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Secondary Transition Specialist Add-On

This South Carolina endorsement prepares educators to serve as postsecondary transition specialists who plan for students to move from school to adult life. A postsecondary transition specialist focuses on preparing students for all post-school outcomes (e.g., college attendance, employment, independent living). These educators will design programs for all students, with an emphasis on students with disabilities and students at-risk for dropping out of school.

The following University of South Carolina courses meet the current South Carolina add-on requirements for the Secondary Transition Specialist endorsement. All courses are offered online.

South Carolina Add-On Requirements for Secondary Transition Specialist University of South Carolina Course
Introduction to Special Education (3 hours) EDEX 523 - Introduction to Exceptional Children (3)
Foundations of Secondary Transition (3 hours) EDEX 794 - Foundations of Secondary Transition Planning and Supports for Individuals with Disabilities (3)
Secondary Transition Assessment, Planning, and Program Development (3 hours) EDEX 760 - Secondary Transition Assessment, Planning, and Program Development (3)
Career Preparation and Employment (3 hours) EDEX 762 - Career Preparation and Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (3)
Integrating Secondary Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, and Transition Programs (3 hours) EDEX 763 - Integrated Secondary Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, and Transition Programs (3)
Promoting Student Outcomes through Collaboration (3 hours) EDEX 761 - Promoting Student Outcomes Through Collaboration
Practicum in Secondary Transition EDEX 794 (listed above) includes practicum experience


In order to gain the add-on endorsement in secondary transition, in addition to completing the above coursework with a grade of C or better, teachers must have:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  2. Initial or Professional certificate at the early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, or PK–12 level; 

Add-on endorsement is determined and granted by the South Carolina Department of Education. We recommend that you contact the South Carolina Department of Education prior to beginning any coursework to determine steps to add-on endorsement areas. Refer to the South Carolina Guidelines and Requirements for Adding Certification Fields and Endorsements for the most current add-on requirements as they are subject to change.

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