The Graduate Certificate in Secondary Transition is in the BGSU College of Education and Human Development   

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Graduate Certificate - Online

Secondary Transition Certificate

Advance your career in this in-demand field

The 15-credit-hour online Secondary Transition Certificate program equips professionals to prepare youth with disabilities to successfully transition to college, careers, and community life. Through the program, you will:

  • Learn to implement evidence-based transition practices
  • Develop skills to collaborate with family, school, and community partners; and
  • Engage with peers who share your commitment to promoting positive postschool outcomes for youth with disabilities.

Complete the program at your own pace while receiving individualized support to ensure your success.

Transition specialists continue to be a highly
in-demand career in education

Alumni Testimonials

Andrew Hampton

  • Position: Student Support Coordinator, Mahoning County Career & Technical Center (former Vocational Special Educator)

The Secondary Transition program prepared me to guide students in my building as they prepare to enter the inclusive workforce. I feel that this program provided me with the skills and tools to support students to lead successful adult lives with confidence. I would recommend this program to any educator looking to expand their reach of impact. BGSU offers a top-notch platform to make that happen. 

Kelsey Trevethan

  • Position: Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) Coordinator, Watauga Opportunities Inc., North Carolina 

My participation in BGSU's Secondary Transition program has been an invaluable opportunity for professional growth. As an out-of-state student working in the nonprofit sector with youth, I found the information and resources shared in classes to be relevant across state lines and employment settings. This program is not designed specifically for educators, but for anyone with an interest in supporting transition-aged youth.

Unmatched Student Support

BGSU is the only university in Ohio and only one of ten in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate that recognizes our commitment to online student success. The eCampus team proudly offers a one-stop-shop experience for all of your questions. Our main goal is simple: your success from registration to graduation 


Secondary Transition Certificate

Advance Your Career

  • Secondary educators—general, special, & career-technical educators
  • Transition specialists
  • School counselors
  • Parent advocates
  • Service and support administrators
  • Vocational rehabilitation counselors
  • Center for Independent Living staff
  • Community rehabilitation providers


15 credit hours
August starts can finish in 2 semesters
Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Benefits

  • Start in January, May, or August
  • Take courses 100% online
  • Enhance your professional knowledge
  • Apply courses toward a master’s degree in special education
  • Add to your credentials

Program Information

Program Highlights

Join a Vibrant Community of Practice
We invite you to join our virtual community of practice where you will learn with and from faculty and peers across various disciplines representing secondary education, counseling, career and employment services, and higher education. Students enjoy abundant opportunities for lively discussion as we grapple with contemporary challenges to providing effective transition planning and services. Sharing our diverse experiences, knowledge, and resources leverages learning for all.

Put Transition Knowledge into Practice
The Secondary Transition Certificate program prepares professionals to advance their careers with relevant coursework and an emphasis on putting transition knowledge into practice. Each course offers opportunities for real-world learning in school and/or community contexts. In fact, our students often comment that the skills they learn in class are immediately applicable to their everyday work with transition-age youth.

Become a Leader in Secondary Transition
Program graduates are prepared to assume leadership positions in the provision of transition education and services within their K-12 schools, community agencies, and institutes of higher education. Program coursework is referenced to national Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Advanced Preparation Standards for Transition Specialists. A graduate certificate in secondary transition from BGSU assures potential employers that you possess the knowledge and skills necessary to support youth with disabilities as they transition from high school to adult life.

Earn a Master’s Degree
The program can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or as part of the M.Ed. in Special Education with a Specialization in Secondary Transition. Students who complete the 15-credit-hour certificate program need only six additional courses to complete the 31-credit-hour master’s program. Working professionals can complete the master’s program in under two years.

The program leads to the State of Ohio Transition-to-Work Endorsement for eligible individuals. The program does not lead to initial teacher licensure.

Course Requirements

EDIS 6450 Transition from School to Adult Life
Provides an overview of the transition of students with disabilities from school to adult roles. Primary emphases on transition planning and services, strategies for effectively preparing students to achieve their postsecondary goals, and adult environments and service delivery systems.

EDIS 6620 Competitive Employment, College, and Careers
This course is intended to provide students with a person-centered approach to career planning and development for youth with disabilities. Consideration will be given to the needs of both youth transitioning into the competitive workforce and youth pursuing postsecondary education.

EDIS 6610 Transition Assessment and Instructional Strategies
This course focuses on the use of person-centered, ongoing transition assessment to guide the transition planning process for youth with disabilities.  Also addressed is the application of evidence-based instructional practices to support students’ development and achievement of postsecondary goals. 

EDWF 6700 Partnerships in Work-based Learning
Development of collaborative partnerships and administration of work-based learning (WBL) programs; curricular development; legal requirements; identification and facilitation of appropriate accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities in WBL programs.

EDIS 6901, 6902, and 6903 Interagency Collaboration for Transition
These 1-credit-hour courses are designed to prepare students to partner effectively with school personnel, community service providers, employers, families, and community members on behalf of transition-age youth with disabilities. Students will complete a series of practical application activities across education, employment, and independent living environments and will demonstrate the ability to apply strategies for collaboration within the local school district and community context.

Sample Programs of Study

School personnel and community agency professionals take the same 12 credit hours of core secondary transition coursework. School personnel complete an additional course in work-based learning. Community agency professionals take an introductory course in special education prior to beginning the core.

School Personnel Track

Semester 1: Fall | 4 Credits

  • Transition from School to Adult Life (3)
  • Interagency Collaboration for Transition I (1)

Semester 2: Spring | 5 Credits

  • Competitive Employmet, College, & Careers (3)
  • Interagency Collaboration for Transition II & III (2)

Semester 3: Summer | 6 Credits

  • Transition Assessment and Instructional Strategies (3)
  • Partnerships in Work-based Learning (3)

Agency Professional Track

Semester 1: Summer | 6 Credits

  • Teaching Students with Disabilities (3)
  • Transition from School to Adult Life (3) 

Semester 2: Fall | 4 Credits

  • Competitive Employmet, College, & Careers (3)
  • Interagency Collaboration for Transition I (1)

Semester 3: Summer | 5 Credits

  • Transition Assessment and Instructional Strategies (3)
  • Interagency Collaboration for Transition II & III (2)

Application Requirements


Steps to Apply


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Apply Now or Return to Existing Application 

For Area of Study, select “Certificate” and “Secondary Transition – Certificate (eCampus) (TTW Endorsement)”

  • No Applicaion Fee
  • No Teaching License Required
  • No GRE, Praxis, or OAEs test scores required


Submit Transcripts

As part of the online application process you will upload scanned copies of transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree-granting institution must be submitted to the Graduate College.

Non-native speakers of English must submit test scores on the TOEFL IBT, IELTS, or PTE. Recommended university minimum scores required for admission.

Request that transcripts (and test scores, if applicable) be sent directly to:

Graduate College
200 University Hall
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403


Upload a Statement of Purpose

As part of the online application process, you will upload a Statement of Purpose (300–700 words) that communicates the following:

  • your motivation to pursue graduate study in secondary transition;
  • your professional goals and how you believe our program can support you in meeting those goals; and
  • your personal attributes, background, and/or experiences that have prepared you for success as a graduate student.

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate certificate from the College of Education & Human Development

This Certificate leads to an Ohio Transition-to-Work Endorsement for eligible individuals PLUS 15 hours toward a Master's Degree in Secondary Transition.

Updated: 12/29/2022 01:26PM