Special Education Transition to Adulthood Online Graduate Certificate – UConn eCampus


Many individuals struggle with the transition to adulthood, but individuals with disabilities require particular and sometimes, unique support. To help professional support this group in the NEAG School of Education, -in partnership with the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, created the 12 credit online graduate certificate entitled “Special Education Transition to Adulthood”. My name is [Alison] Lombardi And I’m an assistant professor at the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut. My research focuses entirely on the transition from high school college and careers for adolescents with disabilities. I teach two courses in the certificate program. The first is entitled “Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities” and the second is “Policy, Law, and Ethics in Special Education”. These courses provide the basic information regarding the legal basis for transition, as well as the current state of evidence-based transition practices. These courses provide the foundation for the applied coursework in the remaining courses. My name is Nick Gelbar, and I’m one of the faculty at the UConn University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. I teach the remaining two courses “Advanced Topics in Secondary Transition” and “Capstone in Secondary Transition”. The Advanced Topics course goes into more depth regarding the process of assessing and providing programming for individuals with disabilities. While the capstone course allows individuals in the certificate to receive mentoring experience and to create an individualized learning experience to develop the knowledge and skills working with specific populations or settings

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