Education

Teaching Students with Autism

Graduate Certificate, off-campus program

Realize your own potential while helping students with autism reach theirs.

At Lesley, we prepare teachers who are strong advocates for their students.

Appropriate for teachers who work with students with autism, this certificate aligns with the Massachusetts autism endorsement. The program begins with a foundation course that explains the physiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It continues with courses in socialization and communication, understanding complex behaviors, curriculum planning, and assessment. A course in collaboration and ethics rounds out the program.

You’ll explore the scientific and medical theories of autism spectrum disorder, and get an overview of the law that impacts those with ASD. You’ll study social development and communication of those with autism. Learn about models that address behavior, including applied behavior analysis and positive behavior supports. Examine assessment and curriculum design, including how to review the Individualized Education Program. And investigate collaboration and communication among members of educational teams and how to include your students in decision-making.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time off-campus program

15 Credits
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Off-campus Format

Take this program off campus: Begin in January 2018 at the League School in Walpole, Massachusetts, and finish the program by the end of the year. Contact Elizabeth Stringer Keefe for information about taking this program at an off-campus site.

Outcomes
Our Teaching Students with Autism certificate program prepares you to:
Special Education
Elizabeth Stringer Keefe
Elizabeth directs the autism certificate program. Her work focuses on preparing teachers who work with students with autism, and she was an active advocate for the Massachusetts autism teacher endorsement. She's currently president of the Massachusetts Council for Exceptional Children, and a member of the board of directors of Massachusetts Autism Society of America.
Careers
Where You'll Work
Lesley students go on to rewarding careers in a range of settings throughout Massachusetts and New England, including:

Faculty

Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this certificate program.
Teaching Students with Autism
  • Tuition
    $625/credit x 15
    $9,375
  • Fees
    Registration Fee
    $100
    Materials Fee
    $50
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2017-2018 academic year.
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