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Online Graduate Certificate in Secondary Special Education and Transition at KU.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Secondary Special Education and Transition

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 lets you focus on the skills needed to align school-based planning with transitionary programs and services that support young adults who are completing high school and looking for career or post-secondary learning opportunities. Disclosure information about the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment can be seen here.

Program Details
  • 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)

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What You'll Learn

You will complete coursework in career development, work-based learning, transition assessment and interagency services and collaboration. You will put theory into practice by utilizing methods for applying effective transition models and programs within educational settings. When you graduate, 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.

Career Outcomes

The online secondary special education and transition graduate certificate is designed to offer experienced teachers and educational 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.

*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.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

Next Start

August 26
Fall 2019 Term


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