Realize your own potential while helping students with autism reach theirs.
At Lesley, we prepare educators who are strong advocates for their students, and who will teach them using a social justice and equity lens to inform their work.
For PreK-12 teachers who work with students with autism, this program aligns with the Massachusetts autism endorsement. With the appropriate prerequisite license, you can take this program for the autism endorsement. If you do not need the endorsement and have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, you can take the program as a certificate.
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. You'll immerse yourself in fieldwork in a field experience and seminar course, and end with a course in collaboration and ethics.
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.
Not only will you engage in the kind of self-reflection that will lead you to become a more compassionate educator, you'll work with faculty to construct new knowledge. 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.
Come study with dedicated faculty at the place that educates more teachers than any other in New England. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley alumni and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)