2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Degree Requirements

A student who satisfactorily meets the following requirements is awarded a degree of Bachelor of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Sciences. All majors incorporate liberal arts coursework and experiential learning opportunities or professional preparation. In accordance with state of Massachusetts regulations, Education students must have a liberal arts major in order to qualify for initial licensure in the state of Massachusetts and have NASDTEC contract endorsement. Successful completion of the program meets certification requirements in 48 states. Both The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the The College of Art and Design are regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the College of Art and Design is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (N.A.S.A.D.).

Professional and Personal Requirements

Professional Goals: Demonstrate and maintain a sense of direction and commitment to a career in one's chosen profession.

Professional Competence: Demonstrate a high level of performance or potential in the practical application or chosen area of professional preparation as defined by the program of study.

Personal: Demonstrate a high level of social and emotional adjustment, which may indicate ability to serve effectively in one's chosen field or major.

Academic Requirements

Credits:

Bachelor of Arts (CLAS): Earn a minimum of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.0. Ninety (90) credits must be earned in courses designated as liberal arts. Specific majors may have additional or more specific requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree. A minimum of thirty (30) credits must be earned at Lesley University.

Bachelor of Arts (LUCAD): Earn a minimum of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.3. Fifty one (51) credits must be earned in studio and art history required courses and sixty nine (69) must be earned in general education and electives.

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Earn a minimum of 123 credits with a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.3. Eighty one (81) credits must be earned in studio required courses and electives and forty two (42) credits must be earned in course comprising of general education, liberal arts and art history. Fifty Seven (57) credits must be earned at Lesley University.

Bachelor of Science: Earn a minimum of 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.0. Sixty (60) credits must be earned in the liberal arts. Specific majors may have additional or more specific requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. A minimum of thirty (30) credits must be earned at Lesley University.

Communication Skills: Demonstrate capacity to employ basic communication skills (e.g., listening, speaking, writing) sufficient for effective performance in chosen professional career.

Competencies: Fulfill all competencies assigned to competency-based courses.

Community Standards of Conduct

Purpose:  To establish minimum standards of behavior for all members of the Lesley University community.

Scope:  This policy applies to all members of the Lesley University community, including faculty, adjunct faculty, staff, students, alumni/ae, vendors, contractors, consultants, guests, and visitors.  This policy applies to any activity related to Lesley University, either on or off campus, and to any off-campus conduct that may have an effect on the Lesley University community.

Policy Statement:  Lesley University respects the dignity of every individual and expects members of the Lesley University community to:

  • Conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner.
  • Conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s mission as an educational institution.
  • Refrain from behavior that substantially disrupts the educational and working environment at the University.
  • Refrain from illegal activity, and understand that the University may take action regardless of the outcome of any criminal investigation or prosecution.
  • Understand that conduct, occurring either on or off campus, that adversely affects or has the potential to adversely affect, the University or members of the University community, may violate the Community Standards of Conduct.
  • Refrain from injuring, threatening to injure, or attempting to injure another person, whether in person, through electronic or digital communications, or otherwise.  This includes physical action, non-physical action, intimidation, and threats. 
  • Refrain from damaging or threatening to damage property.
  • Avoid any activity that poses a significant risk to the health or safety of any member of the University’s community or a member of the public.
  • Comply with University policies and procedures.  Examples of University policies include:

Most University policies are available at this link: http://www.lesley.edu/policies/

Student handbooks are available at this link https://www.lesley.edu/academic-policies and program-related handbooks are available from each program.

The Faculty Handbook is available at this link https://www.lesley.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-academic-resources/faculty-handbook

The Employee Handbook is available on the Human Resources Department’s intranet site at this link http://intranet.lesley.edu/

Reporting: It is the obligation of the members of the Lesley University community to report violations of these Community Standards of Conduct to one of the people listed below.  Any reported violation will be promptly investigated.

Investigation and Sanctions: The University will investigate all good faith reports of violations of these Community Standards of Conduct.  Reports of discrimination, harassment, and sexual violence will be investigated pursuant to the Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Policy and the Discrimination and Harassment Complaint Resolution Procedure.  The University’s investigations and sanctions may proceed even if the persons involved are on leave from or not currently engaged with the University.

Depending on the circumstances, the University may take immediate, interim action pending the conclusion of an investigation.  The University may immediately remove anyone from the campus or any University-sponsored event if the person’s behavior is disrupting any classroom or educational environment, work environment, or any University-sponsored event, is threatening to the health or safety of any person, or may damage property.  The University, at its discretion, may also remove someone from campus or prohibit someone from attending a University-sponsored event during the course of an investigation.  In the event of alleged unlawful behavior, or as deemed necessary in any emergency situation, the University may notify the Lesley University Office of Public Safety and the appropriate law enforcement agency.

The person investigating a reported violation may find that a single significant incident, a pattern of less significant behavior, or a combination of the two, violate the Community Standards of Conduct.  The investigator applies a preponderance of the evidence standard and applies a reasonable person standard to determine whether a violation of the Community Standards of Conduct has occurred.  The decision of the investigator is final.

The University may suspend, dismiss, or otherwise discipline any member of the Lesley University community for violations of the Community Standards of Conduct.  Dismissal may occur even on a first offense, depending on its severity.

Report suspected violations of the Community Standards of Conduct to any of the following people:

Ms. Marylou Batt

Vice President of Administration

29 Everett Street 

Cambridge MA 02138

617.349.8564

Email: marylou.batt@lesley.edu

Ms. Jane Joyce

Director of Human Resources

29 Everett Street

Cambridge MA 02138

617.349.8785

Email: ajoyce5@lesley.edu

Dr. Nathaniel G. Mays

Dean of Student Life and Academic Development and Interim Title IX Coordinator

29 Everett Street

Cambridge MA 02138

617.349.8539

Email: nmays@lesley.edu

You may also contact Public Safety at:

Doble Campus/Main Number: 617.349.8888

Brattle Campus: 617.871.6029

Porter Campus: 617.349.8390

You may also choose to contact local law enforcement by calling 911.

In the case of an emergency, please CALL THE POLICE at 911.

These Community Standards of Conduct are not intended to create a contract between the University and any person or organization.  The University reserves the right to amend or revoke this policy at any time without notice.

Joseph B. Moore

President

Approved by:  The President

Policy revisions:  June 4, 2012; July 7, 2014; June 30, 2016

Teacher Licensure

Successful completion of graduation requirements as well as approved professional majors in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, Secondary Education, and Special Education provide Lesley undergraduates with eligibility for initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The requirements of each licensure program are outlined under the degree requirements for Education majors. Students must also pass state examinations in order to be licensed.

Massachusetts has a two-stage licensure process. The first stage in that process is initial licensure. The second stage, professional licensure, is reached after additional coursework and three years of appropriate teaching experience.

Educator Licensure Regulations

The educational programs at Lesley fulfill the Massachusetts educator licensure regulations overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Because of this approval, Lesley programs are also recognized by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement 2010-2015. The NASDTEC Interstate Agreement means that undergraduate and graduate educators with an initial or professional license are eligible to apply for certification in Massachusetts and other states.

The Lesley Educator License and Certification website, www.lesley.edu/certification is the primary source for information on educator licensure. This website has MTEL workshop and math course schedules and registration instructions. The process for applying for Initial and Professional license, and frequently asked questions for both licensure and Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) are highlighted. Information regarding license renewal and licensure regulations outside Massachusetts is also available, along with the latest MTEL information and study resources. Specific links to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education keep the Lesley community aware of changes to regulations and procedures.

The Lesley Certification and Educator Licensure Office is located in the Graduate School of Education, 1815 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA, 617.349.8427. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is at 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA, 02148-5023, or call 781.338.6600, M-F, 2 pm – 5 pm.

Massachusetts Educator Licensure Requirements:

Educator Licensure and Recruitment (ELAR) Account

ELAR is the state's online portal that enables you to complete most licensure-related transactions on the Internet. Through ELAR, you can apply for or advance a license online, renew a Professional license, check the status of a license/application, make a payment, view what documents are scanned into your file, request a hard copy license, update contact information, view correspondence from the MA Office of Educator Licensure, and print unofficial license information.

To set up an ELAR account at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/educators/e_license.html. You will be assigned a unique Massachusetts Educator Personnel ID number, or MEPID, which must be reported to Lesley University through Lesley's Online Information Service (LOIS).

Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement

In response to the new SEI requirements effective June 2012, Lesley has modified all initial and professional licensure programs to include an approved 4-credit Sheltered English Instruction course. Candidates for Initial teacher licensure will be required to have an SEI endorsement if completing a program and seeking licensure after July 1, 2014. License renewals, extensions, or advances after July 1, 2016 will require a Sheltered English Immersion Endorsement.

After July 1, 2016, Professional Development Plans will require at least 15 Professional Development Points (PDPs) related to SEI or English as a second language and at least 15 PDPs related to training strategies for effective schooling for students with disabilities and instruction of students with diverse learning styles.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)

Candidates seeking Initial license as a teacher, specialist, or counselor are required by the state to pass Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL), a series of pass/fail tests designed to measure readiness for educator licensure. The Communication and Literacy Skills MTEL has a reading subtest and writing subtest, is required for all educator licenses, and is offered year-round as a computer-based test. Candidates can opt to take both subtests in the same test administration (4 hours), or each subtest can be taken in a separate 4-hour administration. In addition, subject matter tests are required for teaching and specialist licenses (not for counseling or Instructional Technology), and some licenses require the Foundations of Reading MTEL. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) website contains a list of required MTEL exams for each license area, as does Lesley’s MTEL Student Guide.

In recognition of the need for increased and enhanced math proficiency for teachers and students, the General Curriculum (GC) MTEL subject test includes a separately-scored mathematics subtest and a multi-subject subtest. GC is required for students in Elementary Education, Moderate Disabilities, and Severe Disabilities programs. Candidates in these license areas take an online math diagnostic; Elementary and/or Moderate Disabilities license candidates take the diagnostic in EEDUC 5012 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics, or earlier if desired. Online math diagnostic results will help determine whether students should register for an 18-hour Math General Curriculum workshop or 36-hour Math General Curriculum course.