Program Overview

The IDPE program allows educators to design a set of courses that best fits their professional and/or personal needs. The wide range of courses from which students can choose allows them the freedom to create unique and individualized tracks. Students can either focus on one area, create an interdisciplinary track that covers courses in a variety of subjects, or can focus on one of the program’s already established certification tracks.

Program participants must take 33 credits of classes to earn their degree. Of these, only six credits (or two classes) are required. Those classes are Classroom and School Inquiry and Action Research and Seminar. The remaining 27 credits are considered electives and allow students to choose their own courses. All students work with an advisor during their first semester to plan out a tentative course “roadmap” to degree completion.

While the university does allow a great amount of freedom within this program, they also provide some structure with a few certification tracks. These tracks include Mathematics in Education, Science in Education, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Special Education, and more. These four listed above can lead to endorsement in these content areas in other states, but it remains the student’s responsibility to follow through with whatever certification procedures might exist.

Lesley’s IDPE program can be completed completely online, but students local to the Boston area may also take courses in the classroom should they choose. Students who might have further questions about the program and other track options are encouraged to contact program faculty.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education


    Undergraduate Degree

    School Overview

    A private university founded in 1909 by Edith Lesley, Lesley University confers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificates in 23 states and online. The education component of the school dates back to its early days as an instructional facility to educate kindergarten teachers. 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.

    Lesley offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a fully online format from the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences primarily. 


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