Hello, my name is Rita Gordon. I am the Director of the Elementary Education program at the Graduate School of Education. It is in this capacity that I extend a welcome on behalf of a dynamic and ever-growing community of learners here in Cambridge. All across the state of Massachusetts and beyond, in school districts near and far, Lesley graduates are offering children in all grades enhanced opportunities for learning as a result of the competence, creativity and commitment these teachers have developed during their program here at Lesley. The term Lesley teacher is one that will mark you as both a lifelong learner and a leader in your field.
From the outset, you will encounter professors and instructors who will help you focus on the many areas in schooling where theory meets practice. For example, one of our students, working as a teacher's aide in a third grade classroom, reported that he was able to offer the teacher in the classroom a simple and practical strategy for assessing prior knowledge before inputting critical instruction. During this class, he had learned how to use a give one get one, where the students recorded five things they knew regarding a topic, and then worked cooperatively with other students in the class to complete a list of 10. The student said that it was amazing. It worked with grad students in his class, and it worked in the third grade.
Our faculty is comprised of scholar practitioners who have a proven track record of informing and inspiring tomorrow's educators. The elementary program invites teacher candidates into a world of opportunity and innovation, preparing the teachers of tomorrow to engage and flourish in the fast paced and constantly changing field of elementary education.
From the introductory courses, through the subject specific pedagogy classes, students gain the confidence, skills and dispositions that, for over 100 years, have set Lesley University graduates apart as dedicated professionals who continually make schools across the state and across the country better places for children to learn and grow.
Teachers play a crucial role in developing our leaders of tomorrow, sharing a joy of learning and inspiring innovation. We connect theory and practice in the early field experience and as teacher candidates opportunities for rehearsal and practice. Lesley educates teacher candidates using integrated approaches aligned to the Common Core state standards. Lesley is committed to inclusive, interdisciplinary and culturally responsive teaching to help students gain knowledge and experience, become critical thinkers and to be problem solvers. Lesley develops teachers for 21st century schools, who are reflective practitioners, teach with research based practices and current technologies, support students with diverse skills and backgrounds, establish meaningful relationships within and across communities. Join our community of learners.
Elementary programs have an emphasis on math and literacy skills, educational equity and inclusion, on-going attention to educational research, assessment for learning, interdisciplinary practices, integration of technology and the arts, and engagement of elementary students. The elementary initial license program offerings are either a program of study to obtain the Master in Education in Elementary, grades 1 to 6 or a Master in Education in Elementary 1 to 6 with Add license preparation for English as a second language, Pre K-6 license.
Elementary program models are either full time, 12 months in our teacher residency programs, or full and part time with the on campus program. Courses are offered weekday, weekend or online. Elementary Education Urban Initiative, the EEUI, Teacher Residency Program has teacher residencies in urban, SEI and bilingual classrooms with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Courses are taught on the Lesley campus by Lesley faculty on site at a district school and online. It's an accelerated 12 month residency program based on 40 credits beginning in June with a 24 month option. The licensure is an elementary 1 to 6 with Add licensed ESL, Pre K-6.
District school partnerships are located in Somerville, Medford, Malden, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. There is tuition reduction for courses taken at district school sites. The Collaborative Teacher Residency Program is an intensive program of full time graduate coursework offered concurrently with full time classroom internships. The program begins in June. The interns follow a specific sequence of courses. Interns take courses at both the teacher residency school and on campus in Cambridge. Independent school partnerships are located in Andover, Belmont, Cambridge, and Manchester, Massachusetts. There is tuition reduction for courses taken at the partnership schools.
You can make a difference. Become an elementary educator. If you have questions, please contact me. My email is email@example.com. Thank you and I look forward to meeting with you.