Online graduate certificate in secondary special education and transition
Convenient and Timely
Finish your graduate certificate in as little as one year.
A Top-Ranked School
Our School of Education and Human Sciences is consistently ranked among the best by U.S. News & World Report, including the No. 1 Best Online Master's in Special Education Program in the nation.1
Evidence-Based Research to Practice
Program designed by leaders in the field that leverages faculty expertise and the BEACH Center Transition Coalition resources.
For experienced teachers, paraeducators, vocational rehabilitation counselors and community employment providers, the online graduate certificate in secondary special education and transition* offers critical knowledge of school-based transition planning and interagency collaboration. This foundational program is built from the same courses featured in our online master's in secondary special education and transition, which lets graduates of the graduate certificate program apply a select number of credits to the online master's program should they decide later to pursue the full degree.
Designed to be completed in as little as one year, the online secondary special education and transition graduate certificate program prepares you to:
- Create and implement transition assessments
- Apply effective transition models and programs within educational settings
- Align school-based planning with transition programs and services that support young adults as they transition from school to employment and/or post-secondary education
- 5 courses, 8 weeks per course, 15 credit hours
- Complete in as little as a year
- Learn from renowned faculty in a department that has set the standard in the practice of special education for over 50 years
- Complete your coursework anytime, anywhere, through our innovative online format
- No GRE required for admission
- Students can apply all 15 credit hours from their graduate certificate to the online master's in secondary special education and transition program (requires application and admission to master's program)
You will complete coursework in career development, work-based learning, transition assessment and interagency services and collaboration. Upon graduation, you will have a deeper understanding of the interagency and vocational services that support youth as they transition into adulthood, and you will be ready to connect individual youth with the most appropriate resources for them.
For more detailed information on the topics covered in this program, view the course listings.
The online secondary special education and transition graduate certificate is designed to offer experienced teachers and education professionals greater knowledge in their current role, but it can also help them prepare for potential new roles. Coursework can be applicable inside and outside of PK-12 education settings, including transition specialist roles in a state or national government agency, community agency or institute of higher education.
Graduate certificate in secondary special education and transition course descriptions
The online graduate certificate in secondary special education and transition equips experienced teachers, paraeducators, vocational rehabilitation counselors and community employment providers with critical knowledge that can move them toward new transition specialist jobs. Courses explore transition planning, assessments, interagency services and more, and course descriptions are listed below. All courses listed are worth 3 credits.
Please note: Course list and sequence are subject to change.
SPED 856: TRANSITION EDUCATION AND SERVICES FROM CHILDHOOD TO ADULTHOOD
SPED 857: CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUTH
SPED 858: ASSESSMENT FOR TRANSITION PLANNING
SPED 859: INTERAGENCY SERVICES FOR TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD
SPED 862: WORK-BASED LEARNING
*This online graduate certificate does not lead to initial nor advanced licensure in special education in the state of Kansas.
Note: In order to enroll in this program, a bachelor's degree is required. No program can guarantee licensure. It is each student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements in his or her state and to apply for the licenses or endorsements necessary to his or her career goals. Our department staff and licensure officer can provide individual support during the application process to help you understand your state’s requirements.