USU Transition Specialist Program

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Why Apply?

You will be prepared to be an inter-disciplinary transition service provider equipped with skills and knowledge necessary to work collaboratively with youth who have disabilities, their families, and other agencies towards successful post-school outcomes. Transition competency domains include:

  • Assessment
  • Student-Focused Planning
  • Student Development
  • Interagency Collaboration
  • Program Structure
  • Family Involvement
  • Professionalism

Timeline and Tasklist

Step One - Now Prepare for the GRE. Draft the letter of intent (e.g. a statement of personal goals and reasons for seeking admission). Contact three persons to write letters of recommendation to the graduate school. See all procedures at the USU Special Education Admissions and the USU School of Graduate Studies Admissions.

Step Two - January, 2017Take the GRE exam.  Official GRE exam results are received in two weeks.  This allows time to retake the exam if necessary.  Follow up on letters of recommendation.  Submit draft of letter of intent to a friend for editing.  Complete Application for Admission from the School of Graduate Studies.

Step Three - Early February, 2017Final preparations and organization. Make sure letters of recommendation have been sent to the graduate school.  Write a final draft of the letter of intent.  Contact http://www.usu.edu/graduateschool/apply/

Step Four - March 1st, 2017By the first of March, submit the application, letter of intent, and official transcripts. See application procedures at http://www.usu.edu/Graduateschool/apply/. Make sure the letters of recommendation and GRE results have been submitted to the graduate school.

Step Five - March 15th, 2017 (approximate)Decisions are rendered by the Masters Committee on student’s application.  Soon thereafter, students will be notified of the decision.


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Minimum Requirements

The following are considered minimum requirements for admission to the special education master's program:

  • Grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of college work
  • Graduate Record Examination test with scores at or above the 40th percentile
  • Recommendations for graduate study from people well acquainted with the applicant's academic and/or professional experience or potential

Applicants are strongly encouraged to have had teaching experience.

Why Utah State University?

Fast Facts about our Department

Utah State University - Special Education and Rehabiltiation


  • We consistently rank in the top 20 programs in the U.S. News & World Report Annual Survey of Graduate Programs in the United States.
  • We offer innovative distance Masters degree programs in Rehabilitation Counseling and Special Education.
  • Yearly, students complete more than 3,000 practicum hours and 14,000 internship hours serving people with disabilities.
  • Utah State University's Special Education program offers all areas of licensure in Utah in Special Education.