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

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Graduate Certificate in Secondary Transition - Online

Transition-to-Work Endorsement 

Are you an Ohio educator who wants to gain advanced knowledge and skills to prepare secondary students with disabilities for adult life? If so, taking Transition-to-Work (TTW) Endorsement coursework through BGSU will equip you to best aid your students in their transitions to college, careers, and community life. Our 100% online  program combines high-quality instruction with maximum flexibility and individualized support to promote your success. Through both online coursework and real-world learning experiences, you will gain skills to:

  • assess students’ strengths, interests, and readiness for postsecondary life
  • empower students to take the lead in planning their futures
  • implement effective practices in transition education and services
  • collaborate with family, school, and community partners

Join us to learn with and from others who share your passion for preparing youth for transition success!



Erin Curtis

  • Position: State Support Team Consultant (Region 11)

"As a former Transition Coordinator for a local school district, I learned more than expected and was able to improve our district’s transition programming. Now as a State Support Team Consultant, I am able to use the knowledge and resources from these courses to assist and guide other districts in improving their transition programs. "


Shannon Washburn

  • Position: Intervention Specialist, Oregon City Schools

"Bowling Green State University's Transition-to-Work program not only equipped me with the tools and knowledge to become a successful Job Connections Coordinator, but also equipped me with the skills to begin introducing work-related responsibilities beginning at the elementary level."


Transition-to -Work Endorsement  

Advance Your Career

  • Intervention specialists
  • Transition specialists
  • School counselors
  • Job training coordinators
  • Work study coordinators
  • Career assessment specialists
  • Vocational special educators

Program Benefits

  • Start in January, May, or August
  • Take courses 100% online
  • Enhance your professional knowledge
  • Add to your credentials
  • Advance your career


Program Information 

Bowling Green State University offers an approved program of preparation aligned with Ohio Educator Licensure Program Standards for the TTW Endorsement. A Transition-to-Work Endorsement can be added to the following standard Ohio licenses or certificates:

  • intervention specialist
  • career-technical teaching
  • professional pupil services 

The TTW Endorsement is a highly valuable credential, required by many school districts for their transition specialists, job training coordinators, career assessment specialists, and others who coordinate or provide transition services. For school counselors, occupational therapists, social workers, school psychologists, and other pupil service professionals, earning the TTW Endorsement certifies that they have the knowledge and skills to support effective transitions for the students with disabilities they serve.

Why Choose BGSU? 

Earn two credentials

Eligible program completers are recommended to the Ohio Department of Education for the Transition-to-Work Endorsement and receive a BGSU Graduate Certificate in Secondary Transition.

Design a program of study that meets your needs

Choose one of three program start dates: January, May, or August. Because each course is offered at least two semesters every year, students can complete the program at a pace that works best for them—whether that means completing all courses in one year, enrolling in one course per semester, or taking most coursework during the summer months. Classes are delivered 100% online and there are no required class meeting times. Students who register for at least 4 credit hours per semester are eligible for federal financial aid.

Join a vibrant community of practice

Students have frequent opportunities for lively discussion with secondary educators and community agency professionals from across the state and country. Discussion board forums and flexible opportunities to participate in virtual conferences with faculty and peers enrich the online learning experience. Our students often describe exchanging transition knowledge, resources, and strategies with peers who have diverse perspectives to be one of the most useful aspects of the program.

Pursue a master’s degree

A Master’s Degree in Special Education with a Specialization in Secondary Transition can be earned by completing an additional 16 credit hours of coursework (100% online).  

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, 6903 Interagency Collaboration for Transition
This course is 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.

*Students who have not taken an introductory special education course and lack equivalent experience must successfully complete EDIS 5310 before or concurrently with courses in this sequence.

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 application fee.
  • 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 a Transition-To-Work (TTW) Endorsement PLUS 15 Hours Toward this Master's Degree

Updated: 12/29/2022 01:30PM