Encourage and build on the natural curiosity of young children.
This program is based on the philosophy of the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in which children are fully capable and want to learn, connect with others, and flourish in their environment. Designed for PreK-2 educators, it allows you to further develop your skills in early childhood environments, materials, documentation, family engagement, and citizenship. And you'll deepen your understanding of Reggio-inspired teaching strategies that promote a hands-on/minds-on approach, where children learn by exploring materials and media.
At Lesley, we weave the importance of equity and social justice throughout our teacher preparation programs. You'll work with faculty to co-construct new knowledge and practices, as well as explore anti-bias perspectives in teaching. And through self-reflection and examination of multiple viewpoints, you'll become a more effective and compassionate educator.
Through internships, you'll also have the opportunity to learn from master teachers in Reggio-inspired classrooms in the Boston area. Emerge from the program with an understanding of how to grow Reggio-inspired communities while employing culturally responsive ways of teaching.
Come study at the place that educates more teachers than any other place in New England. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)
If you have an Early Childhood Initial license, the program can lead to a Professional Massachusetts license in Early Childhood. It's also available as a non-licensure program.