Graduate Certificate in Brain Injury and Transition Services

Improving Systems through Evidence-Based Practice

The Brain Injury and Transition certificate program equips professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to empower students and young adults with brain injuries in successfully transitioning to postsecondary opportunities. Through course work in evidence-based practices for assessment, instruction, service models and interagency collaboration, you will expand and strengthen your expertise in supporting the implementation of effective transition programming for the diverse strengths and needs of youth with acquired brain injuries.

Designed by leaders in the field of secondary special education, transition and acquired brain injury, the course of study is aligned current research-based models of practice, programming and service delivery for students and young adults with acquired brain injuries.

With an interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff with expertise in transition, the ISTS program's practice-focused curriculum empowers certificate students to develop mastery of in-demand skills through real-world application and personalized mentorship.


Why GW’s online Master’s in Brain Injury and Transition Services?

  • Flexible Learning: All course work is completed virtually through synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences. Synchronous sessions occur once a week in late afternoons and evenings (Monday-Thursday) to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, and for internship experiences. With the flexibility to begin in fall, spring or summer semesters, the program adjusts to your schedule and needs.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Embedded throughout the program curriculum, students have ongoing opportunities to engage in discussions and rigorous project-based learning experiences with peers, faculty and leading experts in the field of secondary transition. Collaborate and take on new frontiers in transition services with fellow students across the country working in a diverse range of roles in schools, agencies and community organizations.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learning experiences and 1:1 mentorship from faculty who are current in the field and bring a diversity of professional experiences from the K-12 and adult service systems.
  • Learn through Real-World Application: the program provides all certificate students in the program with opportunities to develop and master their skills in assessment, instruction, as well as collaboration and coordinated services through hands-on, project-based learning experiences.


Required (15 Credit Hours)

  • SPED 6223 Introduction to Brain Injury: Programs, Policies, and Resources
  • SPED 6224 Brain Function and Impact of Brain Injury on Learning and Education
  • SPED 6231 Evidence-based Instructional Practices in Secondary Transition
  • SPED 6240 Family Support and Guidance in Special Education
  • SPED 6255 Collaboration with Diverse Youth, Families and Stakeholders

Career Outcomes

The online certificate in Brain Injury and Transition Services is designed for passionate professionals like you who are ready to take a step forward in their careers with a challenging, practice-based online curriculum. After completing this certificate program, you will be better prepared to expand your responsibilities within your current role, including:

  • Supporting the development of high-quality transition programs and services that empower youth with brain injuries to achieve successful post-school outcomes.
  • Driving effective transition planning and service coordination for youth with brain injuries as they transition between placements, levels of support and onward to success in post-school life.
  • Capitalizing on the power of family engagement and collaboration across systems to build capacity to support transitioning youth and their families as they prepare academic and post-school success.


Applications Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Transcripts

*Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

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Application Timeline Spring Summer Fall
Priority Deadline Aug 1 Nov 1 Nov 1
Round 1 Deadline Sept 15 Dec 15 Dec 15
Round 2 Deadline Nov 1 Jan 16 Jan 16
Round 3 Deadline Dec 15 March 1 March 1
Round 4 Deadline N/A May 1 May 1
Round 5 Deadline N/A N/A June 15
Round 6 Deadline N/A N/A Aug 1

We encourage you to apply as early as possible. For more information or to inquire about the next admissions cycle, contact the GSEHD Admissions Team at or 202-994-9283.

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