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Course Descriptions

The Kent State TTW endorsement leads to a single qualification applicable to all former transition roles (e.g. Work Study Coordinator, Vocational Special Education Coordinator, Job Training Coordinator or Career Assessment Specialist). With field experience, this program prepares graduate students to support youth with disabilities in their transition planning and services. Students may want to inquire about obtaining a masters degree in special education or some other individualized program in conjunction with completing endorsement requirements. The TTW coursework and field activities address specific competencies related to transition specialist knowledge and skills as defined by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC, 2001). If the applicant is licensed as a Career/ Technical Educator, the following courses should be completed before the endorsement coursework.

Special Education Licensure Courses (not on the web)

SPED

63200

Introduction to Exceptionalities or SPED 63201

3

SPED

53010

Family and Professional Collaboration

3

SPED

53030

Classroom and Behavior Management I

3

SPED

53050

Characteristics of Students with Mild/Moderate 

Intervention Needs

3

SPED

53051

Characteristics of Students with Moderate/Intensive 

Intervention Needs

3

If the applicant is licensed as an Intervention Specialist, only the following courses must be taken. Previous coursework from other universities may be transferred toward the TTW, if they are equivalent.

Transition Endorsement Courses (in order that they are generally taken)

SPED

53070

Planning and Programming for Transition

3

RHAB

67732

Occupational Aspects of Disability

3

CTTE

66001

Principles and Practices in Vocational Education

3

CTTE

56019

Coordination in Vocational Cooperative Education Programs

3

SPED

54161

Transition Programs and Services

3

SPED

63992

Advanced Practicum SPED: Transition

3

The following TTW courses are described in order of delivery:

  • SPED 53070 Planning and Programming for Transition. This course addresses life-span community participation and the planning, support, development, and services and key transition stakeholders available to accomplish it. In addition, a foundation for the transition experiences of students with disabilities will be provided by introducing the rationale, legislation, philosophical basis, and empirically supported best practices associated with transition services. This course is offered during the fall semester in a hybrid webcourse format.
  • RHAB 67732 Occupational Aspects of Disability. This course provides an introduction to the rehabilitation services system. It covers a wide range of occupational and vocational analyses and rehabilitation services, as well as how rehabilitation views the process of job analysis, job seeking, job placement, job restructuring, work adjustment, and independent living approaches. This course is offered during the spring semester in a hybrid webcourse format.
  • CTTE 66001 Principles and Practices in Career and Technical Education. This course provides an understanding of how to work with the career and technical education system. It covers program principles, current practices, and trends relating to modern programs of career and technical education and relationships to the total plan of public education. This course is offered in a workshop format over the summer semester.
  • CTTE 56019 Coordination in Cooperative Education Programs. This course covers the duties, problems, and techniques of home, school, and work coordination. An emphasis is placed on the selection of training stations, job development, servicing the job station, and coordinating classroom instruction with work experience. This course is offered during the fall semester as a webcourse.
  • SPED 54161 Transition Programs and Services. This course focuses on interagency collaboration and how to adapt transition program attributes and structures to the needs of students with disabilities. Through the development and coordination of interagency transition teams, transition services are evaluated and specific programmatic needs identified. This course provides the framework for enhancing transition programs during the final course of the TTW. This course is offered during the spring semester as a hybrid webcourse.
  • SPED 63992 Transition Practicum. The Transition Practicum is a continuation of the collaborative activities initiated in the previous course. Based on evaluative and brainstorming activities, interagency transition teams develop goals, objectives, and timelines for changing transition program services at their individual districts. This course is offered during the fall semester as a hybrid webcourse.

The TTW coursework is primarily offered as hybrid webcourses. These courses are taught predominantly over the internet with four meeting dates during the semester. Due to the nature of coursework delivery, the minimum computer requirements include:

  • Supported Operating Systems (fully updated): Mac OS X 10.1. x; Mac OS X 10.2. x; Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition; Microsoft Windows 2000; Microsoft Windows XP; and Microsoft Vista 2007.