Make a difference in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder.

Develop your understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with the online Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Allies and Advocates from Lesley University. Our program focuses on the roles and choices of family members, friends, allies, and advocates who support children with ASD. You’ll learn how to impact those with ASD with courses on advocacy, behavior, quality of life, and the criminal justice system to a call for action by allies and advocates. And you’ll study in a convenient, fully online environment with experienced faculty and engaged peers.

If you have a master’s degree from an accredited institution and hold an initial Massachusetts teaching license in special education for moderate or severe disabilities,
you may use this program to earn your professional license. To learn more about these and other licensure options, contact your enrollment counselor.

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  • Maintain your current work and personal schedule by studying online.
  • Benefit from one-on-one academic advising.


For detailed information about programmatic outcomes, please click here.

Program of Study

2015-2016 Graduate Academic Catalog

Course Type Credits
ESPED 6020 ASD: Roles of Allies and Advocates
ESPED 6021 ASD: Challenges of the Criminal Justice System
ESPED 6022 ASD: Focus on Individual Strengths — a Different View of Behavior
ESPED 6023 ASD: Quality of Life — Transition and Adulthood

Faculty Spotlight

Abby Hanscom

Adjunct Professor

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Beverley Cush Evans

Associate Professor, Director of Special Education Division

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Tuition is $610 per credit hour.

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Admission Requirements

You’ll need:
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • A personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A résumé
  • If you are pursuing a graduate certificate for professional licensure or endorsement in Massachusetts, you will need to submit your bachelor’s and master’s transcripts with a copy of your initial license. Please speak with an admissions counselor to verify which license is required for the professional license/endorsement you are seeking.

We’ll help you get started by gathering your transcripts for you — and we’ll even pay any fees to get copies for you.

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