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.

The Transition Specialist Certification program at Assumption College offers two different certification tracks: Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) without endorsement and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) without endorsementIndividuals interested in acquiring specialized skills to effectively work with transition-aged youth are seligible 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).


B.A. or B.S. (with a 3.0 overall GPA) for admission in the Transition Specialist: Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.)
M.A. or M.S. for admission in the Transition Specialist: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.)

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

Sample careers include:

  • Adult agencies providing services to transition-aged youth
  • School collaborative
  • State/federal vocational rehabilitation programs


  • 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

For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed the program, and other important information, click here.