Overview & Career Outcomes

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.  Students graduate with job offers in choice classrooms.  Below is a sample of school districts where our M.Ed graduates have job placements:

Cambridge, Boston, Bedford, Dedham, Newton, Waltham, Arlington, Framingham, Reading, Quincy, Sandwich, Bolton, Needham, Waltham, Wellesley, Wilmington, Milton, Hamilton, Brookline, Wayland, Yarmouth, Norton, Sherborn, North Reading, Burlington, Lexington, Marshfield, Stoneham, Walpole, Avon, Wellesley, Plymouth, Medford, Needham, Chelmsford, Foxborough, Acton, & Revere 

Note: Lasell offers licensure and non-licensure degree programs in education that are designed to meet the licensure requirements 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 licensure requirements in other states, please visit the Licensure Disclosure page.

Additional ways to pay for your Master of Education initial licensure program

  • Graduate Assistantships offered - get professional experience while earning your master's and get paid a stipend
  • Guaranteed practicum placements in high-quality partner schools
  • Scholarships - Lasell offers some partial and full scholarships for M.Ed students


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. Available in both hybrid and online synchronous format options. 

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  

Get information on our Course Schedules.

Please note: If you have already taken ED761 Sheltered English Immersion, you will take ED773 Teacher as a Leader.  If you have not previously taken an SEI class, then you would take ED761 Sheltered English Immersion and not take ED773 Teacher as Leader class

Practicum: Elementary
6 credits
Social Studies Concepts & Curriculum
3 credits
Science & Technology Concepts/Curriculum
3 credits
Mathematics Concepts & Curriculum
3 credits
Curriculum & Assessment Diverse Learners
3 credits
Literacy Instruction: Elementary
3 credits
Reading Supports for Elementary Learners
3 credits
Sheltered English Immersion
3 credits
Understanding/Using Educational Research
3 credits
Teacher as Researcher
3 credits
Teacher as Leader
3 credits


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

* 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. 

International Applicants:

This program is not F-1 eligible, international applicants can only be considered for the online curriculum option.

All International applicants need to submit English equivalency from one of the following: TOEFL scores: minimum required score is 80 (iBT) or IELTS, minimum required score is 6.0; or Pearson PTE Academic minimum score is 53; or Duolingo minimum required score is 105. The English equivalency scores may be waived for international applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree at an accredited college/university in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, or Canada.

For additional requirements please visit our International Admission Requirement page.

Materials should be submitted through MyPortal or emailed to gradinfo@lasell.edu:
The Office of Graduate Enrollment
Lasell University
1844 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02466

Questions about your application? Call/text us today at 617-243-2400!

Additional program requirements:

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.