The Fifth Year Option

The Fifth Year Option at Lasell College allows undergraduate students with high academic standing to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in as little as five years.

Students may qualify to pursue a Master of Education in Elementary Education (M.Ed Elementary), a Master of Education in Moderate Disabilities (M.Ed. Moderate Disabilities) a Master of Science in Communication (MSC), Master of Science in Management (MSM), or a Master of Science in Sport Management (MSSM) with approximately one additional year of study.

Students who wish to pursue the 5th Year Option must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater and inform their advisor during their freshman or sophomore year by completing the Fifth Year Option Declaration of Interest form.

Planning is essential to success in this program. In addition to the opportunity to complete one or two blended semesters, students may be eligible to waive two courses (6 credits) required in the core curriculum of the MSC, MSM, MSSM, or M.Ed. Students should select courses in close consultation with both their advisor and Chair of the relevant academic department. Program choice and course load may affect time to master's degree completion.

During each blended semester, students complete their undergraduate degree requirements and simultaneously enroll in one graduate course (3 credits) that will count toward their master's degree. Students must earn a grade of B (3.0 GPA) in their graduate classes. (Note: Graduate course credits cannot be applied toward the fulfillment of the student's 120 undergraduate degree credit requirement.)

In a blended semester, students are required to take a minimum of 12 under- graduate credits and one graduate course. In each blended semester, students are not permitted to enroll in more than 18 credits.

Senior students registering for their blended semester(s) need to complete a Graduate Course Eligibility form during pre-registration for their first semester senior year. This form is necessary for the Registrar's Office to determine student eligibility.

In the final semester of the senior year, Fifth Year Option students will submit an Application for Graduate Admission along with one letter of recommendation and a one page personal statement. The application fee is waived.

Students seeking further information regarding the Fifth Year Option should contact:

Lasell College, Office of Graduate Admission
1844 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02466

Master of Education

As described below, through completion of either set majors, minors, or various course combinations, and participation in the blended semester, students can earn as many as 12 credits towards the required 36 credits to earn the M.Ed. Many of the undergraduate courses listed have prerequisites. For complete information on master’s degrees, please refer to the graduate section of this catalog.

Education Majors:
Students who complete these undergraduate majors and their bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average (GPA) can request a waiver of six (6) credits from the Graduate Admission Office. (Note, students must complete these courses with a grade of B or higher.)

Other Undergraduate Majors:
Any Lasell student who successfully completes (with a grade of B or higher) the course combinations listed below can request a waiver of six (6) credits from the Graduate Admission Office. Students must also carry a minimum 3.00 GPA.

Undergraduate Courses

M.Ed. Waiver Course

ED 211 Identifying Special Needs Learners
AND ED 326 Inclusive Education

SPED 721 Inclusive Education

ED 206 Early Literacy Teaching & Learning
AND ED 208 Elem Literacy Teaching & Learning

ED 712 Literacy Instruction: Elementary

ED 328 Teaching & Applying Mathematics: 1-6 & Curriculum
AND Three Math Courses (Note choice in #2) as follows:
1. MATH 304 Mathematics for Educators
2. MATH 104 Intermediate Algebra or MATH 205 Calculus I
3. MATH 107 College Geometry

ED 720 Mathematics Concepts

ED 329 Science Concepts & Curriculum:
1-6 (4 credit minimum) AND one of the following:
1. SCI 103 Science for Educators I
2. SCI 104 Science for Educators II
3. ED 307 Technology in Education

ED 721 Science & Technology Concepts/Curriculum

ED 418 Integrated Instruction: Elementary
AND At least 6 credits of American and World History
AND At least 3 credits of Geography and/or Economics

ED 722 Social Studies Concepts & Curriculum

Master of Science in Communication

Master of Science in Management

Master of Science in Sport Management