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Certificate of Graduate Study (C.G.S.) in Transition for Youth with Exceptionalities

The Certificate of Graduate Study in Transition for Youth with Exceptionalities is a 15-credit, 2-year program designed to provide focused graduate study to prepare professionals to implement effective, research-based transition practices to improve transition outcomes for youth with exceptionalities. The CGS was driven by regional need and was developed in collaboration with the Sherlock Center on Disabilities. The program's purpose is to extend professionals' knowledge and skills and ultimately the capacity of professionals, school districts, community providers, etc., to effectively support Rhode Island youth as they transition to post-school life.

Admission Requirements

  1. A completed application form accompanied by a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate records.
  3. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a 3.0 G.P.A.
  4. Professional references from persons acquainted with the academic aptitude of the applicant.
  5. Performance-based evaluation.
  6. Professional Goals Essay.
  7. Resume.

Course Requirements






DIS 451

Introduction to Transition to Adult Life



DIS 551

Starting the Transition Journey



DIS 552

Transition in the Middle Years



DIS 553

Completing the Transition Journey



Total Credit Hours: 15

This program is currently being offered in collaboration with the Paul. V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities. Applications for admission will not be processed until all materials have been received by the Feinstein School of Education and Human Development. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but to ensure consideration for fall matriculation, please submit complete applications by May 1.

Paul LaCava
Associate Professor
Bldg. 2 Rm 123
(401) 456-9703

Page last updated: February 16, 2021