Preparing professionals to take leadership in transition planning for students with disabilities.
To comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, schools must provide transition planning for special education students aged 14 and older (16+ in some states) as they prepare for work, community participation, and post-secondary learning.
This 15-credit Transition Specialist Endorsement prepares licensed special educators, guidance counselors, school social workers, and rehabilitation counselors to work effectively with this group, focusing on their educational, functional, and social/emotional needs.
Through coursework and field-based transitional experiences, you will develop the skills and knowledge to assess, plan, and deliver transitional experiences, work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse families, and build partnerships with local agencies and employers. This program also places emphasis on the critical importance of self-determination and self-advocacy in the transition process.
This course lays the groundwork for the Transition Specialist Endorsement program. The historical context and legal foundations of transition are explored, along with the transition planning process itself. Candidates learn about the transition domains - employment, continued learning, and community integration - and the institutions and agencies that support students in working toward the achievement of their postsecondary goals in each area. Candidates learn about the role of the transition specialist and the rights and responsibilities of the student and family in transition planning. Best practices in transition are introduced, including the use of technology.
Mary E. Curtis
Professor, Director, Center for Special Education
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Dr. Arlyn Roffman is featured in an article published on the Special Ed Connection® website, entitled "Avoid 3 Common Mistakes in Postsecondary Transition Planning." Read a copy of the article [PDF].