Transition: Changing the Outcomes

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Course Overview:

This five-week interactive course includes a variety of class activities to examine the strategies and use of evidence-based transition practices for transition planning to promote positive student outcomes, increase knowledge of transition assessments, and explore options to prepare students for postsecondary education and or training, competitive employment and living, and participating in communities.

Intended Audience:

This course is targeted for middle and high school special educators in Virginia who interest in learning more about transition for youth with disabilities. However, any individual who has an interest in learning more about evidence-based transition practices for transition planning are still encouraged to participate in this course. Registration is open to the first 100 who enroll.

Recertification Hours:

This course is graded on a pass/fail basis and the only final grades available are P (pass) or F (fail). If the course is passed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion with 45 points that can be used for recertification if approved by your building administrator.

You are expected to complete the entire course in order to receive a certificate. The school district will be responsible for designating the actual number of points that a teacher can earn for participating in this online course.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Credits:

The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) 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 45 CRC credits and/or the certificate of completion.


Lesson 1:    Transition: Past and Present
Lesson 2:    Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment: Let the data do the talking
Lesson 3:    Competitive Employment: Preparing a 21st century workforce
Lesson 4:    Postsecondary Education and Training: Opening doors to opportunities
Lesson 5:    Living and Participating in Communities: Planning for the future

Pace of the Course:

This is an online course offered through VCU's Center on Transition Innovations. Please note that this is NOT a self-paced course. You will have assignments and due dates that must be adhered to. The course consists of 5 lessons. You will work your way through one lesson at a time completing course activities which include:

  • Video presentations
  • Interactive learning activities
  • Group discussion boards facilitated by a professional in transition
  • Assignments

Course Requirements:

Participants are to complete all course activities which include narrated lectures and videos, readings, discussion boards, learning activities, and assignments.