Hi, I'm Dr. Amy Rutstein-Riley, Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Thank you for visiting our website and for taking a virtual tour of our nearly 50 graduate programs in Education.
Graduate study is very exciting, and this is an opportunity to learn about who we are in GSOE. We are a rich and vibrant learning community, where our faculty center the student-teacher relationship. We treat it as a partnership as students pursue their various aspirations in the field of education. We prepare students for careers as teachers in schools in urban, and suburban and private, independent schools in grades PreK-12. We prepare educators to work as specialists in all of those settings, and we prepare teachers to become teacher leaders and school leaders. We have a variety of master's programs, certificate programs, as well as doctoral programs, and regardless of where you enter GSOE, you will find courses and programs infused with our core values. We care deeply about inclusive pedagogies, social justice, and equity, and every course that you are engaged in, you will feel all of those values steeped throughout the curriculum.
We have an incredible advising and field placement team who support our students, especially those who are working in schools, whether they're pursuing an initial license, a professional license, or an additional area of exploration to deepen their classroom practice. Our advisors work with all of our students throughout their program of study from the moment they start until graduation, and our terrific field placement team makes sure that our students are well-supported through their field-based learning in pre-practicum and practicum experiences.
If you are and have been exploring the field of education, you've probably met someone who has completed a Lesley degree. You may have had a teacher in your background or more than one teacher who was trained at Lesley, and you may be working or connected to a school or district that is being led by a Lesley graduate. In addition, many students come back for more than one graduate degree, and in our doctoral programs, which prepare students for careers as leaders, researchers, activists, you'll find many of our students already hold either an undergraduate or another graduate degree. So it's a place where people feel really connected, and our approach on lifelong learning can be felt throughout all of our programs and endeavors in the school. So I encourage you again to look around, don't hesitate to reach out and then stay connected to us. And I hope in the next couple of months, we'll have the opportunity to meet face-to-face. Again, my name is Dr. Amy Rutstein-Riley. Feel free to reach out to me, should you have any questions. Good luck on your journey.