Graduate Certificate in Transition Specialist
Coursework and applied experiences will prepare you to collaborate with other professionals and transition stakeholders. Although the target audience for this graduate certificate is special education teachers or those preparing to be special education teachers, other appropriate participants include those majoring in general education, educational administration, rehabilitation counseling, and other related human service fields.
As defined by federal legislation, transition requires a set of “coordinated activities.” In keeping with this federal definition and the standards set forth in professional organizations, those completing the Transition Specialist Graduate Certificate will gain an emphasis in transition and collaboration, while integrating up-to-date research on effective practice.
In addition to the required courses identified for this graduate certificate program, the choices provided for elective courses will allow students to select the courses that will be most beneficial to them in their professional area. Professionals in education and other related human service fields with specialized training are needed to deliver transition services that address the unique needs of youth with disabilities as they exit high schools. In fact, professional organizations have recognized this need and developed specific standards or guidelines to address the competencies needed by professionals who work with individuals with disabilities. These include the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Career Development and Transition (Transition Specialist) standards, Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) standards, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) standards, and APA Guidelines for Assessment and Intervention with Persons with Disabilities, to name just a few.
Degree Seeking Students
Degree seeking students who plan to add a graduate certificate to their current degree program do not need to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program, but they must notify the graduate certificate coordinator of their intent to pursue the graduate certificate before completion of their degree program.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
Prospective students intending to pursue a graduate certificate without enrolling in a degree program must apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student through the Graduate School.
Please contact the Certificate Coordinator for more information.