Learn how to teach students with mild to moderate support needs.

Develop the knowledge and skills to support special education students with the online Graduate Certificate in Special Education. Our program is designed for licensed teachers who will be able to teach students with mild to moderate support needs. You’ll explore topics such as evidence-based classroom practices, legal and ethical issues, use of new technologies, effective individualized educational program (IEP) development, individualized and differentiated instruction, and culturally and developmentally responsive approaches to diverse learners. And you’ll study fully online, in a convenient online learning environment that places you alongside your peers and an experienced faculty.

Request My Info Packet


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


You’ll be prepared to teach students in a special education environment or an inclusive classroom.

Program of Study

Graduate Academic Catalog

Course Type Credits
ESPED 6136 Foundations of Special Education
ESPED 6133 Positive Behavior Support for Diverse Classrooms
ESPED 6137 Language and Communication: Development and Disorders
ESPED 6138 Instructional Planning for Students with Disabilities
ESPED 6139 Adaptations in Math and Science
ESPED 6140 Assessment for Students with Disabilities
ESPED 6141 Development and Implementation of Individualized Education Programs
ESPED 6142 Collaboration and Consultation in Special Education

Faculty Spotlight

Abby Hanscom

Adjunct Professor

Read Bio >

Pasquale Puleo

Adjunct Professor

Read Bio >


Tuition is $610 per credit hour.

*For a detailed cost breakdown please click here.

Admission Requirements

You’ll need:
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts
  • A personal statement
  • 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 (in either Early Childhood or Elementary) to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education through your Educator Licensure and Recruitment account (ELAR).

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

Licensure Details

Completion of the Special Education Online Graduate Certificate program will not provide an endorsement or teaching license through Lesley University. It is your responsibility to understand and comply with the licensure requirements for the state in which you seek to be licensed.

If you currently hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a Massachusetts initial teaching license in early childhood education or elementary education, you may be able to identify 12 credits within this program in the content or subject matter knowledge of your license to apply for a professional teaching license. It is your responsibility to review the content or subject matter knowledge of your license(s). For additional information, please visit our Certification Office’s website.

If you are interested in becoming a teacher and pursuing Massachusetts initial licensure, please contact our Office of Graduate Admissions at luadmissions@lesley.edu.

Get Started

Learn the skills needed to advance your career. Learn how!

Request Info

Apply Today

Completing your application is quick and easy.

Apply Now