue a specialization, an endorsement or add-on license, or interdisciplinary work in the topics that interest you most. You can take this program on campus, with a variety of online courses, completely online, or as a teacher residency.

    Nine of your eleven courses will be electives, while the final two will be required research courses designed to help you consolidate your coursework and develop an immersive action-research study.

    You may choose to fulfill some of your elective courses by completing one of our graduate education certificates, which will show as a specialization on your transcript.

    With the required prerequisite license, you may also consider a 24-credit license-only program in English as a Second Language for either grades PreK-6 or 5-12.

    Then, with the skills needed for a rewarding career, you'll graduate 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. Employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

    Graduate Program Inquiry Form

    Program Structure

    Full-time or part-time on-campus, online, or accelerated full-time teacher residency program

    33 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.

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    Online Option

    Take all of your courses online, choosing from a variety of classes to pursue a specialization, interdisciplinary plan, or endorsement or add-on license.

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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 at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley. 

    $62,304
    National average salary for teachers.
    Graduates with master's degrees in education enjoy excellent employment opportunities, with average salaries of over $60,000 a year, according to the National Education Association.

    Source: National Education Association, Ranking of the States 2019 and Estimates of School Statistics 2020 (July 2020)
    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 master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
    Individually Designed Program for Educators
    • Tuition
      On-Campus Courses: $975/credit x 27
      $26,325
      Online Courses: $650/credit x 6
      $3,900
    • Fees
      Registration Fees
      $240
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      $150
      Materials Fees
      $90
      Activity Fees
      $90
      Degree Completion Fee
      $75
      Technology Fees
      $60
    • Total
    Estimated Cost

    In our example, the student is taking 27 credits on campus and 6 credits online. You can take some of the 27 credits online instead, and pay the lower online tuition rate for those credits.

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

    Learn more about graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

    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.

    The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

    • Tuition
      $650/credit x 33
      $21,450
    • Fees
      Technology Fees
      $330
      Registration Fees
      $220
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      $150
      Degree Completion Fee
      $75
    • 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 33
      $16,088
    • Fees
      Technology Fees
      $330
      Registration Fees
      $220
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      $150
      Degree Completion Fee
      $75
    • 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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    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'll help ensure your degree is as affordable as possible. Use our step-by-step guide to apply for federal and university funding. Scholarships, grants, Work-Study, and loans. It’s all right here.

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