2018-2019 Graduate Academic Catalog

Accreditations and State Approvals

Accreditations and State Approvals

Lesley University was founded in 1909 and is recognized as a nonprofit organization under Massachusetts law and as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Lesley University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) (www.neasc.org). Many individual programs are also accredited or endorsed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and other organizations.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (http://www.mass.edu/)  has granted Lesley University degree-granting authority for: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor, Master, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, education leading to the degree of Associate in education and human services, and Doctor of Philosophy in: Expressive Therapies, Educational Studies, and Counseling and Psychology. See school-by-school accreditation information: lesley.edu/about/accreditations-state-approvals

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

Lesley University has been approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (http://nc-sara.org/). A State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance-education courses and programs. SARA is approved in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. California does not participate in SARA, for more about California authorization, see the additional state-by-state information below.

Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

Lesley University cannot confirm whether the course or program of study will meet the educational requirements for professional licensure or certification in any state other than Massachusetts. We advise all applicants and students to determine whether the program meets requirements for licensure or certification in the state in which they reside or plan to practice.

Complaint Process for Online and Low-Residency Students

At Lesley, we attempt to resolve student complaints within our academic and administrative departments. If you have a complaint about a University process or procedure, submit a written complaint at online.resolution@lesley.edu. We'll forward the complaint to the appropriate academic or administrative department, and email you to let know that the issue is being reviewed. We'll attempt to resolve the complaint quickly.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) in its capacity as the SARA portal entity for Massachusetts, reviews and evaluates student complaints regarding distance learning programs offered by Massachusetts-based institutions that are members of SARA.

  • Please note that complaints about student grades and student conduct violations are expressly excluded from SARA review.
  • Students must first attempt to resolve their complaint using Lesley’s internal complaint process, described above. After all administrative remedies have been exhausted, the student may submit a SARA Complaint to the Massachusetts DHE https://www.mass.edu/foradmin/sara/complaints.asp

Online and low residency students can also file a complaint through the appropriate state agency in their state of residence. Find contact information for all 50 states and the District of Columbia in the Directory of State Authorization Agencies and Lead Contacts  as provided by the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO).

 

Additional State-by-State Approvals

California

Lesley University is approved to operate pursuant to California Education Code (CEC) section 94890(a)(1), which approves Lesley University due to its accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 

California consumer complaint process:  http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint.shtml

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P. O. Box 980818
W. Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Phone: 888-370-7589 Fax: 916-263-1897


Colorado

Colorado participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  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.

Colorado consumer complaint process: http://highered.colorado.gov/academics/complaints/

Colorado Department of Higher Education

1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-866-2723; 303-866-4266

 

Idaho

Idaho participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  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 post-secondary institution to offer the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Integrated Teaching through the Arts.

Idaho consumer complaint process: https://boardofed.idaho.gov/higher-education-private/private-colleges-degree-granting/student-complaint-procedures/

Idaho State Board of Education

PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 03720-0037
208-332-1587

Maine

Maine participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. 

The Maine State Board of Education has approved authorization to Lesley University to offer the following programs.

Maine consumer complaint information: http://www.maine.gov/doe/

Maine Department of Education Attention: Complaint Investigator

23 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0023
207.624.6846

Massachusetts

Lesley University is recognized as a nonprofit organization under Massachusetts law and as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education has granted Lesley University degree-granting authority for: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor, Master, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, education leading to the degree of Associate in education and human services, and Doctor of Philosophy in: Expressive Therapies, Educational Studies, and Counseling and Psychology.

Massachusetts consumer complaint process: http://www.mass.edu/forstufam/complaints/complaints.asp

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401, Boston, MA 02108
617-994-6913

Montana

Montana participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  The Montana Board of Regents grants Lesley University exemption due to accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Montana consumer complaint process: https://app.doj.mt.gov/apps/Oscar/default.aspx

Montana Board of Regents, Office of Commissioner of Higher Education
Montana University System, 2500 Broadway Street
PO Box 203201
Helena, MT. 59620-3201
406-444-6570

New Hampshire

New Hampshire participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  The State of New Hampshire Higher Education Commission authorizes Lesley University continuing approval to offer post-secondary 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.

New Hampshire consumer complaint process: http://www.education.nh.gov/highered/compliance-allegation.htm

New Hampshire Division of Higher Education
101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301-3493
Phone: 603-271-2555 ext. 350

North Carolina

North Carolina participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina has issued Lesley University a license to offer Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling degrees in: Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Music Therapy. Valid through April 2, 2020.

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints: http://www.northcarolina.edu/complaints

University of North Carolina General Administration
c/o Student Complaints
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
Phone: 919-062-4550
Email: studentcomplaints@northcarolina.edu

South Carolina

South Carolina participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  Licensed by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, 1122 Lady Street, Suite 300, 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.

South Carolina consumer complaint process: http://www.che.sc.gov/Home.aspx

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

1333 Main St., Suite 200, Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: 803-737-2260 | Fax: 803-737-2297

Texas

Lesley University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

Washington

Washington participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.

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 or by email at degreeauthorization@wasc.wa.gov

The transferability of credits earned at Lesley University is at the discretion of the receiving college, university or other educational institution.  Students considering transferring to any institution should not assume that credits earned in any program of study at Lesley University will be accepted by the receiving institution.  Similarly, the ability of a degree, certificate, diploma, or other academic credential earned at Lesley University to satisfy an admission requirement of another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Accreditation does not guarantee credentials or credits earned at Lesley University will be accepted by or transferred to another institution.  To minimize the risk of having to repeat coursework, students should contact the receiving institution in advance for evaluation and determination of transferability of credits and/or acceptability of degrees, diplomas, or certificates earned.

Washington consumer complaint process: http://www.wsac.wa.gov/protecting-education-consumers

Wyoming

Wyoming participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements.  The State of Wyoming grants Lesley University authorization to offer educational services to Wyoming students.

Wyoming Department of Education student complaint form: https://edu.wyoming.gov/downloads/schools/student-complaint-form.pdf

School-by-School Accreditation Information

Graduate School of Education

All programs are encompassed under our institutional accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. 

Our Educator/Counselor Preparation and Professional Development Program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP Accreditation System through 2021. We will seek accreditation under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in Fall of 2021. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation.

The Graduate School of Education is also affiliated with:

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Interstate Agreement

Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences

All programs are encompassed under our institutional accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Accreditations for the Division of Counseling Psychology

  • Our Educator/Counselor Preparation and Professional Development Program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP Accreditation System through 2021. We will seek accreditation under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in Fall of 2021. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation.

Accreditations for the Division of Expressive Therapy

  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Art Therapy program is accredited by the American Art Therapy Association.
  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Dance Therapy program is accredited by the American Dance Therapy Association.
  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Drama Therapy Program is accredited by the North American Drama Therapy Association.
  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Music Therapy is accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • All programs are encompassed under our institutional accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • Our Educator/Counselor Preparation and Professional Development Program is accredited under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) Quality Principles through the CAEP Accreditation System through 2021. We will seek accreditation under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Standards in Fall of 2021. Formed in 2013, CAEP is the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation, and administers TEAC accreditation.
  • The baccalaureate Business Management program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP).

College of Art and Design

  • All programs are encompassed under our institutional accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

  • Member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design.

Email: state.approvals@lesley.edu with questions about Lesley University accreditations and state approvals.