Master of Education in Special Education

Secondary Transition Online

The BGSU Master’s of Education in Special Education with a Specialization in Secondary Transition equips educators, rehabilitation professionals, counselors and others with the knowledge and performance skills to support youth with disabilities as they transition to adult life. Program graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in transition education and services within school and community settings.

U.S. News and World Report recently singled out transition specialists as a hot new career in education.


Secondary Transition Online Masters Program

Advance Your Career

Transition specialists
Career-tech educators
Rehabilitation professionals

Program Benefits

6 start dates throughout the year
8-week courses
2 in 1 - master's degree and certificate
Enhance your credentials
Advance your professional knowledge


12 online courses (34 hours)
Tuition estimate-$15K
Finish in 18-24 months
Tuition calculator (select eCampus)


This program does not lead to an initial teacher license. For info about licensure click here

Program Requirements

The 34 credit hour program in includes five core courses emphasizing evidence-based practices for preparing youth for college, careers and community membership. Interdisciplinary coursework and field experiences prepare students to effectively collaborate with families and professionals to promote successful transitions. The program can be completed in as few as four semesters. Working professionals typically complete the program in two years, including summers. Students who follow the course sequence in the table take four credit hours per semester during fall and spring semesters

Program graduates who hold a standard intervention specialist or career-technical license can add the Ohio Transition-to-Work (TTW) Endorsement to their teaching license. This is a valuable credential, as many school districts require their educators to obtain the TTW endorsement.

Course Requirements

Five secondary transition courses:    

  • Transition from School to Adult Life
  • Transition Assessment and Instructional Strategies
  • Competitive Employment, College and Careers
  • Teaching Students with Exceptionalities or Partnerships in Work-based Learning
  • Internship in Interagency Collaboration for Transition

Four graduate degree courses:   

  • Seminar: Issues and Practices in Special Education
  • Statistics in Education
  • Research in Education
  • Master's Capstone

Three elective special education courses

(or other eCampus graduate courses with program advisor approval)  


Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Apply Now or Return to Existing Application 

For Area of Study, select “Master’s” and “Special Education: Secondary Transition with Secondary Transition Certificate – MEd (eCampus)”

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.


Submit Transcripts and Standardized Test Scores

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.

Submit a score report from one of the following standardized tests:

  • GRE General Test (within past 5 years)
  • Praxis II Principles of Learning
  • Ohio Assessments for Educators (OAE) Assessment of Professional Knowledge

In addition, TOEFL scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English.

For information on GRE, Praxis, and TOEFL, visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.  

Request official transcripts and test scores be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403


Statement of Purpose

You will upload this as part of the online application process for this program.

The Statement of Purpose should address:

  • your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field
  • what you hope to gain through graduate study
  • your career aspirations following completion of the program
  • your personal qualities that relate to your future success as a graduate student



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