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Education

Middle School Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.): Initial Licensure Program

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)
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Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on campus or off-campus program, or full-time accelerated teacher residency program

34 or 37 Credits
Remote Learning for Summer 2021 On-Campus Programs

The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff come first. Due to COVID-related campus restrictions in Summer 2021, we are offering the on-campus version of this program remotely, in 15-week face-to-face courses that have been moved online for now. Instruction is both asynchronous and synchronous. Any program courses that were previously fully online will be taught in 8 week terms with asynchronous instruction.

Whatever the delivery mode, you'll get the same careful attention and support from our dedicated faculty and staff.

Please contact luadmissions@lesley.edu if you have any questions.

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Off Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site (remote learning until circumstances allow in-person classes) one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small cohort of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and you'll complete the program in about two years. Graduates of these programs say they enjoyed and benefited from the learning community experience. A new cohort is planned for the near future.

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Yearlong Teacher Residency Option

Finish your degree in just over a year—with double the teaching experience and at a reduced cost—as a resident intern in a participating public or independent school. In this program format, you participate full-time in the life of the school, and take classes at both the school site and Lesley.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our middle school education program 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.
Associate Professor Susan Patterson
Susan Patterson
Susan is the program director for the middle and high school programs in the Graduate School of Education. Having been described as an "unapologetic evangelical for the cause of technology in schools," her focus remains on working with classroom teachers on appropriate technology integration. Susan started her professional career as a middle and high school teacher of history and economics. She lived and worked abroad for 10 years in Israel, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.
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.

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Middle School Education
  • Tuition
    $850/credit x 37
    $31,450
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $200
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The per-credit tuition rate listed is for students who have matriculated on or after May 14, 2018.

The cost shown reflects a 37-credit program. If you take a 34-credit program, you'll pay $2,550 less ($850/credit x 3 fewer credits than the 37-credit program).

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

  • Tuition
    $650/credits x 37
    $24,050
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

The cost shown reflects a 37-credit program. If you take a 34-credit program, you'll pay $1,950 less ($650/credit x 3 fewer credits than the 37-credit program).

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 37
    $18,038
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $110
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • 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.

Teacher Residency

Teacher Residency pricing varies from school to school. Contact Graduate Admissions for pricing information at 888.LESLEY.U / 617.349.8300 or luadmissions@lesley.edu.

The Office of Veterans Affairs has determined that Teacher Residency programs are not eligible for Veteran’s Benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill®.

 

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