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The Pike School/Lesley University School-based Internship/M.Ed. Program--Training Teachers since 1992


Comprehensive
Designed for people with little previous teaching experience, The Pike School/Lesley University School-based Internship/M.Ed. Program (Teacher Training Program), in conjunction with Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, seeks to develop reflective, visionary educators. This one year, site-based teacher training program leads to Massachusetts initial licensure and a master’s degree in elementary education.

The Pike School, founded in 1926, is an independent, coeducational day school located in Andover, Massachusetts, 20 miles north of Boston. With more than 440 students in grades Pre-K through 9, Pike is committed to challenging and supporting its students through small class size and an innovative curriculum. The Teacher Training Program is designed to mirror this student experience.

Intensive
Built on the belief that one must join practice with theory, Pike interns spend the first summer on the Lesley main campus working with the University faculty. With a strong foundation in place, this small group, consisting of six interns, comes to Pike in late August to begin the school year as fully participating members of the Pike faculty. The ten months that follow allow interns to develop their teaching skills in two different classroom placements, with the support of directing teachers, the program director and one another. Additionally, interns participate in site-based courses taught by Pike faculty and outside specialists. Coursework at Pike is supplemented by a small number of classes taken on Lesley’s campus, which continue into the second summer.

Selective
Candidates must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree program, find joy in their interactions with children, and have exhibited a commitment to working in teams. Pike encourages people of varying ages, experiences, and backgrounds to apply.

After interviewing on Pike’s campus, candidates apply directly to The Pike School Teacher Training Program using the Lesley University Admissions Application. Admission decisions are made by the Pike Admissions Committee on a rolling admission basis. The completed application and the decision are then forwarded on to the Lesley University Office of Admission with the consent of the applicant.

Supportive
As part of our commitment to diversifying and supporting the teaching corps, Pike has established two merit and several need-based grants.

The Intern Scholar Grants, two $10,000 merit-based grants, are open to men and people of color who meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a B.A. or B.S. at a four year accredited college or university with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstration of a strong commitment to children and elementary education
  • Demonstration of a commitment to multiculturalism

Lesley Collaborative Internship Program

This 10-minute video produced by Lesley University features several former and current interns. Among them is Pike School First Grade Teacher Carolyn Tobey, who has served as a mentor at Pike for many of the Program's graduates.

The Intern Scholar Grants

The Intern Scholar Grants, two $10,000 merit-based grants, are open to men and people of color who meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of a B.A. or B.S. at a four year accredited college or university with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
  • Demonstration of a strong commitment to children and elementary education
  • Demonstration of a commitment to multiculturalism
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