Lesley University announces Individually Designed Master’s of Education program

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First of its kind program equips teachers toward licensure in multiple disciplines

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When a teacher is equipped and qualified to teach in multiple disciplines – Math or Science and teaching English language learners, for example – the ultimate beneficiary is the student.

Lesley University, a leader in providing teacher education programs and in order to meet the changing needs of teachers and school districts, announces the creation of the Individually Designed Masters’ of Education degree program. Working with a faculty mentor, students develop a teacher education degree study plan that meets their unique needs. In many states, participants have an opportunity to add one or more endorsements to their current teaching license, depending on their areas of interest.

“School districts are increasingly in need of teachers who are knowledgeable in multiple subject areas, able to work in classrooms that are increasingly inclusive, and with multi-lingual student populations,” said William Stokes, Dean of Lesley’s School of Education. “And everyone is concerned with effective pedagogies and better outcomes for students. Through an Individually Designed Masters’degree, students broaden their fields of expertise, and their school districts benefit from teachers who are well-prepared for the realities of today’s classrooms.”

Students will be able to choose from multiple areas of concentration including: Mathematics, Science, Instructional Technology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages/English Language Learners, Online Teaching, Autism, Special Education and Literacy. Coursework is done online, or at Lesley’s Cambridge campus through the National Center for Teachers, Counselors and School Leaders at Lesley University. The National Center is dedicated to promoting teaching excellence through teacher education programs, teacher degree programs, and creative partnerships with schools, school districts and education organizations.

“When a teacher is equipped and qualified to teach in multiple disciplines – Math or Science and teaching English language learners, for example – the ultimate beneficiary is the student,” said Stokes.

A state-by-state breakdown on how this program can benefit teachers with specific licensure requirements can be found here.

Lesley University (http://www.lesley.edu) is a 9,000-student, multi-site university for women and men, and is one of the nation's largest providers of graduate professional education opportunities to K-12 educators. Anchored by a strong liberal arts curriculum, Lesley offers undergraduate and graduate programs in education, the arts, human services and the environment at its Cambridge and Boston campuses, online, and in 150 locations in 23 states. Lesley's four schools include the School of Education, the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences, The Art Institute of Boston, and Lesley College, an undergraduate residential college. Lesley University prepares individuals for lives and careers that make a difference, and serves the evolving needs of students and a diverse society through innovative programs and pedagogy, high quality instruction, scholarship, advocacy, and outreach.

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