Encourage and build on the natural curiosity of young children.
This master's degree program, designed for PreK-2 educators, is based on the philosophy of the preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, which sees children as capable learners who want to learn, connect with others, and flourish in their environment. If you have an Early Childhood Initial license, the program can lead to a Professional Massachusetts license in Early Childhood. You could also take it as a non-licensure program.
In this program, you'll further develop your skills in early childhood environments, materials, documentation, family engagement, and what it means for children to become full citizens. 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.
You'll also have the opportunity to learn from master teachers in Reggio-inspired classrooms in the Boston area through internships. 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)