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Integrated Teaching Through the Arts

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

Use creative arts to spark meaningful learning.

In this unique program, you'll learn teaching strategies to help learners demonstrate understanding of academic content through a variety of art forms. You'll develop skills to integrate arts—and the joy of the arts—into the K-12 curriculum, using theories and practices of arts integration, pedagogy, assessment, and more. 

You'll use new concepts to design engaging arts-integrated curriculum. Explore creative methods that will help your students meet local and national standards. And develop working knowledge of arts disciplines, including music, visual art, poetry, storytelling, drama, and creative movement. At the same time, you'll use self-reflection to discover your ability to create, become more expressive, and think of yourself as a creative person.

Come study where you and your faculty will co-construct new knowledge and practices, and where the importance of equity and social justice is woven throughout your study. 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)

Designed for current educators, the program is available as a non-licensure program (appropriate for K-12 educators) or for Massachusetts Professional licensure (PreK-2 or 1-6). 

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Program Structure

Off-campus program

33 Credits
Early childhood classroom with table of colorful handmade paper structures

Off-Campus Option

In our off-campus programs, you'll study with the same cohort of students one weekend a month in eight-week semesters, earning your degree in about two years. You’ll know your program schedule before you begin, making planning easier. And due to pandemic circumstances, our off-campus programs, usually held at in-person sites, have shifted to remote synchronous. This means you can join via Zoom from wherever you are. Classes will be at specified times (synchronous), so you must attend virtual classes during the scheduled class time.

A new cohort will start in Spring of 2023.

For more information, please contact program director Maureen Creegan-Quinquis, mcreegan@lesley.edu.

"Not only did I look forward to the classwork, but I would immediately implement what I learned into the classroom that following Monday. Practice becomes habit, habit becomes results."
Wayne Jensen ’18, Kent, Washington, 2019-20 Teacher of the Year
Gain Skills and Expertise
Our M.Ed. in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts prepares you to:
$82,042
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2019), 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.
Maureen Quinquis
Dr. Maureen Creegan-Quinquis
Maureen is director of the Art Education, Integrated Teaching through the Arts, and Arts, Community, and Education programs, and the chair of the Teaching and Learning Department. She is a working, exhibiting artist. She is also the co-author of Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Social Studies. Her work concentrates on visual arts education and creativity. Maureen is president-elect of the Massachusetts Art Educators Association, and in 2021 received MAEA's 2022 Distinguished Service within the Profession Award.
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:
Important Licensure Information

All Lesley University educator licensure programs comply with current Massachusetts educational requirements, as specified. In addition, Massachusetts participates in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which makes it possible for an educator to have their Massachusetts license/s recognized across the United States. Depending on your professional goals, where you reside or plan to teach, and the licensure structures that exist within that state, there are diverse pathways to licensure that may be relevant. In accordance with Lesley University’s institutional participation in SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) and with federal regulations, Lesley University strongly encourages prospective applicants who intend to pursue licensure in a state other than Massachusetts review the Lesley University Licensure and Credentialing page for more information.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Integrated Teaching Through the Arts
  • Tuition
    $650/credit x 33
    $21,450
  • Fees
    Registration Fees
    $220
    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.

  • Tuition
    $487.50/credit x 33
    $16,088
  • Fees
    Registration Fees
    $220
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    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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