Transition Specialist

Endorsement Program: Off-Campus Format

Help special education students 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.

If you're a licensed special education teacher or related professional, this program will give you a Massachusetts-approved credential that will prepare you to support transitioning special education students, and position you to be a school leader. You’ll be well-versed in transition fundamentals. Know how to build family-community partnerships. And understand how to navigate important support systems.

You work with special education students, and want them to succeed in life as well as in school. Be instrumental in their transition to adulthood by understanding how best to focus on their educational, functional, and social/emotional needs to plan for the future.

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 also engage in field experiences that will reinforce your new skills.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time off-campus program

15 Credits
2 graduate student in a classroom
Off-Campus Format

In the off-campus format, courses run in an eight-week semester, meeting two weekends per course and an online component between weekends. For information about when the next cohort group will start, contact Linda Lengyel at

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our Transition Specialist program prepares you to:
Linda Lengyel
Special Education
Linda Lengyel
Linda is the director of the Transition Specialist program. Her years of work in special education have focused on supporting people with complex needs, considered to have severe disabilities, and their families in school, work, and home settings. Long an advocate for systemic and policy changes, she has also written and presented about such topics as assistive technology, legal issues, teacher preparation, and being an expert witness.
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Total approximate cost for this program. Tuition and fees are for the 2018–2019 academic year.
Transition Specialist
  • Tuition
    Off-Campus Tuition: $650/credit x 12
    Online Tuition: $650/credit x 3
  • Fees
    Technology Fees
    Registration Fees
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Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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