Be a positive force in middle school students' lives.
In our middle school education program, designed for career changers and others, you'll obtain the skills and knowledge needed to teach this exciting age group.
You'll choose one of seven licensure tracks and take courses with that content area in mind. You'll study adolescent development from physical, cultural, and psychological perspectives. Examine learning through a social justice lens, to discover how schools can best serve the needs of all middle school students. Learn how to design curriculum and learning environments and use effective classroom management strategies.
You’ll explore project-based methods for making learning meaningful, co-constructing new knowledge with faculty. Investigate ways to use social justice and equity close the achievement gap. Explore tools for supporting students with disabilities and ways to assess student success, and engage in the kind of self-reflection that will make you a more compassionate and culturally aware educator. You'll also have a chance to apply your learning during your immersive student teaching experience.
Upon completion, you’ll graduate from New England's premier university for teacher preparation knowing you have the degree you need to land the career you're passionate about. That's because employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one.
Select one of seven tracks, all leading to Initial teacher licensure. Please note that English, History, and Social Sciences licenses span grades 5-12, as of July, 2019.
- English (5–12)
- General Science (5–8)
- History (5–12)
- Humanities (5–8)
- Mathematics (5–8)
- Mathematics/Science (5–8)
- Social Sciences (5–12)