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Lesley University's Teacher Residency Programs

City Year is proud to partner with Lesley University’s Early Childhood and Elementary Education Teacher Residency Programs, so our alums can continue to make a difference in classrooms and the lives of students.

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Lesley University’s Teacher Residency Programs offer City Year alums

Teaching residencies

Lesley University offers early childhood, elementary, and middle/high school Teacher Residency Programs. The importance of equity and social justice is woven throughout your study.

You’ll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they’re the most prepared for the classroom. Teaching residents also receive the following benefits:

  • 25% tuition discount. This tuition discount applies only to total tuition costs that have not already been discounted by other Lesley partners. Please check with the Graduate Admissions Office to confirm the tuition structure for your program. This tuition discount is open to City Year applicants who have been accepted into one of Lesley’s on-campus or low-residency graduate programs.
  • District instructors mentored by Lesley core faculty to support your student teaching success
  • ESL licensure competencies and courses integrated with elementary course instruction
  • Clinically based assignments for all courses taught at Lesley and the district site. Courses dedicated to participants
  • Use of assessment data to measure student achievement and inform teaching
  • Additional field experiences available in schools such as substitute teaching, tutoring, or summer programs, etc.
  • Course sequence that provides optimal MTEL test preparation
  • Potential eligibility for the Massachusetts Teach Grant:
    • This grant is for candidates training in a high need field, which includes ESL, and planning to teach in a high-need school, often urban. Students need to teach in a high-need school for 4 years in an 8 year period for the grant to not convert to a loan. One can apply for $4,000 per year. The grant period runs from September to August, and you must apply while your courses are still running. One could apply for another $4,000 for the following year.
    • This will only work for a student who has (adds) the ESL license and teaches in an early childhood, elementary, middle school or high school ESL, sheltered immersion, or bilingual classroom where the ESL license is required. A regular classroom with a few ELLs would not qualify as a placement for this grant’s purpose. Also, the position would have to be in one of the listed schools. If one does not teach in the above context, the grant will convert to an unsubsidized Stafford Loan.
    • The full description of the grant can be found on the Lesley financial aid web site. The application is a simple form and can be turned in to the financial aid office. It could take several weeks to process, so students should apply as soon as they are accepted into this Teacher Residency Program. One will see that these programs are listed on the site as an eligible program:

Why City Year loves Lesley University’s early childhood and elementary education Teacher Residency Programs

Lesley University combines an intensely creative environment with the practical experience students need to succeed in their careers. Each year, 2,500 undergraduate and 5,300 graduate students pursue degrees on campus, off-site, online and through low-residency programs. Along with Lesley University’s 84,000 alums, students are discovering the power of creativity to overcome obstacles, foster connections and reveal fresh answers to the world’s problems.

The Lesley University Early Childhood, Elementary, and Middle School/High School MEd degree programs prepare teachers to be effective in classrooms in urban settings with large numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) students. These accelerated, full-time programs include one summer and a year-long, school-based internship during which time participants will also complete classes at Lesley as well as at their urban school site. Depending upon the needs of the district partner, paid tutoring, substitute teaching, or classroom aide positions may be available. Individuals who complete the program and pass state tests will be endorsed for a Massachusetts Initial License in early childhood, elementary, or middle/high school and be prepared to add the ESL license.

The City Year experience is a strong indicator of future success in Lesley University’s programs, and serving with City Year strengthens a candidate’s application and chances for being selected as a teaching resident.

To apply

Visit the teaching residencies’ application page to apply.

Please compare the start date for Lesley University with your City Year AmeriCorps graduation date. AmeriCorps members who graduate on June 1 or later may need special accommodations to complete their service term early or to begin Lesley late. Please speak to a Lesley admissions staff member and your program director about this conflict and options you may explore to commit to both your service with City Year and your participation in Lesley University’s teaching residency.

To identify your City Year affiliation

Please contact Stephanie Correia, associate director of graduate admissions, at to identify yourself as a City Year applicant.

City Year AmeriCorps members and alums should also highlight your City Year experience on your résumés as part of the application materials.

For more information

Please contact Stephanie Correia at (617) 349-8473 or with any questions. Schedule time with Stephanie here.

Please note that all admissions decisions are made by Lesley University. AmeriCorps members and alums interested in the residency program must complete the full application process.

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