Lesley University

29 Everett St, Cambridge, MA 02138-2790

School Details

Lesley University strives to create an online environment that mirrors their urban Cambridge campus setting with a “student-interaction and action-oriented learning” approach that cultivates interaction among participants and between students and faculty.  The education component of the school dates back to its early days as an instructional facility to educate kindergarten teachers.  A private university founded in 1909 by Edith Lesley, Lesley University confers Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, Post-Master’s and Post-Bachelor’s Certificates in 23 states and online. Today it has expanded its educational roots to prepare teachers in early education, math, science, special education, and literacy, along with programs like counseling and psychology. The University currently enrolls over eight thousand students with approximately 75% of those students pursuing graduate degrees.  In 2011, Lesley accepted 1,836 students out of 3,428 applicants.

Lesley University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. with endorsements or accreditation for individual programs by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Interstate Certification Compact and others.  Specifically, the School of Education has affiliation with the American Association for Colleges for Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement and the Professional Development Master’s Degree program is accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council through September 2013. The Division of Counseling and Psychology is accredited by the Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology. Lesley University is authorized to offer postsecondary programs in Alabama, Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. For states not listed, Lesley recommends visiting the National Center website (http://nationalcenter.lesley.edu/component/content/article/409) to determine if your state is authorized to issue a license upon completion of a degree.

Lesley offers online certificate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs for the convenience of their students. Lesley offers six online Master’s degree programs including a Master’s of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning, and Master’s of Education degrees in Effective Teaching, Individually Designed Program for Educators, Educational Technology, Mathematics in Education, and a Science in Education.  Online Certificate programs focus on Autism, Teaching Online, Mathematics in Education, Science in Education, Instructional Technology, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Special Education, and Internet & Society and Emergent Technologies. The University also offers online Bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Psychology.  Programs and schedules vary according to each degree.  For instance, students participating in the Master’s of Ecological Teaching and Learning Program can expect to complete five-sequenced semesters including two summer sessions of field work.

Applicants for online Bachelor’s degree programs must submit an application and fee, transcripts, a personal statement and resume. Master’s degree and higher program requirements vary according to desired program.  Most include an application and fee, along with college transcripts, letters of recommendations, personal statements, proof of certifications and licenses along with a personal interview. Once accepted, students will find easy access to help and databases through myLesley, the school’s online portal. Courses are asynchronous with discussion threads and group projects that apply to real-world situations.

Tuition rates for online Bachelor’s degrees are $410 per credit hour, not including fees and $550 for online Master’s degrees excluding fees. Grants, loans, and additional forms of financial aid are available for eligible students including the Federal Pell Grant for need-based students, along with all Stafford Loans and the Federal Parent Loan (Parent PLUS), and Graduate PLUS Loans. State grants and private scholarships are also available and Lesley participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for Veterans. The University also supports the William D. Ford Direct Loan Program. Questions about financial aid can be directed via email or phone to the Financial Aid office.


Students desiring teacher licensure must check individual states for approval.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctorate degree
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    Students desiring teacher licensure must check individual states for approval.

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