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.

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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

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

Richard Cass

Adjunct Professor

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Gail Cahill

Assistant Professor

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Tuition is $625 per credit hour.

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. 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.

Licensure Details

Completion of the Autism 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 special education for moderate or severe disabilities, 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

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