Become an advocate for at-risk youth and youth with disabilities, inspiring and empowering them to make successful life transitions. With a Master of Arts in Education in Human Development in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services from the George Washington University (GW), you will learn to lead transition programs and services for all youth with disabilities in various settings, including post-secondary education, employment and independent adulthood.
GW’s Special Education Transition Services degree program is nationally recognized and 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. With a strong focus on social justice, this program will provide you with critical knowledge of legislative requirements and research, as well evidence-based practices and experience gained through a hands-on internship.
In this program, you will design strategies that inspire youth to envision, own and lead their own futures—including careers, post-secondary education, living alone and other hallmarks of maturity. You will graduate prepared to become a transition specialist, skilled in the design of effective youth development programs and poised to help youth, families and communities now and in the future.
GW’s Master’s in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services is a 39-credit master’s degree and can be completed in as little as 2.5 years.
The program requires 39 credit hours of graduate course work and school and community-based internship to apply learning to field-based professional practice and research.
As a student in GW’s Master's in Secondary Special Ed & Transition Services, you will have a unique opportunity to engage in research, scholarship, publishing and leadership activities. The program enables you to:
As a graduate of the Master’s in Secondary Special Education and Transition Services from the George Washington University (GW), you will be prepared to advance your career as a transition specialist for youth with disabilities in a wide range of professional settings. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job growth in special education will reach 6% overall by 2022.1 Better screening and identification of various disabilities in children are expected to increase the demand for special education services.
Within special education, transition services is an area of particular growth. Public vocational rehabilitation professionals and Centers for Independent Living are now mandated under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 to provide extensive transition services. These legislative changes are increasing the need for a broad range of transition professionals to help provide services that improve the post-school outcomes of youth with disabilities.
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/special-education-teachers.htm
GW offers a Graduate Certificate in Transition Special Education online. Should you wish to pursue the Graduate Certificate, you have the option to transfer all 12 credit hours into the Master's program.
GW also offers a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling program and a Certificate in Job Development Job Placement. The master’s program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and is ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
Dr. Joan Kester, along with two graduates of the online Secondary Special Education & Transition Services master's program (Everett Deibler and Christopher Nace), presented a session entitled Promoting Higher Levels of Youth Engagement at the 2016 Office of Special Education Programs Project Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C.