Master's in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services

The online Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services prepares you to be a change agent in teaching, leadership and support roles. The master’s program will also assist youth with disabilities and at-risk youth to make successful transitions through high school to post-secondary education, employment and independent adulthood.

The program meets the Transition Guideposts of the U.S. Department of Labor National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth) and the CEC Advanced Knowledge and Skills Base for Transition Specialists (2008).

This nationally-recognized program provides critical knowledge and experience in the ever-emerging field of secondary transition based upon legislative requirements, research, and evidence-based practices. With a strong social justice focus, you are prepared to effectively lead quality transition programs and services for all youth with disabilities in various settings.

A Certificate version of the program is also available.

Highlights

The online program requires 36 credit hours of graduate course work and school and community-based internship to apply learning to field-based professional practice and research.

Why GW’s online Master’s in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services?

  • Interdisciplinary Interaction: Through interactions in the discussion forums and small group projects, you gain exposure to different viewpoints and refine critical analysis and communication skills.
  • Leadership Component: The program imbeds a "train-the-trainers" leadership component enabling you to be recognized by your organization as a "transition leader" or the resource person for best practice information on the range of transition issues.
  • Applied Research: The program offers a relevant curriculum that is driven by the most up-to-date, applied research by experts in the field and is responsive to a variety of transition outcomes.
  • Scholar-Practitioner Faculty: Learn from faculty members who are current in the field, share their real world experiences and provide a diversity of perspective on the field.
    Networking Opportunities: The internship enables you to develop close working relationships with faculty experts and peers as you gain the skills that will not only advance your career, but the education of your students.
Curriculum

36 credits, including 30 credits in required courses and 6 credits in a field of specialization, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

Core Courses

EDUC 6114Introduction to Quantitative Research
SPED 6210Universal Design for Learning and Assessment
SPED 6222Legal Issues and Public Policy for Individuals With Disabilities
SPED 6230Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (taken for 3 credits)
SPED 6231Curriculum and Instructional Methods in Special Education and Transition
SPED 6233Curriculum in Special Education
SPED 6235Employment Models for Individuals with Disabilities
SPED 6236Introduction to Career and Career–Technical Education and Transition Services
SPED 6255Collaboration with Systems and Families
SPED 6995School and Community-Based Internship in Special Education and Transition

6 credits in one area of specialization:

Autism spectrum disorder specialization
SPED 6253Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 6254Autism Spectrum Disorders and Transition to Employment and Post-Secondary Life

or

Acquired brain injury specialization
SPED 6223Introduction to Brain Injury: Programs, Policies, and Resources
SPED 6224Brain Function and Impact of Brain Injury on Learning and Education

Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required of all students.

Career Outcomes

The online Master’s in Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services is designed for passionate educators like you who are ready to take a step forward in their careers with a challenging, practice-based online Master’s program.

After completing this master’s program you will be prepared to work as a transition specialist across multiple disciplines:

  • Secondary educators (general/special education, career/tech education, guidance/career counselors)
  • Secondary transition educators (State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, transition consultants)
  • Agency transition professionals (public and private vocational rehabilitation, community providers, career one-stop centers, Medicaid waiver providers, Centers for Independent
  • Living, parent advocates, youth advocates
  • University positions (disability services offices, adjunct instructors)
  • Admissions

    Admissions

    Program Entry: Spring, Summer, Fall
    Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
    Campus: Online

    Application Requirements

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

    *Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

    For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions page.

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