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.
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. The program covers transition-related law, assessment, collaboration skills, and other transition-related skills. It places emphasis on the critical importance of self-determination and self-advocacy in the transition process.
ESPED 6150 Laying the Groundwork: Fundamentals of TransitionESPED 6151 Building Partnerships for TransitionESPED 7727 Transition Field Experience IESPED 6152 Individualizing Transition Assessment and PlanningESPED 6153 Navigating Transition Systems and SupportsESPED 7728 Transition Field Experience IIESPED 7729 Transition Field Experience III See Program of Study for course descriptions
Mary E. Curtis
Professor, Director, Center for Special Education
Tuition and Fees: Master's/Certificate
Tuition and Fees: Doctoral
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In an article titled, "Think Outside the Box with These Hot Education Careers," U.S. News & World Report recently named transition services as a position experiencing growth in the special education field. Read more »
Special Education professor emerita 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].