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Elementary Education - Urban Initiative Program, M.Ed.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
Cambridge, MA, United States| Online
In this accelerated program, offered in collaboration with a participating urban school district, you take courses and spend an internship year at a school, finishing with a Master's degree, Initial licensure in Elementary Education (1-6), and preparation to take the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure in English as a Second Language (ESL).


In our Elementary Education Urban Initiative teacher residency program, you’ll spend just over a year working full-time in an urban Boston-area school. At the same time, you'll take online and face-to-face coursework. Some courses will take place at the school site, resulting in cost savings. You'll finish with a master’s degree and an initial teaching license in elementary education (1–6).

Plus, you’ll gain the preparation you need to apply for an English as a Second Language (ESL) license.

At Lesley, we provide you with opportunities for field experiences that prepare you for your own classroom.

During your residency year, you’ll be a full participant in school life. Courses will cover elementary subject areas, curriculum development, classroom management, literacy, and teaching students with diverse needs. There’s nothing like direct classroom experience, which makes this program so valuable. You’ll gain a year’s worth of knowledge in how to teach in a bilingual or multilingual elementary classroom. You can apply new skills and knowledge and immediately, and finish your program more than ready to teach in your own classroom. In fact, employers in Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, saying that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Teaching Elementary School Mathematics
  • Literacy and Literature: Methods and Materials (1-6)
  • STEM in the Elementary School: Thinking with Evidence
  • Integrating Social Studies into the Elementary Classroom
  • Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    46 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Application for Admission
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Three to Five Page Written Personal Statement
  • Personal Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    975 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 975 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    975 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 975 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 1814 - 3760 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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