Program Overview

The purpose of Lesley’s AC program is to help persons gain a deeper understanding of autism spectrum disorders and to learn strategies to improve their success in a variety of settings. The program is designed for parents as well as a variety of professionals in education roles, such as administrators, classroom teachers, and specialists. The program uses up-to-date research to teach strategies that have been proven to help students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) succeed.

Program participants are required to complete five courses to earn their certificate. All courses in the AC program are required. Class offerings include Understanding the Autism Spectrum, Academic and Functional Supports, Improving Communication Skills, Promoting Generalization of Positive Behavior, and Advocacy and Collaboration.  All courses can be completed online, although, in addition to the online component, certain courses will require a field-learning experience. A bachelor’s degree is the only prerequisite for this program.

Additionally, the AC certificate program can be used toward Lesley’s Individually Designed Master’s in Education degree. Students who wish transfer use these certification credits towards their M. Ed degree must additionally apply for admittance into that program.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    The Division of Counseling and Psychology is accredited by the Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology (C.A.M.P.P.) and offers Massachusetts certification in school guidance counseling.


    Bachelor's degree

    School Overview

    A private university founded in 1909 by Edith Lesley, Lesley University confers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificates in 23 states and online. The education component of the school dates back to its early days as an instructional facility to educate kindergarten teachers. Today it has expanded its educational roots to prepare teachers in early education, math, science, special education, and literacy, along with programs like counseling and psychology.

    Lesley offers bachelor's and master's degrees in a fully online format from the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences primarily. 


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