Teacher Training Institute


Thank you for your interest in the Teacher Training Institute at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, a collaborative internship program between BB&N and Lesley University. This unique collaboration connects theory with practice in a comprehensive manner. It includes courses and seminars held at both BB&N and Lesley University. In addition, an intern is immersed in daily, supervised teaching with experienced mentor teachers.

We believe our Teacher Training Institute offers a superb way to train teachers whether you are in the beginning stages of the profession or are currently a certified teacher. This 12-to-15-month site-based residency leads to a Massachusetts Initial Licensure and a Master’s degree in Education.

“I can’t imagine a more effective, nurturing, and safe environment to challenge yourself, take risks, and prepare yourself to have your own classroom.”
- Ben Goldhaber '08

Program Descriptions

BB&N offers four programs of study each leading to full Massachusetts licensure and a Master’s in Education:

  • Early Childhood: Pre K-Grade 2
  • Elementary Education: Grades 1-6
  • Moderate Disabilities: Pre K – Grade 8
  • Moderate Disabilities: Grades 5- 12 (The Moderate Disabilities programs are in collaboration with The Carroll School in Lincoln, Mass.)
Students are fully immersed in the classroom under the tutelage of an experienced master teacher, who is responsible for a grade or specific subject. By the end of the academic year, teachers-in-training have taught in virtually all homeroom disciplines (language arts, math, and social studies) and in two separate grade placements. They have also participated in curriculum design, created professional portfolios, joined in parent conferences and back to school nights, and written student assessments.

Graduates of the BB&N Teacher Training Institute teach in independent, charter and public school settings and are eligible for teacher licensure in approximately 40 states. They have excellent job placements upon graduation.

“My mentor teachers – all three of them – exceeded my expectations. They are tremendously knowledgeable and have exceptional presence and poise in the classroom.”
- Maura Pritchard '06

How To Apply

BB&N invites you to apply to the Teacher Training Institute. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited college or university, some prior experience working with children, and a commitment to working in teams. The connections between the faculty and students are at the heart of the school. Thus, we ask members of the community to be engaged learners, compassionate individuals, and productive citizens who live the school’s motto: “Honor, Scholarship, Kindness.”

Application Requirements:
  1. Resume
  2. Lesley University application with personal statement
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  4. Two letters of reference
  5. Application fee to BB&N - $40.00
  6. Interview at BB&N
A completed application includes a resume, a Lesley University PAPER application which can be downloaded here, a personal statement, official transcripts, two letters of recommendations, and a $40.00 application fee payable to Buckingham Browne & Nichols. ALL THIS INFORMATION SHOULD BE SENT DIRECTLY TO BEVERLY MALONE, BUCKINGHAM BROWNE & NICHOLS LOWER SCHOOL, 10 BUCKINGHAM STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02138.

In addition, a personal, on-campus interview at BB&N’s Lower School is required. You may schedule this interview at your convenience by calling Beverly Malone at 617-800-2466 or email at bmalone@bbns.org.

Buckingham Browne & Nichols does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or ancestry, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, or any non-job related physical or mental disability. We welcome candidates who will increase our diversity.

If accepted at BB&N, the student’s application materials are forwarded to the Lesley University Admissions Committee. Once a student is accepted by both institutions, a formal letter of admittance is issued.

If a candidate is considering financial aid or grants, Lesley University suggests you apply at the same time you submit your application. Please contact the Lesley University Financial Aid Office directly.


Tuition for the Teacher Training Institute is divided between institutions:
BB&N: Tuition is $6,000. This is paid directly to BB&N and includes Practicum, seminar and four additional courses for a total of 18 graduate credits. One half is due October 1 and the remaining half is due February 1. Please note: If enrolled in a Moderate Disabilities program, the tuition is reduced due to the fact that students have their practicum at The Carroll School.
Lesley University: Tuition is $975/credit. Students take 19 credits during the 12 or 15-month program at Lesley University.

Financial Aid

Buckingham Browne & Nichols has a scholarship covering part or all of the BB&N tuition for under-represented people in early childhood and elementary education. The school is also able at times, to cover the cost of one or more courses at Lesley University. Contact the program’s director, Beverly Malone, for more information.

Contact Information

Beverly Schmitt Malone, Director
Teacher Training Institute
Buckingham Browne & Nichols
10 Buckingham Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-800-2466
Fax: 617-492-2729

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