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M.Ed. in Special Education with a Concentration in Transition Leadership

Graduate Certificate In Special Education with a Concentration in
Transition Leadership

…A new degree and/or certificate track for        The graduate degree and certification            Core courses for M. Ed in Special Education
those who are interested in supporting students   curriculum includes online course work,            Degree Track with a Concentration in
with disabilities during their transition from    applied learning opportunities, and field-                 Transition Leadership
high school to postsecondary activities.          based support. Through this advanced                        (All 3-credit hours)
                                                  training, students in the programs will
The Program Description                                                                            Program of     Courses
                                                  gain the skills necessary to focus on
Pending final academic review* and MA             employment, college preparation, and
                                                  independent living skills for students           Secondary      SPE G 657: Transition Topics
Department of Elementary and Secondary
                                                  with disabilities ages 14–22. They               Transition
Education (DESE) approval, the University
of Massachusetts Boston will offer a new          will also develop the leadership skills          Education      EDC G 606: Sociocultural
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special            necessary to promote system-wide                                Foundations on Education
Education and a Graduate Certificate in           transition supports and services in              Secondary      SPE G 654: Youth Development
Special Education leading to Massachusetts        their school district. Graduates of the          Transition     & Self-Determination
state endorsement in Transition Services.         program can expect to find employment
                                                                                                   Special        SPE G 629 Consultation and
These programs are housed within                  opportunities in secondary schools,
                                                                                                   Education      Interpersonal Skills
the Special Education Program in the              transition programs, and college
Department of Curriculum and Instruction.         programs that support transition-aged            Special        SPE G 684 Technologies
They are being developed in response to           students with disabilities.                      Education      in Special Education
education legislation in Massachusetts—                                                            Secondary      SPE G 655: Career Develop &
                                                  There are two graduate options for
specifically, Chapter 51 of the Acts of                                                            Transition     Competitive Employment
                                                  the Transition Leadership program,
2012: An Act Relative to Students in                                                               Secondary      SPE G 656: Postsecondary
                                                  including a Master’s in Education and a
Postsecondary Education, Employment and                                                            Transition     Education for Students w/
                                                  graduate certificate option.
Independent Living.                                                                                               Disabilities

This legislation, signed into law on March        Master’s in Education in Special                 Counseling     COUNSL 612: Vocational
9, 2012, promotes a new state endorsement         Education with a Concentration                                  Rehabilitation & Placement
for transition specialists in Massachusetts.      in Transition Leadership                         Special        SPE G 698 Practicum:
The University of Massachusetts Boston has                                                         Education      Transition Leadership I
                                                  The M.Ed. in Special Education with a
received federal and state support to design                                                       Secondary      SPE G 658: Transition
                                                  concentration in Transition Leadership
and implement the specialized courses                                                              Transition     Leadership
                                                  requires the completion of 36 graduate
resulting in state endorsement. We are
                                                  academic credits from a transdisciplinary        Special        SPE G 692 Capstone Research
currently recruiting initially licensed special
                                                  course of study, pre-practicum fieldwork         Education      Seminar in Special Education
educators and vocational rehabilitation
                                                  and a two-semester practicum. Through            Special        SPE G 698 Practicum:
counselors who wish to obtain an education
                                                  federal funding, financial assistance is         Education      Transition Leadership II
specialist endorsement in transition
                                                  available for candidates who are enrolled in
services. Students enrolled and accepted                                                           Special        SPE G 698 Practicum:
                                                  this program.
into the full master’s degree program are                                                          Education      Transition Leadership II
eligible for federal scholarship.

* The Transition Specialist program is currently being reviewed by the University of Massachusetts governing committees and should complete
full approval during the Fall 2012 semester. Students who are interested in the program can enroll in two assigned courses in Fall 2012 as non-
matriculated students. Once the program is approved, they can apply to the program by submitting the required documents to the Graduate
Admissions (see Application Process for details). When accepted, they can transfer the earned credits (6) into the program in Spring 2013.
                                     COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

        Graduate Certificate                                                                                  Application Process                          Such evidence will include:
        For those professionals with a master’s                                                               Admission to the Transition Leadership         Letter of Intent. This letter must clearly
        degree in fields such as Special Education,                                                           program begins with an initial interview       explain the applicant’s reasons for
        Rehabilitation Counseling, School                                                                     and informational meeting with Dr. Maria       pursing a graduate study in the field of
        Guidance, or School Psychology, a five-                                                               Paiewonsky, Project Director, and Dr. Lusa     Transition Leadership.
        course, yearlong practicum Graduate                                                                   Lo, Special Education Graduate Program         Grade Point Average. A minimum
        Certificate in Transition Leadership is                                                               Director.                                      cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is
        being offered.                                                                                                                                       required for admission to the program.
                                                                                                                 Contact information
                Core Courses for the Graduate                                                                                                                Letters of Recommendation. Three
                                                                                                                 Maria Paiewonsky, Ed.D.
              Certificate in Transition Leadership                                                                                                           letters of recommendation must
                                                                                                                 Transition Program Project Director
                       (All 3-credit hours)                                                                                                                  be submitted by persons who are
                                                                                                                 University of Massachusetts Boston
                                                                                                                                                             knowledgeable about supporting
      Program of                          Courses                                                                Office phone: (617) 287-7697
                                                                                                                                                             students with disabilities, who have
      Study                                                                                                      Cell phone: (617) 416-9346
                                                                                                                                                             worked closely with the applicant,
      Secondary                           SPE G 657: Transition                                                  Email:
                                                                                                                                                             and who have direct knowledge of
      Transition                          Topics                                                                                                             the applicant’s transition skills and
                                                                                                              Following this meeting, applicants will
      Secondary                           SPE G 654: Youth                                                    be invited to submit a full application to     academic performance.
      Transition                          Development & Self-                                                 the Office of Graduate Admissions. All         License Information: Documentation
                                          Determination                                                       materials and correspondence should            that certifies that the applicant is an
      Secondary                           SPE G 655: Career                                                   be directed to the Office of Graduate          initially licensed special educator or
      Transition                          Develop & Competitive                                               Admissions, Campus Center, Upper               vocational rehabilitation counselor.
                                          Employment                                                          Level, UMass Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd.,
                                                                                                                                                             Writing Sample. A writing sample
      Secondary                           SPE G 656: Postsecondary                                            Boston, MA 02125.
                                                                                                                                                             indicating the applicant’s ability to write
      Transition                          Education for Students w/                                                                                          in a clear, concise, and professional
                                                                                                              You can apply online by visiting www.umb.
                                          Disabilities                                                                                                       manner is needed. This sample may
                                                                                                              edu/admissions/grad or order admission
      Secondary                           SPE G 658: Transition                                               information by calling 617-287-6400.           be in the form of a recent term paper.
      Transition                          Leadership                                                          The application is in the back of the          A priority for the College of Education
                                                                                                              bulletin. Project staff will recommend for     and Human Development is that the
      SPE G 698                           SPE G 698 Practicum:
                                                                                                              admission those applicants who present         students who graduate are thoughtful
                                          Transition Leadership I
                                                                                                              evidence of their ability to do graduate       and responsive educators, and
      SPE G 698                           SPE G 698 Practicum:                                                                                               committed to change for social justice.
                                                                                                              work with distinction.
                                          Transition Leadership II                                                                                           Please ensure that your writing sample
                                                                                                                                                             demonstrates how you and your work
                                                                                                                Application Deadlines: May 1 for             match such a description. Your writing
                                                                                                                Fall admission and November 1                sample should also exemplify the
                                                                                                                for Spring admission.                        experiences or values in your life that
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