Education

Middle School Education

License-Only, Initial Licensure (5-8) Program

Turn your passion into positive learning experiences for students.

This license-only program is designed for career changers and others who want to teach but may not need to complete a full master’s degree. Gain the classroom experience needed to earn your license, and graduate prepared to provide middle school students with the tools to become successful lifelong learners. Employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

At Lesley, examine ways to design curriculum and learning environments and implement classroom management strategies. Begin to understand adolescent development from physical, cultural, and psychological perspectives. Apply theory to your own authentic experiences, and develop an appreciation of how schools can best serve the needs of this unique age group.

    In this program, investigate methods for closing the achievement gap in middle school classrooms. Explore tools for supporting students with special needs and ways to assess student success. Develop a teaching style that promotes creativity and encourages all students to have a voice. And through student teaching, get out into real middle school classrooms, where you’ll have the chance to flex and refine your skills.

    Do all of this while furthering your passion and expertise in the content area of your choice. 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 Program

    28 Credits
    Small group of students in a classroom setting
    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.

    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 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 2019 in Concord, MA.

    Gain Skills and Expertise
    Our licensure-only 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.
    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:

    Faculty

    Total approximate cost for this license only program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
    Middle School Education
    • Tuition
      $840/credit x 28
      $23,520
    • Fees
      Field Experience Fee
      $500
      Registration Fees
      $200
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      $150
      Activity Fees
      $120
      Materials Fees
      $90
      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/credit x 28
      $18,200
    • Fees
      Field Experience Fee
      $500
      Registration Fees
      $180
      MAP ePortfolio Fee
      $150
      Materials Fees
      $90
      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.

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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.
    We'll help ensure your degree is as affordable as possible. Use our step-by-step guide to apply for federal and university funding. Scholarships, grants, Work-Study, and loans. It’s all right here.

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