Lesley University – Graduate Certificate in Teaching Students with Autism

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Designed to improve and elevate educator knowledge and expertise about teaching autistic students PreK- through transition to adulthood, this 15-credit program is based on both current research and information from the autistic self-advocacy community. The program is also designed to align with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Autism Endorsement.

Participants complete 5 graduate courses (15 credits), including a field experience and seminar. The program can be completed in a calendar year. Students have a range of opportunities during the program, such as observing and participating at partner sites and participating in the program’s annual autism symposium and art exhibition, which exclusively features the work of professional autistic artists.

Please note: identity first language is used here per the recommendation of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

Application Information Successful candidates hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Those seeking a Massachusetts Autism Endorsement must hold a MA Initial or Professional license as: Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities; Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities; Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing; or Teacher of the Visually Impaired. Applicants who do not hold one of the required licenses may apply, depending on background.

Application Requirements

• Complete application (available online)

• Resume

• Copy of Massachusetts license (if applicable)

• 1-2 page written statement

• Official undergraduate transcripts

• Professional recommendation (optional)

Once your application is complete, you will be invited to participate in an interview.

PROGRAM COURSES Course Number

Title

Credits

ESPED 6018

Physiology and Foundations: Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

ESPED 6017

Socialization and Communication Supports: Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

ESPED 6016

Understanding Complex Behavior: Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

ESPED 6010

Assessment and Curriculum Planning: Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

ESPED 6015

Collaboration, Advocacy, and Ethics: Autism Spectrum Disorder

3

TOTAL CREDITS

                                                                                                                           15

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