Education

Elementary Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Inspire children’s love of learning.

Teaching is your calling. You have a passion for working with young children, instilling a love of learning, and building a foundation of skills.

Start by becoming well-versed in a range of subjects, from language arts and literature to mathematics and science. Discover innovative teaching strategies that engage children in grades 1-6. And develop a deep understanding and empathy for the diverse social and emotional needs of your students.

You’ll pursue your calling in classrooms here in Massachusetts — home to the top-ranked school systems. Starting freshman year, you'll be mentored by current leaders in the field and hone your abilities to work with a range of age groups and types of learners in urban and suburban settings.

With coaching from Lesley’s expert faculty, you’ll discover how to make learning accessible and engaging for all students. Gain skills that set you apart, such as working with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics), English language learners, and adaptive technology. Tap into our 100+ years of experience preparing new teachers for the rewards and challenges of the classroom. And build important career connections as part of Lesley’s network of 55,000 education graduates across the country.

“I want to make sure that everybody has equal access to a fantastic education.”
Rosie Heller ’16, Education Major
female teacher helping young students at desk

Choose a second major in the liberal arts.

In addition to your Education major, you’ll go in-depth in a content area in one these majors:

Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Elementary Education program:
teacher reading to students in classroom

Gain an initial teaching license.

The elementary education major leads to initial licensure as an elementary teacher, grades 1–6. You’ll be well qualified to serve as a teacher in public and private elementary schools.

$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.
Internships & Careers
Unparalleled School Partnerships
Our partnerships with school districts throughout the Greater Boston area give you unprecedented access to some of the most coveted internships and career opportunities in the U.S. You’ll work with children inside the classroom as early as your first year and go on to rewarding careers in these communities and beyond:

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Elementary Education
Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Dean’s Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Lesley Grant Award
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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

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

Housing Options
Compare the cost of the program for students who live on campus in a residence hall with the cost for commuter students.
  • Tuition
    Fall Tuition
    $13,800
    Spring Tuition
    $13,800
  • Fees
    Activity Fees
    $250
    Materials Fees
    $150
    Registration Fees
    $80
    Lab Fees
    $40
  • Room & Board
    Double/Triple/Quad Room
    $9,860
    Housing Deposit
    $300
    Meal Plan
    $6,370
    Health Service Fees (required for resident students)
    $800
  • Total
Calculate Estimated Merit Scholarship
Presidential Scholarship
$10,500
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

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

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

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Approximate cost for 1 year of study in this undergraduate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
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