Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in the Field of Interdisciplinary Secondary Transition Services

The master of arts in education and human development in the field of interdisciplinary secondary transition services degree program prepares personnel to be a change agent in teaching, leadership and support roles. The master’s program prepares leaders to assist youth with disabilities and at-risk youth to make successful transitions through high school to post-secondary education, competitive-integrated employment, and full citizenship. The curriculum integrates the Council for Exception Children (CEC) Advanced Knowledge and Skills for Transition Specialists.  This nationally recognized program provides critical knowledge and experience in the ever-emerging field of secondary transition based on legislative requirements, research, and evidence-based practices. With a strong social justice focus, students are prepared to effectively lead quality transition programs and services for all youth with disabilities in various settings.

This program is designed to a) advance interdisciplinary interaction to encourage shared responsibility to advance positive post-school outcomes for youth, b) prepare the next generation of leading experts in the field, c) provide an evidence-based curriculum that is driven by the most up-to-date research to prepare scholarly practitioners, and d) bridge the gap in applied research and practice.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 30 credits in required courses and 6 credits in a field of specialization, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

SPED 6210Universal Design for Learning and Assessment
SPED 6214Applied Research in Secondary Transition Practices
SPED 6222Legal Issues and Public Policy for Individuals With Disabilities
SPED 6230Vocational Assessment of Individuals with Disabilities (taken for 3 credits)
SPED 6231Curriculum and Instructional Methods in Special Education and Transition
SPED 6233Curriculum in Special Education
SPED 6235Employment Models for Individuals with Disabilities
SPED 6236Introduction to Career and Career–Technical Education and Transition Services
SPED 6255Collaboration with Systems and Families
SPED 6995School- and Community-Based Internship in Special Education and Transition
6 credits in one area of specialization:
Acquired brain injury specialization
SPED 6223Introduction to Brain Injury: Programs, Policies, and Resources
SPED 6224Brain Function and Impact of Brain Injury on Learning and Education
Autism spectrum disorder specialization
SPED 6253Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders
SPED 6254Autism Spectrum Disorders and Transition to Employment and Post-Secondary Life
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required of all students.