Transition Special Education

Graduate Certificate

Department of Special Education & Disability Studies

Consider becoming a transition leader and change agent, by earning your Transition Certificate through the GW’s nationally recognized program.  By joining the community of learners, you are availed the opportunity learn with transition leaders from across the country. In the program, you will build your knowledge, competencies, and skills to:

  • Empower youth to achieve successful post-school outcomes through building your knowledge of career development, youth development, youth leadership, and self-determination.
  • Drive effective transition planning to increase employment and post-secondary education success of youth, as a result of building your competencies in transition and career assessment practices.
  • Capitalize on the power of family engagement and collaboration across systems to build capacity to support transitioning youth and their families as they prepare for adult life.
  • Enrich your knowledge of curriculum design, based upon evidence-based practices.
  • Engage in learn about the latest trends in promoting employment of transitioning youth with disabilities.

The certificate includes four, three-credit online courses taught by dynamic instructors,recognized as leaders in the field of secondary transition. The program plan for the 2015-16 academic year can be found here.  If these opportunities sound appealing to you and fit your professional goals, please contact Dr. Michael Ward, Program Coordinator, at

We review applications on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.  


Program Faculty

Joan Kester, Visiting Assistant Professor, Special Education & Disability Studies

Contact Us

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