2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

Licensure Only: Elementary Education (1-6) 31-35 credits

This program of study is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for Initial Teacher License in Elementary Education (1-6) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This licensure-only, non-degree program is designed for career changers and others who may want to teach but do not require (or may already have) a full Master's degree. It will prepare teachers to work with the children in 21st century schools, as well as to meet Massachusetts state regulations for licensure. Appropriate for students with undergraduate degrees who wish to become teachers of children in grades 1-6, the program incorporates Lesley's commitment to inclusive classrooms, differentiated instruction, and the integration of theory with practice. Classroom inquiry is a focus, as teachers move through their coursework, early field experience, and a full-semester practicum experience. The program is offered at selected off-campus sites throughout Massachusetts.

While early field-based experiences are encouraged and courses have field-based assignments, the 75-hour early field experience required for EEDUC 7733 Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education (1-6) is integrated within the course EEDUC 6633 Connecting Theory to Practice: School-Based Pre-Practicum.

Program Prerequisite: An approved child development course completed with a grade of B or better. Without such a course, students may be accepted into the program but must take EEDUC 5122 Development and Learning: Psycho-social Perspectives in Education in their first semester of study.

Program of Study

Courses may have prerequisites for registration; please check course descriptions before registering.

Program phases parallel the recommended course sequence. Any changes must be approved in consultation with academic advisor. Students meet for an advising support session following each phase, and more often if needed.

All courses in each phase must be taken prior to EEDUC 7733, unless approved by academic advisor, and many courses include field-based assignments.

Phase I (12 credits):

EEDUC 5400Literacy and Literature: Methods and Materials (1-6)


EEDUC 5102Teaching Elementary School Mathematics


CMATH 6108Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory


ESPED 5114Designing Instruction for the Inclusive Classroom


Phase II (9 credits):

EEDUC 6173Literacy in the Disciplines (1-6)


EEDUC 5135STEM in the Elementary School: Thinking with Evidence


EEDUC 5136Integrating Social Studies into the Elementary Classroom


Phase III (0-4 credits):

EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


EECLD 6115 may be waived with documented state approved Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement. Total program credit variability only applies when EECLD 6115 is waived.

Phase IV (10 credits):

EEDUC 6633Connecting Theory to Practice: School-Based Pre-Practicum


EEDUC 7733Practicum and Seminar in Elementary Education (1-6)


EEDUC 7733 Requirements: Before enrolling, students must have passed the appropriate Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). This full-time, full-semester experience is accompanied by a weekly seminar and requires a field experience fee.