Help special education students ages 14-22 prepare for adult life.
Federal guidelines require public schools to provide transition planning to prepare special education students ages 14-22 for work, community, and further learning. This program prepares educators and counselors to take a leadership role in transition planning and service provision for students with disabilities.
You want special education students to thrive in life as well as in school. Be instrumental in their transition to adulthood by understanding how best to meet their educational, functional, and social/emotional needs to plan for the future. In this program, you’ll explore how to help students lay the groundwork for life success. How to involve them and their families in goal-setting. And how to identify partnerships that support planning.
You'll develop the skills and knowledge to assess, plan, and deliver transition services. Learn how to build relationships with local agencies and employers. Give your students the self-determination and self-advocacy that will set them up for success. And through self-reflection and examination of multiple perspectives, you'll emerge as an effective and compassionate educator.
If you have a bachelor's degree and related experience, you can take this program as a certificate program. If you're a licensed special educator, guidance counselor, school social worker, rehabilitation counselor, you can take the program for a Massachusetts-approved Transition Specialist Endorsement. The program includes 150 hours of field-based transition experiences.
Come study with dedicated faculty at the place that educates more teachers than any other place in New England. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)