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Graduate Certificate in Secondary Special Education and Transition Courses

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

The purpose of this course is to provide a background in career development and transition education for persons with disabilities from middle school through adulthood. Emphasis is placed on IDEA requirements for transition services, career development and transition processes, transition services assessment, secondary special education curricular implications, career development and transition service needs, collaborative services in schools and communities to promote quality transition services, and issues and trends in transition education and services.

SPED 857: Career Development for Youth

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students in special education and related areas who are specializing in secondary school/transition programs with an overview of career development for youth with disabilities. Emphasis is placed upon theory and practice related to career development, work-based learning, and school and community vocational training models.

SPED 858: Assessment for Transition Planning

This course is designed to provide a review of psychometric principles and their utility as a foundation for quality assessment in transition assessment and planning for youth with disabilities. Formal and informal assessments across a range of transition planning areas are reviewed and evaluated. Skills in curriculum-based assessment, rating scales, situational assessment and functional assessment are emphasized. Prerequisite: SPED 856 or permission of instructor.

SPED 859: Interagency Services for Transition to Adulthood

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of interagency and community services and systems for adolescents and young adults with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on theory and practice related to interagency collaboration, systems change efforts in transition services, and state-of-the-art practices regarding supporting individuals with disabilities in community employment, living, socialization, community participation, and other areas of adult life.

SPED 862: Work-based Learning

The purpose of this course is to provide graduate students with models and strategies to develop and coordinate meaningful work experiences for youth with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on practical strategies for engaging with community businesses, developing and customizing jobs and supporting youth in the workplace.

Important Dates

Application Deadline

August 9
Fall 2019 Term

Next Start

August 26
Fall 2019 Term


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