Central to Working Towards Equity & Inclusion.
CCSU’s Transition Specialist Official Certificate Program (OCP) is designed to prepare
post bachelor’s professionals and those already licensed or certified in Special Education,
School Counseling, School Psychology, Social Work, Rehabilitation, or general counseling
to promote successful post-school employment and/or education outcomes of youth and
young adults with disabilities.
- Starts every January and August
- Attend part-time
- 16- to 18-credit program
- Applied internship experience individually arranged with supervision provided
- Flexible scheduling: over 80% hybrid and/or accelerated formats, evening classes
- Course-embedded assignments facilitate application and transfer of learning to the
- Course content aligned with edTPA; candidates receive guidance and support throughout
their edTPA development
- No GMAT/GRE required
- Possess thorough knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies in
special education including transition laws and policies (e.g., Individuals with Disabilities
Education Act, Vocational Rehabilitation Act, Fair Labor Standards Act).
- Use evidence-based practices to meet the unique learning needs of individuals with
- Administer a variety of formal and informal assessments and procedures to identify
the strengths, preferences, and interests of individuals with disabilities as they
relate to postschool settings (postsecondary education, employment, independent living).
- Use person-centered planning processes to design appropriate postschool options (postsecondary
education, employment, independent living) for individuals with disabilities.
- Design, deliver, and implement appropriate transition plans for individuals with disabilities.
Employment of school and career counselors and advisors is projected to grow 11% from
2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.
- Field experience with individuals with academic, behavioral, and emotional characteristics
of diverse learners
- Ability to identify evidence-based practices to support the needs of diverse learners
- Understanding of federal and state laws and regulations for special education
- Knowledge of the theories and processes in pupil personnel services
- Understanding of person-centered planning process from a school to post-school options
for students with disabilities
- Access to career and vocational exploration techniques and resources