Education

Middle School Education

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

Be a positive force in middle school students' lives. 

Give students in grades 5-8 the tools to become successful lifelong learners and citizens.

In our middle school education program, you’ll study adolescent development from physical, cultural, and psychological perspectives. Examine learning through a social justice lens as you develop an appreciation of how schools can best serve the needs of this unique age group.

You’ll explore project-based methods for making learning meaningful. Investigate ways to close the achievement gap. Explore tools for supporting students with disabilities and ways to assess student success. Develop a teaching style that promotes creativity and encourages all students to have a voice. Through student teaching, get out into middle school classrooms, where you’ll have the chance to flex and refine your skills. You'll graduate knowing that 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.

At Lesley, you’ll examine ways to design curriculum and learning environments and use effective classroom management strategies. And you’ll do all this while furthering your passion and expertise in the content area of your choice. You can select one of seven tracks, all leading to middle school education Initial teacher licensure:

  • English (5–8)
  • General Science (5–8)
  • History (5–8)
  • Humanities (5–8)
  • Mathematics (5–8)
  • Mathematics/Science (5–8)
  • Political Science/Political Philosophy (5–8)

Program Structure

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

37 or 40 Credits
2 graduate students in class
On-Campus Option

Take intimate, face-to-face classes on our Cambridge campus and receive personalized attention and feedback from faculty who are experienced practitioners. Complete a semester-long student-teaching experience in a Massachusetts school, and graduate after approximately two years.

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Off-Campus Option

Earn your degree studying at an off-campus site one weekend a month, in eight-week semesters, with a small group of fellow students. You'll know your entire program schedule before you begin, and will complete the program in about two years. Start in Spring of 2019 in Concord, MA.

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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:
$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.
Linda Triplett
Linda Mensing-Triplett
Linda brings to her teaching a range of educational experiences. She’s been a teacher of students with severe special needs, a child psychologist for the Massachusetts State Department of Mental Health, a school psychologist for several school districts, and a neuropsychologist for North Shore Children’s Hospital—just to name a few.
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:

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Middle School Education
  • Tuition
    $840/credit x 40
    $33,600
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $200
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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

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

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

  • Tuition
    $650/credits x 40
    $26,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $500
    Registration Fees
    $280
    Map ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • 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.

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.

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Your degree is an investment, and we're committed to ensuring its value. That's why we offer the best teacher education in Massachusetts, at competitive tuition rates.
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