TAs take an active role in all aspects of campus life. Working side-by-side with dedicated mentor teachers, you will have opportunities to plan lessons and units of study, participate in parent conferences and faculty meetings, and more.

Your growth as an educator is supported through feedback from mentor teachers, weekly meetings with the Program Director, and professional development opportunities in addition to your course work.

Our goal is to provide you with tools and experience to develop your craft and confidence as a teacher and to prepare you for a career in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.

Not only does the responsibility of being a mentor teacher require our faculty to stay current with the latest educational research and methods, our TAs regularly share insights and ask questions that deepen our practice. This partnership helps us thrive as a community where everyone is a learner.

Jon Bartlett, Head of School

As a TA at Brookwood, I gained valuable classroom experience. I worked closely with teachers who willingly provided feedback and guidance on preparing and teaching lessons. The whole faculty showed a commitment to the program by offering their expertise, which made my experience a very supported and encouraging one.

Lauren Haist, Grade 3 Teacher, Brooke Charter School, Roslindale, MA

The Teacher Residency Program at Brookwood prepared me to handle all aspects of having my own classroom—from lesson plans to parent/teacher conferences. I am successful as a teacher because of the training I received.

Cara Lamontagne, Grade 1 Teacher, Marblehead, MA

The Teacher Residency Program gave me the skills and practical experience necessary to prepare me for the challenges and rewards I have faced in my various roles over the past 15 years. As an elementary school principal, I now seek candidates from programs similar to Brookwood’s. Through daily teaching and participation in rich seminar discussions and rigorous coursework, this type of environment provides opportunities to participate in all aspects of the learning process.

Michelle Costa, Principal, Bancroft Elementary School, Andover, MA

One Year of Experience in the Classroom

Over the course of the school year, apprentices will teach in two different classrooms. Within each placement, they will have the opportunity to observe, teach small and whole class lessons, work with students one-on-one, and participate in parent conferences and progress report writing. Opportunities for professional development both on and off campus are also available.

Dedicated and Supportive Mentor Teachers

Our teachers are dedicated to the success of their students and their apprentices as well. As passionate, active learners and experienced professionals, they provide a strong model from which to learn. Through regularly scheduled meetings and daily interactions, apprentices receive frequent feedback and guidance from mentor teachers.

Application Process

Those interested in the Teacher Residency Program must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates for the program should be eager and enthusiastic learners who enjoy working as part of a team and have a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging.

Candidates must complete a Lesley University Teacher Residency Application and submit a resume, two letters of reference, transcripts from any undergraduate schools attended, and a written personal statement with the application form. The Communication and Literacy MTEL test is recommended but not required prior to starting the program. For those who have taken it, proof may be provided in the application process.

Application materials will first be reviewed by Brookwood School. Accepted candidates will then have their applications reviewed by Lesley University.

Course Sequences

One year at the Brookwood School-Lesley University Teacher Residence Program will change the course of your life. And you will change the lives of countless children to come!

  • SPEND 5 days a week working and teaching in a classroom with a dedicated mentor teacher
  • ATTEND weekly meetings and gain feedback from the Program Director
  • ENJOY reduced travel: the majority of courses are held on Brookwood’s campus during the academic year
  • BENEFIT from an extensive alumni network, job search training and support

Note: Summer courses are taken at the Lesley University campus. The majority of remaining courses are taken at Brookwood School.

Early Childhood Education Course Sequence

Elementary Education Course Sequence


The tuition for the collaborative program is split between Brookwood School and Lesley University. Tuition paid to Brookwood is $6,000. (21 credits) This payment is made in two installments, the first due in the October and the second in March. Brookwood tuition covers Practicum, Seminar and all courses taken on our campus. Tuition paid to Lesley University is $840 per credit (19 credits). Additional Lesley University fees include an affiliation fee due in January that is the equivalent of one credit, as well as a $30 registration fee due each semester and a $125 graduation fee.