Transition for Students with Disabilities Graduate Certificate
The Transition for Students with Disabilities Graduate Certificate provides students with increased knowledge and awareness of state-of-the-art transition planning, as well as experience with specific strategies related to transition assessment, instruction, and community/business collaboration. Those who complete the Transition for Students with Disabilities Certificate program will be able to critically examine and implement effective transition planning while ensuring students are accessing the general education curriculum; effectively collaborate with the business and general community to access work and post-secondary experiences for students with disabilities; implement customized job development strategies to meet the needs of students and the business; identify and collaborate with various community based organizations; learn strategies to develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills for students with disabilities; and understand cultural and ethnic diversity issues related to transition planning.
The courses are aligned with the APSE (www.apse.org) professional standards and will provide the knowledge and skills to pass the national Certification of Employment Support Professionals (CESP)
The Transition for Students with Disabilities Graduate Certificate Description is a minimum of 15 credits. Students take five required courses and then, in consultation with the Program Coordinator, they may choose to take an optional 3 credit course in Business Management for more in depth knowledge of working with the business community.
Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission, with a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average. Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.0 graduate grade point average. Those not already admitted to the Graduate School must complete the UW System online admission application. Select “Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment” as your reason for applying. .
An application or declaration of intent must be filed with the certificate Program Coordinator before the completion of six credits in the certificate sequence. Successful admission to the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the other graduate programs.
The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the certificate program requirements (i.e., once all grades for the certificate courses taken at UWM are officially recorded and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more). Certificate completion will be posted on a student’s official transcript.
A maximum of 3 credits may be transferred to count toward certificate program requirements. Courses will be considered for transfer into the certificate program only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as the course being substituted, and was completed within the last five years with a grade of B or better. The Program Coordinator will make such determinations.
For those concurrently enrolled in a graduate degree program, no more than half of the credits required for the certificate may count toward meeting degree requirements.
Students pursuing a Graduate Transition for Students with Disabilities Certificate without concurrent enrollment in a degree program will have three years from initial enrollment in a certificate course to complete the certificate requirements. Students pursuing same certificate as part of a degree will have the same time limit to complete the certificate requirements as they have for completing the degree program.
For more information or to apply for the certificate program, contact the Transition Program Coordinator.
List of Courses
- Required Core Courses—ExcEduc (all 3 cr, G)
- 679 Critical Issues in Transition Planning
- 703 Vocational Aspects in Rehabilitation and Exceptional Education
- 705 Understanding Culture and Ethnicity in Transition Planning
- 708 Student, Family & Community Involvement in Transition Planning
- 709 Linking Academic Instruction to Transition Planning
- Optional elective courses—BusMgmt (all 3 units, G)
- 708 Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Practice
- 715 Leadership, Team Building, and Effective Management