2017 - 2018 Academic Catalog

Master of Education

Lasell's Master of Education program offers both Initial and Professional Licensure. View program options:

Professional Licensure

Initial Licensure

Practicum Requirement for Initial Licensure for the Master of Education
The Practicum requirement for initial licensure includes a weekly seminar to discuss issues such as planning, teaching, collaboration, and moral and ethical aspects of teaching. Students engaging in their practicum experience must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Pass all required MTEL exams
  • Hold a cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have completed at least 27 credits in the graduate education program

In addition, the specific requirements for the Practicum for Initial Licensure in Moderate Disabilities and Elementary Education are as follows:

Moderate Disabilities
The Practicum for students pursuing initial licensure in moderate disabilities (grades pre-kindergarten - 8) provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching in two different classrooms under the supervision of qualified professionals. These may be full time in an inclusive general education classroom or 75 hours in an inclusive general education classroom and 225 hours in a classroom for students with moderate disabilities.

Elementary Education
The Practicum for students pursuing initial licensure in elementary education (grades 1 - 6) provides a minimum of 300 hours of student teaching experience in an elementary classroom under the supervision of a qualified professional.

Graduate and Professional Studies, in collaboration with the Education Department, has established the following Goals and Outcomes for the Master's in Education degree.  The program is structured to support students to achieve these goals and outcomes by the time they complete the program. 

Goal 1: Effective Teaching that Supports All Learners
Upon completion of the major program of study in Education, students will be able to

  1. Write an effective lesson plan that supports learner variability and  learners' diverse needs (e.g., hearing or vision needs, learning styles, persons from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds)
  2. Deliver effective instruction
  3. Develop a series (three or more) of connected lessons that provide opportunities for all students to demonstrate academic ability

Goal 2: Critical Reflection
Upon completion of the major program of study in Education, students will be able to

  1. Use skills of critical reflection to evaluate and modify their own teaching
  2. Critique the teaching of others, both peers and experienced teachers
  3. Plan and implement their own professional development based on their critical reflections

  Goal 3: Practice-Focused Research
Upon completion of the major program of study in Education, students will be able to  

  1. Identify questions and issues in teaching and learning
  2. Investigate questions through analyzing current research and designing and conducting original research
  3. Communicate outcomes of original research and apply findings to improve teaching and learning

Goal 4: Leadership
Upon completion of the major program of study in Education, students will be able to

  1. Collaborate with other school-based professionals (e.g., teaching peers and staff in special education, bilingual, and ELL programs) and assume leadership roles in supporting teaching and learning
  2. Collaborate with parents/ care-givers and community-based groups, including service agencies, advocacy groups, and governing bodies (e.g., school committee)
  3. Develop, facilitate, and participate in professional development