2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog

Lesley Center for the Adult Learner (LCAL)

Lesley’s Center for the Adult Learner offers personalized, professional advising and support services to adult students to assist them in balancing coursework, with ongoing work and personal responsibilities, as well as life challenges that may arise in the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. While adult students with flexible schedules have the option of pursuing any academic program listed in this catalog, Lesley also offers unique and flexible degree options specifically for adult students, who may also have numerous transfer credits and are returning to complete a bachelor’s degree either directly from another institution, or after time away from college. Additionally, adult students may pursue accelerated bachelor to master degree programs in select areas that allow students to apply up to six credits to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees, thereby shortening the time for each. Degree completion and flexible options include, but are not limited to, those listed below.  Courses may be taken at any Lesley location and/or through any available format.   LCAL Academic Advisors, who specialize in working with adults, will assist students to select programs based on each student’s unique goals and life circumstances.

Courses may be taken on the Cambridge Campus, off campus, online, or in hybrid formats.  For details, students should refer to the full descriptions of the programs in this catalog or contact the respective Division Chair for program requirements.

BA or BS, Liberal Studies, Individually Designed - offered in all formats/locations

BS, Early Childhood Studies* (Non-Licensure Program) - offered on campus, at Bunker Hill Community College and at Urban College of Boston

*This program may also be taken as part of an accelerated bachelor's to master's degree

BS, Human Services - offered on campus, online, and in a hybrid model at our New Bedford DeMello International Center location

BS, Business Management - offered online, at Bunker Hill Community College, and in a hybrid model at our New Bedford DeMello International Center location

BA, Psychology - offered online, at Bunker Hill CC, and in a hybrid model at our New Bedford DeMello International Center location 

BS, Design for User Experience - offered online

Options for Accelerated Master's Degrees:

BS, Early Childhood Studies* (non-licensure) to M.Ed. in Early Childhood Teacher of Students with and without disabilities (PreK-2) (leading to initial teacher licensure)

*This program is available to students enrolled in the corresponding BS, Early Childhood Studies program

BS, Business Management to Master of Business Administration

Accelerated M.Ed. in Arts, Community, and Education (non-licensure) with specializations in Arts in Health, Integrated Arts, Multicultural Education, Theatre Studies, Visual Arts

Note: open to all adult students in any degree program

In addition to flexible and accelerated degree options and professional advising, the Center for the Adult Learner provides other supports for adults including advising on credit for prior life experience through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process and other and alterative paths to credit attainment including CLEP and ACE credits.  Additionally, in conjunction with Student Activities, the Center for the Adult Learner participates in orientation for new students as well as events throughout the year geared towards providing adults opportunities to meet and network with other adults.  Finally, although required only for liberal studies students, any adult learner may enroll in a course designed for students transitioning back to higher education called “Lives in Context” (AINTD 3008) that provides support and academic guidance during a student’s first semester at Lesley.

See majors in the catalog for more details or contact the Center for Adult Learning at 617-349-8800.