Education

Middle School Education

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Spark the creativity of students in the middle grades.

Remember that one teacher who inspired your passion for (insert your favorite subject)? Prepare to be that teacher.

To capture the interest and spark the imagination of learners in grades 5–8, you’ll need strategies for teaching the whole child. At Lesley, you’ll focus on the psychology of adolescence, preparing you to develop the most creative and relevant curriculum for this age group.

You'll learn innovative teaching techniques from Lesley’s expert faculty. You’ll also become an authority on a specific content area by choosing a second major from the liberal arts, designed for future educators like you.

You’ll also put your new knowledge and skills to the test in Greater Boston’s middle school classrooms. These hands-on, professional experiences will begin freshman year, and are designed to build your strengths working with different age groups and all types of learners in both urban and suburban educational settings.

You'll have the benefit of Lesley's network of education alumni when seeking student-teaching opportunities and job leads. There are more than 4,500 Lesley education graduates in the last five years alone.

You can count on our career counselors and academic advisors to guide you through your transition from student to teacher, whether you have questions about teaching licenses, field experiences, or career opportunities.

Blaze trails like our graduates who transform lives and communities. Grow into a career as a teacher, principal, special educator, community center director, or publisher. Join the ranks of our amazing education alumni, who include Teachers of the Year and a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow.

Gain an initial teaching license

Our middle school education major leads to initial licensure as a teacher of General Science, Mathematics, English, History, or Political Science/Political Philosophy in grades 5–8. You may qualify for positions involving work with middle school-aged children in a variety of middle school settings. Learn more about licensure.

“I want to make sure that everybody has equal access to a fantastic education.”
Rosie Heller ’16, Education Major
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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:

Craft Creative Combinations
As a Middle School Education major at Lesley, you'll need to choose a second major from the approved list of liberal arts majors. You can also pursue one of our 45+ minors to become a more empathetic and informed teacher.

Force your own path with a creative combination:
Gain Skills and Expertise
Here’s a taste of what you’ll do in our Middle School Education program:
Students and a teacher crowding around a computer and circuit boards, finalizing their coding project

Small College, Big University

Within the dynamic environment of a larger university, you'll receive the personalized education of a small college and the hands-on attention from specialized faculty.

$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
Get Classroom Experience
Through field placements that begin your first year, we help you connect with the places that fit. These connections will launch you into your teaching career. All internships are guided by expert faculty and mentoring practitioners in the schools. Theory will come alive as you develop your professional self in the classroom. You'll be immersed in diverse public and private schools in Cambridge, Boston, and surrounding towns:
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Cambridge is our campus. Boston is our neighbor.

As an education major at Lesley, you'll take classes on our three beautiful Cambridge campuses. You'll explore passions to then weave into your teaching. You'll discover the Cambridge and Boston area—a dynamic hub of internships, professional opportunity, service work, culture, and fun few other cities can match.

Faculty

Approximate cost for 1 year of attendance in this undergraduate program.
Middle School 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
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • 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
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you're eligible to receive.
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

First-year freshman students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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
    $14,250
    Spring Tuition
    $14,250
  • 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
*Enter your GPA to see what merit scholarships you’re eligible to receive.
Presidential or Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship
$10,500
​Linda Dacey Scholarship
$2,000
Transfer Scholarship
$9,500
Edith Lesley Wolfard Scholarship
$1,000
Lesley Scholarship
$8,500
Community College Scholarship or Lesley Grant
$5,500

You are not eligible for a merit scholarship.

Estimated Cost

Transfer students will also be charged a one-time new student orientation fee their first semester. All students are charged a degree completion fee when they graduate. 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 2019–2020 academic year.
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