Transition to Work Endorsement: Master of Education in Special Education

July 01, 2021
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Transition to Work Endorsement

UC Online’s Transition to Work Endorsement is focused on providing preservice and in-service professionals with knowledge, skills, and experience in special education in order to improve learning outcomes and quality of life for children with special needs. The Transition to Work Endorsement program is designed to increase the transition-related knowledge and skills of the various individuals involved in the transition process, such as transition specialists, intervention specialists, special education administrators, service providers (e.g., counselors and occupational therapists), vocational rehabilitation counselors, parents, advocates, and or any individual who is interested in expanding his/her knowledge in the area of transition-focused special education. This graduate-level program will equip candidates with specialized knowledge and skills in transition-related legislations and policies, transition procedures, best practices in transition, transition focused instruction and curriculum, and interagency collaboration, so they can become field leaders to facilitate transition planning and incorporate effective transition services as mandated by Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).

Application Requirements

Candidates who wish to apply to the Transition to Work Endorsement program must meet the following requirements.

  1. Prerequisite Degree – The applicant must possess a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Minimum GPA – The applicant must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 at the undergraduate level leading to the Bachelor Degree.
  3. Teaching License – The applicant must posses a current valid teaching licensure or current valid administrator licensure.

Application Fee

  • Fall 2021: Application fee is waived, ask your Enrollment Services Advisor for more details.
  • Domestic Applicants: $20
  • International Applicants: $25
Complete Online Application
Fall Application Deadline: July 1, 2021

Academic Calendar

Don’t miss out on getting your Transition to Work Endorsement! For all of the important deadlines and semester start dates, take a look at this program’s academic calendar below.

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FALL 2021
Application DeadlineApril 1, 2021July 1, 2021November 15, 2021
Confirmation DeadlineApril 15, 2021August 1, 2021December 15, 2021
Classes StartMay 10, 2021August 23, 2021January 10, 2022


The Transition to Work Endorsement takes 12 credit hours to complete and can be finished in a year. This program consists of the four (4) required graduate-level courses below, which all may be applied towards the Master’s in Special Education.


Transition to Work Endorsement: Legal and Ethical Foundations

Legal and ethical foundation knowledge for the Ohio transition to work specialist endorsement.

3 Semester Credits


Transition to Work Endorsement: Assessment and Planning Learning Environments and Supports

This course provides information on appropriate assessment and the application of this assessment to planning, implementing, and evaluating learning environments and supports in the transition to work.

3 Semester Credits


Transition to Work Endorsement: Collaboration and Teaming

This course explores the role of the transition to work specialist in collaboration and serving effectively as a member of a team on behalf of students with disabilities.

3 Semester Credits


Transition to Work Endorsement: Clinical Experience

This clinical experience engages students in the role of transition to work specialist, putting content knowledge into practice.

3 Semester Credits


*Fee susceptible to 30% discount. Ask your Enrollment Services Advisor.

Program FeePart-Time (total cost per credit hour)
Instructional Fee$662.00*
General Fee$107.00*
ITIE Fee$54.00*
Distance Learning Fee$78.00
Total Cost per Credit (Resident)$742.00
Non-Resident Surcharge$15.00
Total Cost per Credit (Non-Resident)$757.00
Costs are subject to change at any time. Full-Time total costs are total tuition costs per semester.

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