2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog

Licensure Only: Elementary Education (1-6) 34 credits

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

This 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 participants to work with children in 21st century schools, as well as to meet Massachusetts state regulations for teacher licensure. Appropriate for students with undergraduate degrees, 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, pre-practicum experience, a pre-practicum course, and a full-semester practicum experience. 

  • Program prerequisites: Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university; 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 & Learning: Psycho-social Perspectives in Education in their first semester of study).
  • Courses required for completion of this program may be waived based on previous coursework or past experience. Courses waived will reduce the total number of program credits (minimum total credits: 18).

Program of Study

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


EMATH 6108Constructing Mathematical Understanding for Number Theory


EINSE 5037Strategies for Inclusive Schooling


Phase II (7 credits):

EECLD 6115Sheltered English Instruction (PreK-6)


EEDUC 6635Theory and Practice: A Contemporary Context for Teaching


EECLD 6115 may be waived with documented state approved Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) endorsement, which would reduce total number of program credits by four (4).

Phase III (9 credits):

EEDUC 6173Literacy in the Disciplines (1-6)


EEDUC 5135STEAM in the Elementary School: Thinking with Evidence


EEDUC 5136Integrating Social Studies into the Elementary Classroom


Phase IV (6 credits):

Prerequisites: Completion of a 100 hour pre-practicum experience and all practicum documentation (including applicable MTEL score reports); practicum application submitted by April 1 for Fall or November 1 for Spring; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; completion of all pre-practicum courses with no outstanding incomplete or failing grades. This full time, semester-long experience requires an accompanying seminar course and includes a field experience fee and 6 credits of tuition. Field Placement Office must approve all practicum placements. 

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