Transition Specialist Program

This 6 course, 18 credit Transition Specialist Program provides training to individuals interested in helping 14 – 22 year old students with disabilities explore and develop career identities as well as develop the skills needed to successfully transition into post-secondary educational, training, and employment after completing high school. The program focuses on the educational, functional and social/emotional needs of students. 

Knowledge about transition-related legal, assessment, collaborative planning, school and community-based skills are developed. Consistent with the philosophies of counseling and education programs, emphasis is placed on the critical importance of self-determination and self-advocacy in the transition process.

Massachusetts legislation has mandated the placement of professionals with the Transition Specialist Endorsement (TSE) in school settings.

The Transition Specialist Certification program at Assumption College offers three different certification tracks: Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) without endorsement, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) without endorsement and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) with endorsement*. Requirements for endorsement include:

  • Transition Specialist Endorsement candidates must have a minimum of two years of experience under one of the following licenses 603 CMR 7.14(4)(a)(1)&(2)
    • An Initial or Professional license as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, Teacher of Students with Severe Disabilities, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, School Guidance Counselor, or School Social Worker/School Adjustment Counselor
    • A license as a Rehabilitation Counselor (as described in 262 CMR 4.00 Requirements for Licensure as a Rehabilitation Counselor), or certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor as determined by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC)

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Individuals interested in acquiring specialized skills to effectively work with transition-aged youth who do not possess the legislation-required prerequisite graduate degrees, licensure/certification, and experience are still eligible for the certification program to prepare them to work in non-school settings (e.g., state/federal vocational rehabilitation programs, school collaborative, adult agencies providing services to transition-aged youth).

*An application for endorsement program approval has been submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Endorsement is currently not guaranteed.

Prerequisites:

B.A. or B.S. (with a 3.0 overall GPA) for admission in the Transition Specialist: Certificate of Graduate Study
M.A. or M.S. for admission in the Transition Specialist with or without Endorsement: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the program, application and admission process.

C.G.S. and C.A.G.S. Courses and Outcomes

C.G.S. (requires a Bachelor's degree)

  • Certificate Only
    • Sample careers include:
      • State/federal vocational rehabilitation programs
      • School collaborative
      • Adult agencies providing services to transition-aged youth

Courses: 
TRS 700: Foundations of Transition Education and Services 
TRS 710: Transition Assessment 
TRS 720: Transition Systems and Supports 
TRS 730: Collaboration in Transition Planning 
TRS 740: Transition: Community-Based Practicum
Plus 1 Elective

C.A.G.S. (requires a Master's degree)

  • Certificate Only
    • Sample careers include:
      • State/federal vocational rehabilitation programs
      • School collaborative
      • Adult agencies providing services to transition-aged youth

Courses: 
TRS 700: Foundations of Transition Education and Services 
TRS 710: Transition Assessment 
TRS 720: Transition Systems and Supports 
TRS 730: Collaboration in Transition Planning 
TRS 740: Transition: Community-Based Practicum
Plus 1 Elective

  • Certificate and Endorsement
    • Sample careers include:​
      • School systems
      • School collaborative
      • State/federal adult agencies

Courses: 
TRS 700: Foundations of Transition Education and Services 
TRS 710: Transition Assessment 
TRS 720: Transition Systems and Supports 
TRS 730: Collaboration in Transition Planning 
TRS 740: Transition: Community-Based Practicum
TRS 750*: Transition: School-Based Practicum 
(*required for endorsement only)