2015-2016 Graduate Academic Catalog

State Approvals

In addition to Massachusetts, Lesley University is authorized to offer programs in the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Carolina, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Each state’s educator licensure regulations are subject to change. Educators seeking an endorsement or addition to their current certification/license should verify with the appropriate state educator licensure authority that a program meets state requirements. Lesley University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, handicap or disability in its education programs, employment or in admissions to, access to or treatment in its programs or activities.

Alabama

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education and the State of Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education have licensed Lesley University pursuant to the Alabama Private School License Law, Code of Alabama, Title 16-46-1 through 10 to offer instruction in the following programs:

  • Autism Certificate Program
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Emerging Technologies
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Mathematics in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Online Teaching
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Science in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Online (please see the Lesley College Academic Catalog)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Online (please see the Lesley College Academic Catalog)
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Practices
  • Master of Education Individually Designed Program of Educators
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Education in Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Technology
  • PhD Educational Studies: Adult Learning Specialization

Arkansas

Lesley University has been granted initial certification of the following degree programs by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program.. Such certification merely indicates that minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations implementing institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301. Transfer of Course/Degree Credit to Other Institutions: The student should be aware that these degree programs may not transfer. The transfer of course/degree credit is determined by the receiving institution.

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Online (please see the Lesley College Academic Catalog)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Online (please see the Lesley College Academic Catalog)

California

Lesley University is exempt pursuant to California Education Code (CEC) section 94874.1, which exempts Lesley University due to its accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Colorado

Lesley University is recognized by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education under state statutes (23-1-101 et seq., C.R.S. 1973, amended 1981) to award degrees and degree credit in Colorado based on Lesley’s ongoing accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

District of Columbia

The District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission has authorized Lesley University to offer the following programs:

  • Autism Certificate Program
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Emerging Technologies
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Mathematics in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Online Teaching
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Science in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Online (please see the Lesley College Academic Catalog)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Online (please see the Lesley College Academic Catalog)
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Practices
  • Master of Education in Elementary Teacher (1-6) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8)
  • Master of Education Individually Designed Program for Educators
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Education in Science in Education
  • Master of Education in Secondary Math (7-12) and Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (6-12)

Georgia

Lesley University is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990 to offer instruction in the following programs:

  • Autism Certificate Program
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Mathematics in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Navigating our Digital World: Technology, Society, and Schools
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Online Teaching
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Science in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching through the Arts
  • Master of Education in Literacy for K-8 Classroom Teachers
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education Individually Designed Program for Educators
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Education in Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning

Idaho

Lesley University holds a Certificate of Registration certifying that it is registered, as required by law, with the Idaho State Board of Education as an accredited postsecondary institution.

Maine

Lesley University is authorized to operate in this state by the Maine State Board of Education. 

Maryland

Lesley University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission to enroll Maryland residents in Lesley’s fully online programs listed below:

  • Autism Certificate Program
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Emerging Technologies
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Mathematics in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Online Teaching
  • Advanced Professional Certificate Navigating our Digital World
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Science in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education Individually Designed Program of Educators
  • Master of Education in Mathematics in Education
  • Master of Education in Science in Education

Minnesota

Lesley University is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Montana

The Montana Board of Regents grants Lesley University authorization to offer educational services in Montana.

Nevada

The Private Postsecondary Educational Institution in the State of Nevada has authorized Lesley University to offer the following programs:

  • Autism Certificate Program
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Navigating our Digital World: Technology, Society, and Schools
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Mathematics in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Online Teaching
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Science in Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Special Education
  • Advanced Professional Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching through the Arts
  • Master of Education in Literacy for K-8 Classroom Teachers
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Practices - Elementary Education
  • Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Practices - Mathematics (K-8)
  • Master of Education Individually Designed Program of Educators
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning

New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Higher Education Commission has authorized Lesley University to offer the following programs:

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching through the Arts
  • Master of Education in Literacy for K-8 Classroom Teachers
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology

The State of New Hampshire Higher Education Commission authorizes Lesley University continuing approval to offer the above programs to any educator at any school site in the State of New Hampshire. All site locations must be approved by the Executive Director based on compliance to all regulations and requirements of the Commission.

Oregon

Lesley University is authorized by the Oregon Office of Degree Authorization to offer postsecondary degrees to Oregon residents. Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401.

South Carolina

Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1333 Main St., Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201, Tel. 803.737.2260. Licensure indicates only that minimum standards have been met; it is not an endorsement or guarantee of quality to offer the following programs by location:

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching through the Arts
  • Master of Education in Literacy for K-8 Classroom Teachers
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Education in Science in Education
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Educational Technology

Washington

Lesley University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Lesley University to offer specific degree programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Eligibility for initial educator certification in Washington is based on completion of a state approved educator preparation program. The programs listed below are approved in Massachusetts. Even though you may be residing in Washington while in one of these programs, your application for educator certification in Washington will be processed as an out-of-state application. Go to http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/outofstate for more information. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for teacher advancement.

  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching through the Arts
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Mathematics Education
  • Master of Education in Science in Education
  • Master of Science in Ecological Teaching and Learning

The programs listed below are not intended to lead to teacher certification. Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether these programs may qualify for salary advancement.

  • Master of Education in Advanced Teaching Practices
  • Master of Education Individually Designed Program for Educators
  • PhD in Educational Studies: Adult Learning Specialization

Wisconsin

The State of Wisconsin Educational Approval Board approves Lesley University to do business in Wisconsin as a private institution subject to the provisions of Wisconsin Statutes 45.54.

Wyoming

The State of Wyoming grants Lesley University authorization to offer education services in Whyoming.

Consumer Information

Should you have a grievance that was not satisfied through Lesley University's internal process (found at http://www.lesley.edu/policies/complaint-resolution), you may follow your state's consumer complaint process for higher education institutions.


Alabama

Alabama Department for Postsecondary Education

P.O. Box 302130, Montgomery, AL 36130-2130

Phone: 334.293.4500 | Fax: 334.293.4504


Alaska

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

P.O. Box 110510, Juneau, AK 99811-0510

Phone: 800.441.2962 | Fax: 907.465.5316

www.law.state.ak.us/pdf/consumer/FORM_complaint.pdf


Arkansas

Department of Higher Education

423 Main St, Suite 400

Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501.371.2000 | Email: ADHE_Info@adhe.edu

http://www.adhe.edu/sitecollectiondocuments/academicaffairsdivision/icac%20rules%20and%20regulations/appendixj.pdf


California

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

P. O. Box 980818 ~ W. Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Phone: 888.370.7589 | Fax: 916.263.1897

http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml       


Colorado

Colorado Department of Higher Education

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303.866.2723 | 303.866.4266

http://highered.colorado.gov/Academics/Complaints/default.html         


District of Columbia

Education Licensure Commission

810 First St, NE; 2nd Floor ~ Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 727-6436 | Email: osse.elcmail@dc.gov
http://osse.dc.gov/service/education-licensure-commission-elc-public-complaints


Georgia

Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC)

2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, Tucker, GA 30084-5305

Phone: 770-414-3300 | Fax: 770-414-3309

http://gnpec.org/consumer-resources/gnpec-authorized-school-complainant-form/


Idaho
State Coordinator for Private Colleges & Proprietary Schools
Idaho State Board of Education
650 West State St. ~ Boise, ID 83720-0037
Phone: 208-332-1587 | Email: valerie.fenske@osbe.idaho.gov
http://www.boardofed.idaho.gov/priv_col_univ/student_complaint.asp

Maine

Maine Department of Education ~ Attn: Complaint Investigator

23 State House Station ~ Augusta, ME 04333-0023

Phone: 207.624.6846 | Email: jonathan.braff@maine.gov

http://www.maine.gov/ag/consumer/complaints/index.shtml


Maryland

Academic Affairs - Student Complaints
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N Liberty Street, 10th Floor ~ Baltimore, MD 21207
Email: acadprop@mhec.state.md.us


Massachusetts

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108

Phone: 617.994.6913 | Email: cbell@bhe.mass.edu

http://www.mass.edu/forstudents/complaints/complaintprocess.asp


Minnesota

Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Attn: George Roedler

1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108-5227

Phone: 651-259-3975 | Email: info.ohe@state.mn.us

http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=1078


Missouri

Missouri Department of Higher Education

205 Jefferson St., PO Box 1469

Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469

Phone: 573.751.2361 | Fax: 573.751.6635

http://www.dhe.mo.gov/documents/POLICYONCOMPLAINTRESOLUTION-reviseddraft.pdf


Montana

Montana Board of Regents

Office of Commissioner of Higher Education

PO Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201

Phone: 406.444.6570

https://doj.mt.gov/consumer/


Nebraska

Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Attn: Kathleen Fimple, Academic Programs Officer
Phone: 402-471-0030 | Email: kathleen.fimple@nebraska.gov
http://nebraskalegislature.gov/laws/statutes.php?statute=85-2418


Nevada

Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

3663 East Sunset Road, Suite 202 ~ Las Vegas, Nevada  89120

Phone: 702.486.7330

http://www.cpe.state.nv.us/CPE%20Complaint%20Info.htm


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Division of Higher Education

101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301-3493

Phone: 603.271.2555 x350

http://education.nh.gov/highered/compliance-allegation.htm


New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department

2044 Galisteo St, Suite 4 ~ Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: 505.476.8442 

http://hed.state.nm.us/students/complaints.aspx


North Carolina

University of North Carolina, Board of Governors, General Administration

910 Raleigh Rd., P.O. Box 2688, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Phone: 919.962.4558 | Email: studentcomplaint@northcarolina.edu

http://www.northcarolina.edu/?q=academic-planning/licensing-institutions


Oregon

Department of Education, Private Career Schools

Attn: Shirley Arvin

Phone: (503) 947-5751 | Email: shirley.arvin@state.or.us

http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=325

South Carolina
Commission on Higher Education
Academic Affairs and Licensing
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, Columbus, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 737-2260 | Email: cbarton@che.se.gov
http://www.che.sc.gov/CHE_Docs/AcademicAffairs/License/Complaint_procedures_and_form.pdf


Utah

Utah Division of Consumer Protection

160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Phone: 801-530-6601| Email: consumerprotection@utah.gov

http://consumerprotection.utah.gov/complaints/manual.html


Washington

Washington Student Achievement Council
PO Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430
Phone: 360-753-7869 | Email: kareno@wsac.wa.gov
http://www.wsac.wa.gov/student-complaints


Wisconsin

Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

30 W. Mifflin St., 9th Floor, P.O. Box 8696, Madison, WI 53708-8696

Phone: 608.266.1996 | Email: eabmail@eab.state.wi.us

http://eab.state.wi.us/resources/complaint.asp


Wyoming

Wyoming Department of Education

2300 Capital Ave., Hathaway Bldg, 2nd Floor

Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050 

Phone: 307.777.5712

http://edu.wyoming.gov/beyond-the-classroom/school-programs/private-school-licensing/