Overview

Lasell's M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) provides the foundation and professional qualifications needed to lead a dynamic, inclusive, and engaging elementary classroom.  Gain professional licensure to begin or enhance your career as an elementary-level educator.

An in-depth, flexible format

  • 36 credits of coursework: 18 credits in required courses, 18 credits in licensure requirements
  • 300 hours (minimum) of student teaching experience in an elementary classroom
  • Classes run in 8-week sessions.
  • Assignments for each course are online and complemented by 3 pre-determined on-campus meetings.

A community of learners 
Our faculty is made up of experts in elementary education who are well versed in current trends and practices, engaged in meaningful research, and present regularly at conferences. Lasell professors are invested in forging real relationships and consistently go the extra mile to counsel and mentor their students.

Valuable professional experiences
Put your learning into practice through an immersive practicum: a research project that provides students the opportunity to design and execute an in-depth study on a topic of interest. This unparalleled opportunity will help to prepare you to be a change agent in the classroom and a leader in the field of elementary education.  

Rewarding careers
Whether you're thinking of beginning a career as an elementary educator or are already working in a classroom and hope to become the teacher of record, Lasell's Master of Education in Elementary Education program will provide rich professional experience and the required licensure to position you to effect real change in the lives of students.  

Note: Your program may lead to professional licensure which is valid in the state of Massachusetts. Licensure may be valid in other states but may require additional steps and cannot be guaranteed. To learn more about other state licensure reciprocity please visit the NC SARA Professional Licensure Directory 

Curriculum

At Lasell, our curriculum provides you with the foundation of elementary education, research, evaluation, and education policy and will prepare you with teaching strategies to become a highly effective licensed educator.

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 over the course of the fall-term semester spring or fall.

The Initial Licensure track curriculum is as follows:

  • 18 credits in required core courses
  • 18 credits in licensure requirements  
ED711
Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners
3 credits
ED712
Literacy Instruction: Elementary
3 credits
ED713
Reading Supports for Elementary Learners
3 credits
ED761
Sheltered English Immersion
3 credits
ED771
Understanding/Using Educational Research
3 credits
ED772
Teacher as Researcher
3 credits
ED773
Teacher as Leader
3 credits
SPED711
Learners with Special Needs
3 credits
SPED712
Curriculum & Resources in SPED
3 credits
SPED721
Inclusive Education
3 credits
SPED722
Policy, Law, & Disability
3 credits
SPED795
Practicum: Moderate Disabilities PK - 8
6 credits

Requirements

Candidates seeking admission to Lasell University's M.Ed. graduate degree programs must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate through academic background and/or work experience the ability to succeed in graduate studies. GRE/GMAT scores are not required.  

Lasell's M.Ed. programs are only offered part-time to domestic students.

Admission Requirements Checklist:

  1. Online application
  2. Official transcripts of all college-level coursework*
  3. MTEL Communication & Literacy reading and writing subtests (Information on the MTEL is available here.)**
  4. A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
  5. Resume

*Recommended minimum GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate coursework. You may complete up to 6 credits as a non-matriculated student while you work toward these requirements, but will not be allowed to register for more than 6 credits.
**Students may be accepted on probation prior to completing the 
MTEL Communication & Literacy subtests, but the Communication & Literacy subtests must be completed before registering for more than 6 credits. 

Materials should be addressed to:

The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466

Additional program requirements:

Coursework
You must complete a course in child or human development by the completion of 18 credits in the M.Ed. program.

Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL)
As an approved Massachusetts teacher licensure program, Lasell incorporates requirements for passing required sections of the MTEL:

  • Communication & Literacy, Reading Subtest - by the completion of six graduate credits
  • Communication & Literacy, Writing Subtest - by the completion of six graduate credits
  • Foundations of Reading*
  • General Curriculum: Multi-subject*
  • General Curriculum: Math*

*These tests may be completed in any order, however, two of which must be passed by the completion of  18 graduate credits. The third MTEL exam must be passed by the completion of 27 graduate credits.