Education

Integrated Teaching Through the Arts

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Professional Teacher License or Non-Licensure

Foster the kind of creative thinking that defines generations.

Enhance your own creativity while learning ways to infuse arts into the curriculum to engage and motivate all students. In this program, you'll gain a foundation in theory and new research on arts-informed teaching. And explore creative methods that will help your students meet local and national standards. 

Explore teaching strategies inspired by drama, visual arts, music, creative movement, and poetry. Discover how the arts can open new pathways to understanding and expression for students with varied needs. Use new concepts to design arts-integrated curriculum, while examining current trends and issues, instructional practices, and assessment methods. 

In your final course, you'll combine research, practice, and theory to assess your teaching. Pursue a self-designed project that makes an original contribution to your educational community.

Designed for current educators, the program is available as a non-licensure program or for Massachusetts Professional licensure (PreK-2 or 1-6). Take classes on campus in Cambridge or off campus in a weekend cohort model at selected sites across the country. 

Program Structure

On-campus or off-campus program formats

33 Credits
grad students in a classroom working with art supplies
On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge, Massachusetts campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners.

Students in classroom off-campus, with focus on one boy student sitting with hands folded on the table with a laptop in front of him.
Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree while studying with Lesley faculty one weekend a month at our off-campus sites throughout the U.S. You'll take one course at a time over each eight-week semester. Contact Louise Pascale at lpascale@lesley.edu for information. Current available program sites include:

Fall 2018: Great Falls, MT; Loveland, CO
Spring 2018: Kent, WA; Mansfield, MA; Spokane, WA; Amesbury, MA

“In the process (of integrating the arts) I have been transformed. I have found ways to layer meaning and increase student motivation. I have reexamined my understanding of multicultural, responsive education. I have developed new lenses through which I can see my students and my subject matter more clearly and they in turn, learn at a much deeper level.”
Kimberley Gilles ’12, Integrated Teaching Through the Arts
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts prepares you to:
$78,100
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts 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.
Louise Pascale
Dr. Louise Pascale
Louise directs the Integrated Teaching Through the Arts program. She has worked in arts in education for over 25 years. In 2005, she launched the Children's Afghan Songbook Project, an internationally recognized project that has helped to preserve and redistribute traditional Afghan children's songs that were almost eradicated during Taliban rule. In 2016, Louise was awarded the Champion of Education Award by Canadian Women for Afghan Women.
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:
Arts in Education Programs

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Integrated Teaching Through the Arts
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 33
    $32,175
  • Fees
    Registration Fees
    $160
    MAP ePortfolio Fees
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Activity Fees
    $90
    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
    $650/credit x 33
    $21,450
  • Fees
    Registration Fees
    $240
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    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.

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