Online Degree Programs

Transition to Work Endorsement Curriculum

Now only 12 credit hours of coursework:

SPED 5170     Supporting Youth and Adults with Disabilities Living and Working in the Community. An in-depth study of strategies linking youth and adults with disabilities to avenues that lead to productive and fulfilling employment and community living.  Special emphasis will be on supported employment and the development of successful business partnerships to create jobs and careers for people with disabilities. 3 credits  

SPED 5250     Career and Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities.  This course surveys career and vocational education activities for youths with disabilities. Special emphasis is placed on developing and implementing and Individualized transition Plan and understanding the various school and adult agency providers that impact on transition services. 3 credits

SPED 6250     Issues and Research In Transition and Post-Secondary Outcomes for Students with Disabilities. An in-depth study of transition issues such as legal issues, best practices in vocational evaluation, transition outcomes, current accountability issues, interagency/team collaboration, program development, implementation and evaluation. 3 credits 

SPED 6940     Externship in Transition.  A culminating experience that may include working with students/adults with disabilities and/ or collaborating with school and agency personnel related to transition to work. 3 credits 

Program Design

The Transition-to-Work (TTW) endorsement program is designed for teachers licensed as intervention specialists (special education) or vocational educators. The TTW endorsement leads to a qualification applicable to all former transition roles such as Work Study Coordinator, Vocational Special Education Coordinator (VOSE), Career Assessment Specialist, and Job Training Coordinators.

The TTW endorsement is based on the competencies identified by the Ohio Board of Regents/Department of Education. This program prepares graduate students to support youth with disabilities in their transition planning and services. Please review the course list here. Many students choose to pair a certificate with a degree program. Applicants may obtain a master’s degree in special education in conjunction with the transition to work endorsement requirements.


The University of Toledo is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission located at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500; Chicago, IL 60604. (800) 621-7440. The current list of individual program accreditations and endorsements can be found on the provost’s page.

The Judith Herb College of Education at The University of Toledo is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) from fall 2016 to fall 2023. The accreditation does not include individual education courses that the EPP offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

State Departments of Education set requirements for educator licensure and certification. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to The University of Toledo, Judith Herb College of Education online program for endorsement, initial educator certification, or licensure in their home state contact their home state’s Department of Education to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for those credentials. The website of The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification has a directory of state offices of certification.


Interested persons should contact:

Dr. Patricia Devlin
Department of Early Childhood, Physical, and Special Education

Last Updated: 11/25/19