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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 early childhood and elementary education Teacher Residency Programs offer City Year alums

Teaching residencies

Participants in Lesley University’s early childhood and elementary education teaching residencies will take courses covering elementary subject areas, curriculum development, literacy, English as a Second Language and teaching students with diverse needs. The importance of equity and social justice is woven throughout your study.

Teaching residents and faculty work together to co-construct new knowledge and practices. You’ll get the preparation you need to pursue an English as a Second Language teaching license on your own.

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 benefit from the following:

  • support for your student teaching success by district instructors who are mentored by Lesley core faculty
  • 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 to 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
  • eligibility for the $5,000 Graduate School of Education Scholarship, which is awarded to individuals who demonstrate a passion for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students
  • eligibility for the Massachusetts TEACH Grant

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.

Lesley University’s early childhood and elementary education master’s degree programs prepare teachers to be effective in early childhood and elementary classrooms in settings with large numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse students. These accelerated, full-time programs include one summer and a yearlong, school-based internship during which participants also complete classes at Lesley as well as at their 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 either a Massachusetts early childhood or elementary initial license and prepared to add the English as a Second Language 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 early childhood and elementary education 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.

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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