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Individually Designed Program for Educators

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

Plan a degree program that meets your unique 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. Plus, you can choose to take courses online as well as face-to-face in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

    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. Throughout your course of study, you can choose to complete one of the following graduate certificate programs, 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. 

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    Program Structure

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

    33 Credits
    Student studying in a classroom
    On-Campus Option

    Take face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and online classes on your schedule. You’ll receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. And you’ll gain convenience and cost savings through the combination of on-campus and online options for learning.

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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. 

    Summer 2020 Residency Update

    Every summer, a new cohort of students starts its teacher residency program by taking courses on the Lesley campus in Cambridge, MA. This summer, for the well-being of our community, and in keeping with federal and state health and safety guidelines related to COVID-19, we have decided to offer all summer learning in a remote format. We will use synchronous online instruction through electronic platforms and tools, as well as assign independent online work that you’ll complete at your own pace.

    In addition, we will build a community through online platforms, where you can communicate regularly with your instructors and peers. While we will miss being together in our face-to-face format, we look forward to seeing each other in our virtual courses and community gatherings.

    Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts, according to the National Education Association.
    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)
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    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.
    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:


    Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2020-2021 academic year.
    Individually Designed Program for Educators
    • Tuition
      On-Campus Courses: $975/credit x 27
      Online Courses: $650/credit x 6
    • Fees
      Registration Fees
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      Materials Fees
      Activity Fees
      Degree Completion Fee
      Technology Fees
    • Total
    Estimated Cost

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

    Teacher Residency

    Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or

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

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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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