Get Ready for Independent Living

Course Overview

Introducing CTI’s latest online course “Get Ready for Independent Living.” This course will help you identify what independent living skills are, why they are important, and figure out what you need to do to be ready for living independently. "Get Ready for Independent Living” will build your skills for success in adult life.

Organization of Course

The course is self-paced and divided into four lessons. Self-paced allows you to have access to narrated, recorded presentations and resources for you to review at your own pace. Please note, this course does not have an assigned instructor, however, at any time, you can visit the course "web board" and post questions you have regarding any of the lesson topics.


Whether you're a student, educator, school counselor, vocational rehabilitation counselor, family member, or an individual with a disability who wants to learn more about preparing for independent living, "Get Ready for Independent Living" will provide you with the information necessary to walk you through this process.

Students, grades 6-12, who are interested in preparing for independent living and have a desire to take a self-paced online class to learn more about the skills and knowledge necessary for independent living.

Teachers, school counselors,vocational rehabilitation counselors, and family members interested in utilizing the course content to equip individual students or groups who are interested in gaining information to live independently. 

Course Certificate

Upon completion of the course in its entirety, you will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. This requires participants to view the presentations and resources for each lesson. After you have completed the lessons, please fill out the course evaluation. Once the evaluation is completed, you will be provided with a link for a printable Certificate of Completion.

Number of Hours to Complete the Course

This virtual course will take students approximately 10 hours to view the presentations and complete the activities. For educators and other stakeholders, this course will take approximately 5 hours to complete the presentations and review the resources. Educators who want to use these hours as a professional development activity for recertification will need prior approval from the school division. Each division will be responsible for designating the actual number of points that an educator can earn for participation.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Credits

The Center on Transition Innovations offers free online courses that are pre-approved for CRC credits. Participants must finish all required assignments within a specified time frame to be eligible to receive 10 CRC credits and/or the certificate of completion.

Course Requirements

To participate, you will need a computer with (preferably high-speed) internet access and speakers or headphones in order to listen to the lectures (full text transcripts are provided for all lectures and multimedia).