Academics

Transition Leadership Certificate

Application deadline: Jun. 1 for fall admission.

Transition leadership involves the transition from high school to adult life for young people with a wide range of disabilities. Our certificate program bridges the gap between special education and adult services by creating a cohort of professionals who connect these two fields. Students who complete the five courses in the certificate track, including a hands-on practicum requirement, will be well positioned to excel in a new role: that of transition specialist.

Transition professionals improve outcomes for the people they serve in areas such as employment, college preparation, and independent living skills. Graduates are also equipped to help influence state and national policy around transition and disability.

The SGISD certificate in transition leadership meets the needs of professionals working in fields that require transition leadership skills, such as at a state agency or in an Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment program. Our certificate program is an excellent way for non-educators to broaden their abilities and to place their work in a wider context.

In conjunction with required coursework, our certificate’s practicum component is an additional asset to the program. The practicum gives students the opportunity for hands-on mentoring and supervision in a transition setting of interest to them, and the chance to bring classroom knowledge to real-life experiences.

Graduates of the program can expect to hone skills and find employment opportunities in a variety of settings, such as vocational rehabilitation offices and youth workforce centers. The certificate also provides advanced training for professionals in careers such as social work, guidance counseling, and mental health counseling.

Review our application checklist here.

Download our fact sheet here.

For additional information, contact our project director, Maria Paiewonsky, at 617.287.7697.

Read this article about Maria Paiewonsky's work with transition-age youth.

You may also be interested in the College of Education and Human Development's master's program in transition leadership