2017-2018 Graduate Academic Catalog

State Approvals

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

Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Ohio, 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.


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:

  • Graduate Certificate in Mathematics in Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Science in Education
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Humanities
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Online (please see the Lesley University Undergraduate Catalog)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Online (please see the Lesley University Undergraduate Catalog)
  • Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Allies and Advocates
  • Graduate Certificate in Literacy for the Classroom Teacher (K-8)
  • Graduate Certificate in Developing Systematic Language and Literacy Expertise
  • Master of Education in Educational Technology
  • Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and Elementary Education Generalist (1-6)
  • 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 Language and Literacy
  • Master of Education in Management


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 University Undergraduate Catalog)
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management - Online (please see the Lesley University Undergraduate Catalog)


Lesley University is authorized by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education per Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations section 71390 to offer the MEd Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching Through the Arts program in Murrietta, CA.


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.


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.


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


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


Lesley University is registered 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.  Minnestota Office of Higher Education, 1450 Energy Park Dr, Suite 350, St. Paul, MN 55108, Tel. 651.642.0567 www.ohe.state.mn.us .


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

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

Administrative Approval:

  • Master of Arts and Graduate Certificate - Mindfulness Studies
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Expressive Therapies Specializations
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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 with all regulations and requirements of the Commission.


The Ohio Department of Education has authorized Lesley to offer the following program:

  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Expressive Therapies

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.


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


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.


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

Complaint Process for Online and Low-Residency Students

Lesley University attempts to resolve student complaints within its academic and administrative departments.  In the event that you have a complaint about a process or procedure within the University, we encourage you to submit a written complaint to online.resolution@lesley.edu.  Once received, you will be notified that the complaint is being reviewed.  The complaint will be forwarded to the appropriate academic or administrative department for review.  The University will attempt to resolve the complaint expeditiously.

Many agencies require that students exhaust the internal complaint process at their institution prior to filing a complaint with the agency.  In the event that a complaint is not resolved internally, you may wish to contact the agencies below to file a complaint:

  • The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has granted Lesley University degree-granting authority.  Information about the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education complaint process can be found on its website:  www.mass.edu
  • Lesley University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (“NEASC”) through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.  Information about the NEASC complaint process can be found on its website: www.neasc.org/   
  • The appropriate state agency in your state of residence.  A directory of state agencies and contacts is provided for your information.  This directory includes contact information for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and should not be construed as informative of which agencies regulate the institution or in which states the institution is licensed or required to be licensed.


Alabama Community College System

Attention: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Instructional and Student Services

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

Email: complaints@accs.edu



Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

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

Phone: 800.441.2962 | Fax: 907.465.5316



Department of Higher Education

423 Main St Suite 400, Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone: 501.371.2000 | Email: ADHE_Info@adhe.edu



California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education

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

Phone: 888.370.7589 | Fax: 916.263.1897



Colorado Department of Higher Education

1560 Broadway Suite 1600, Denver, CO 80202

Phone: 303.866.2723 | 303.866.4266


District of Columbia

Education Licensure Commission

810 First St NE 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202.727.6436 | Email: osse.elcmail@dc.gov



Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC)

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

Phone: 770.414.3300 | Fax: 770.414.3309



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



Maine Department of Education ~ Attn: Complaint Investigator

23 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0023

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



Academic Affairs - Student Complaints

Maryland Higher Education Commission

6 N Liberty St 10th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21207

Email: PCS.MHEC@maryland.gov



Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

One Ashburton Place Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108

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



Minnesota Office of Higher Education

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

Phone: 651.642.0567

Email: info.ohe@state.mn.us



Missouri Department of Higher Education

205 Jefferson St PO Box 1469, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1469

Phone: 573.751.2361 | Fax: 573.751.6635



Montana Board of Regents

Office of Commissioner of Higher Education

PO Box 203201, Helena, MT 59620-3201

Phone: 406.444.6570



Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education

Attn: Kathleen Fimple, Academic Programs Officer

140 N 8th St #300, Lincoln, NE 68508

Phone: 402.471.0030 | Email: kathleen.fimple@nebraska.gov



Nevada Commission on Postsecondary Education

3663 East Sunset Rd Suite 202, Las Vegas, Nevada  89120

Phone: 702.486.7330


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Division of Higher Education

101 Pleasant St, Concord, NH 03301-3493

Phone: 603.271.2555 x350


New Mexico

New Mexico Higher Education Department

2044 Galisteo St Suite 4, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Phone: 505.476.8442 


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



Department of Education, Private Career Schools

255 Capitol St NE, Salem, OR 97310-0203

Phone: 503.947.5751 | Email: shirley.arvin@state.or.us


South Carolina

Commission on Higher Education

Academic Affairs and Licensing

1122 Lady St Suite 300, Columbus, SC 29201

Phone: 803.737.2260 | Email: cbarton@che.se.gov



Utah Division of Consumer Protection

160 East 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

Phone: 801.530.6601| Email: consumerprotection@utah.gov



Washington Student Achievement Council

PO Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Phone: 360.753.7869 | Email: kareno@wsac.wa.gov



Wisconsin Educational Approval Board

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

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



Wyoming Department of Education

2300 Capital Ave, Hathaway Bldg 2nd Floor, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0050 

Phone: 307.777.5712