Overview & Career Outcomes
Lasell's M.Ed. in Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) provides the foundation and professional qualifications to lead a dynamic, inclusive, and engaging elementary classroom. Gain professional licensure to begin or enhance your career as an elementary-level educator.
In-depth, flexible format
- 39 credits of coursework: 18 credits in required courses, 21 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 is designed for working professionals held online and complemented by 3 pre-determined on-campus meetings from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
- 8-week modules are flexible, convenient, and affordable
- Students have 24/7 access to their courses
A community of learners
Our faculty are experts in elementary education who are well-versed in current trends and practices, engaged in meaningful research, and regularly present 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 allows students to design and execute an in-depth study on a topic of interest. This unparalleled opportunity will help prepare you to be a change agent in the classroom and a leader in elementary education.
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.
Some school districts where our M.Ed. graduates have job placements:
- North Reading
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
At Lasell, our M.Ed. in Elementary Education curriculum provides 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 throughout the spring or fall semester.
The Initial Licensure track curriculum is 39 credits broken down as follows:
- 18 credits in required core courses
- 21 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.
Pre-practicum is a 3-credit course (ED 797) taken before practicum (full-time student teaching). Students who are seeking Elementary or Moderate Disabilities licensure are required to complete ED 797: Pre-Practicum as part of their Master's Program. Students who hold an active MA teaching licensure at any level (provisional, initial, or professional) do not have to meet this requirement. Students without licensure who have at least three years of experience in public schools and evidence that they have been assessed at least two times by a licensed professional using the Professional Standards for Teachers (PSTs) may also waive ED 797. Please connect with the Graduate Program Advisor or Education Program Coordinator for more information.
This course considers research, principles, and strategies for effective instruction and classroom organization, particularly in the context of supporting diverse learners and teaching in diverse settings. Topics include differentiated instruction, curriculum planning and resources, formal and informal assessments of student progress, modifications appropriate to meet linguistic and cultural differences, and accommodations for special needs learners. Requires classroom observations at multiple locations.
This course explores literacy learning and teaching in grades 1 – 6. Topics include the role of phonemic awareness, phonics, and word analysis in reading and writing; the relationship among vocabulary development, comprehension, and fluency; formal and informal assessments to measure literacy development and guide classroom instruction; and effective instructional strategies and materials to support elementary learners in reading and writing. Includes focus on differentiating instruction for readers and writers with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The content in this course aligns with the Foundations of Reading – Massachusetts Teacher Education Licensure (MTEL 90) test. Requires a pre-practicum.
This course examines formal and informal assessments of reading difficulties, especially those currently in use, and their analysis, interpretation, and application to classroom instruction and placement. Students explore strategies, materials, and modifications appropriate for classroom teachers, as well as specialized programs. The content in this course aligns with the Foundations of Reading – Massachusetts Teacher Education Licensure (MTEL 90) test. Requires classroom observations. Prerequisite: ED 712.
This course provides a grounding in current theory and practice related to teaching English Language Learners. In particular, students learn to effectively shelter their content instruction, so that ELL students can access curriculum, achieve academic success, and contribute their multilingual and multicultural resources as participants and future leaders in the 21st century global economy. Course includes a pre-practicum in license-appropriate classrooms. Prerequisite: ED 713 or Department permission. As required by the state this course is 90% in face-to-face.
This course explores major paradigms of educational research, including concepts, methods, and terminology related to each. Students read, analyze, and discuss both seminal and current research in relevant areas; study trends in educational research; and apply findings to their own practice by designing a classroom-based research project with CPHS approval. Prerequisite: completion of at least 21 credits in the graduate education program. Requires presenting proposal in symposium setting
This course focuses on conducting, refining, completing, analyzing, reporting, and presenting the research project designed in ED 771 in research paper format and presentation. Requires presenting findings in symposium setting. Prerequisite: ED 771.
This course explores central areas of mathematics in the elementary classroom, as well teaching strategies and methods appropriate for learners at various stages of understanding. Topics include number and operations; functions and algebra; geometry and measurement; statistics and probability; and problem solving. The content in this course aligns with the General Curriculum Math – Massachusetts Teacher Education Licensure (MTEL 03) subtest. Requires classroom teaching.
This course provides understanding of essential concepts in the physical and life sciences, including technology and environmental science. Reviews standards for teaching and learning science and technology, as well exploring area resources for teachers and elementary students. Integrates technology appropriate for elementary classrooms. The content in this course aligns with parts of the General Curriculum multi-subject – Massachusetts Teacher Education Licensure (MTEL 190) subtest.
This course provides understanding and critical examination of major events and eras in American and world history through varied perspectives. Includes strategies for integrating social studies and other content areas, including literacy and arts. Students explore local resources for teaching social studies and become familiar with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. The content in this course aligns with parts of the General Curriculum multi-subject – Massachusetts Teacher Education Licensure (MTEL 190) subtest.
This course 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 full-term semester Fall or Spring. Includes a seminar to discuss issues such as management, planning, professional development, and moral and ethical aspects of teaching. In addition students will complete the Comprehensive Assessment of Performance (CAP) required as part of an approved program with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Prerequisites: Pass all required MTEL; cumulative minimum GPA of 3.0; complete at least 27 credits in the graduate education program; required pre-practicum experiences.
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:
- Online application
- Official transcripts of all college-level coursework*
- A one-page personal statement describing your goals, strengths, and potential for achievement in graduate school
- MTEL Communication & Literacy reading and writing subtests (Information on the MTEL is available here.)**
* 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 conditionally admitted prior to completing the MTEL Communication & Literacy subtests, but the Communication & Literacy subtests must be completed before registering for more than 6 credits.
This program is not F-1 eligible and not available to International Students.
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 and helps students with tutoring for MTEL test preparation:
- 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.