Certificate in Transition Specialist Program

The graduate Transition Specialist certification is designed to prepare professionals with undergraduate degrees in education or related fields to teach and support individuals with disabilities as they transition from high school to adult life.

Transition Certificate Coordinator

Dr. James Collins
Email: collinsjc@uww.edu
Winther 5044
Phone: 262-472-5804

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • A minimum of 2.75 overall grade point average
  • Applicants for this program must have taken SPECED 406/SPECED 606, or the equivalent, or have instructor permission

Note: Units earned in the Transitions Specialist Certificate Program may also count toward the Master of Science in Education Degree Program in Special Education, Professional Development emphasis.

Certificate in Transition Specialist Program

The online Transition Specialist certificate is 15 graduate credits. All credits can count toward a MSE in special education through the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, if you are interested. The program is fully online and our department is accredited through both National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). The online modules stress only evidenced-based interventions and courses go through an accreditation process called Quality Matters to ensure that the online access is as seamless as possible.

The courses are offered in the following rotation:

SPECED 706TRANSITION ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS (offered summer, odd years)3
SPECED 781SCHOOL-TO-ADULT LIFE TRANSITIONAL PROGRAMMING (offered summer, even years)3
SPECED 702REFLECTIVE PRACTICE AND ACTION RESEARCH (offered fall, must be taken AFTER either or both SPECED 706 or SPECED 781)3
SPECED 704APPLIED FIELD ACTION RESEARCH IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (offered spring or summer, must be taken AFTER SPECED 702)3
SPECED 703PROMOTING REFORM THROUGH COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP (offered spring)3
Total Units15

Applying is easy. You will find both the downloadable and online application at: http://www.uww.edu/gradstudies/admission. The department does not require letters of recommendation. You do need to send in transcripts and the 56.00 application fee.

Dr. James C. Collins, who coordinates the program, would love to chat with you more about the program. You may contact him by phone 262-472-5804 or email collinsjc@uww.edu

The website for tuition information is https://uwwcost.uww.edu/
The website for financial aid is http://www.uww.edu/financialaid/