Lesley University

School of Education

MEd in Elementary Education


Graduate Admissions, 29 Everett Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MEd in Elementary Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This licensure program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in disciplines other than liberal arts and sciences education who wish to become teachers of children in elementary grades 1-6. It consists of a core of courses, along with field experiences in which theory is applied in classroom settings. Students may pursue the program on a part-time or full-time basis, during the week in the evening on campus or at various locations off campus in a weekend format. M.Ed. in Elementary Education leading to Initial Licensure: 39 credits (12 courses, including a 6-credit practicum) May complete program on part-time or full-time basis Classes at Lesley’s Cambridge, MA, campus, or at selected off-campus sites in a weekend cohort model Prerequisite: undergraduate degree; a specified development and learning course or equivalent M.Ed. in Elementary Education and Creative Arts in Learning Program consists of 42 credits (13 courses, including 1 arts elective and a 6-credit practicum) Program completion: full time students may complete the program in a year and a half; students may also take classes on a part time basis Classes are given at Lesley’s Cambridge, MA, campus Program prerequisite: undergraduate degree Program approved for Massachusetts Initial licensure in Elementary (1-6) by MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education M.Ed. in Elementary Education and English as a Second Language (ESL) The program consists of 42-46 credits (18 credits of elementary courses and 18 credits of ESL courses; number of practicum credits depends on whether the student is taking the dual or single licensure option) ESL courses align with the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) domains Classes are held at Lesley’s Cambridge, MA, campus and selected off-campus locations Prerequisites include: undergraduate degree; a course in development and learning. Both licensure options have a language requirement that is detailed on the program of study The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis M.Ed. in Elementary Education (1-6) and Specialist Teacher in Reading (All Levels) 54 credits: 30 in the elementary portion, 24 in the reading portion Two practicum experiences, one for elementary and one for reading Courses taken at Lesley’s Cambridge, MA, campus Prerequisites for Specialist Teacher of Reading license: An Initial or Professional license for classroom teacher or special education teacher and at least one year of teaching under that license is required to be eligible for license as a Specialist Teacher of Reading (can be completed after elementary coursework) Program approved by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) M.Ed. in Elementary Education (1-6) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) 43-49 credits (15 courses, including one full and one half practicum) Take classes at Lesley’s Cambridge, MA, campus Prerequisites: undergraduate degree; a course in development and learning Program approved by Massachusetts Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education Meets new state regulations requiring all teachers receiving special education licensure to have training in Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and Elementary Education Generalist The program consists of 33 credits of core education courses and integrated arts courses Program prerequisite: Massachusetts Initial license in Early Childhood or Elementary Education Program leads to Professional licensure at either the PreK-2 or 1-6 level Program is aligned to National Board of Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS), state, and Common Core standards Classes held at Lesley’s Cambridge, MA, campus in a combination of weekly and intensive weekend formats and at locations outside Massachusetts Current issues in educational practice and policy Curriculum theory and development Practical and applied action research Equity in education Content area and specialization courses are chosen with approval of an advisor. Content areas include English, science, history, political science/philosophy, or mathematics. Specializations include English as a Second Language, mathematics, or literacy. M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Elementary Ed: MA Only 33 credits Program ends with action research project and seminar, in which you design research that can have a direct impact on your school community. Leads to Professional license in either Early Childhood or Elementary in MA; approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education



International Student Requirements:


Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: varies

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $900 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 6,000-9,999

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