Official Certificate Program in Transition Specialist

Central to Working Towards Equity & Inclusion.

Central’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.

Program Features

  • 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 classroom
  • Course content aligned with edTPA; candidates receive guidance and support throughout their edTPA development
  • No GMAT/GRE required

  1. 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).
  2. Use evidence-based practices to meet the unique learning needs of individuals with disabilities.
  3. 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).
  4. Use person-centered planning processes to design appropriate postschool options (postsecondary education, employment, independent living) for individuals with disabilities.
  5. Design, deliver, and implement appropriate transition plans for individuals with disabilities.

Admissions Contact

Graduate Recruitment & Admissions

Academic Contact

Megan Mackey
Department Chair
Special Education & Interventions
Center for Teaching and Innovation
Henry Barnard Hall

Academic Department

Did You Know?

Employment of school and career counselors and advisors is projected to grow 11% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

What You'll Gain

  • 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