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Transition and Career Studies

Transition and Career Studies
Georgian Court University
Transition and Career Studies
Transition & Career Studies at Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 8701
Program Contact Dr. Sharlene Smith
Program Contact Email
Phone 732-987-2658
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

About TCS: The Transition and Career Studies (TCS) at Georgian Court University (GCU) is a four-year transition and post-secondary inclusive college-based program for students with intellectual disabilities. TCS is a residential program with a strong career-development focus, embedded in a small, private, Catholic liberal arts university. TCS students will be supported - both academically and socially - by trained peer mentors and full-time professional staff for enhanced social and support and a rich campus life experience throughout their time at GCU.

Curriculum: TCS is a 121-credit non-degree certificate program that features core GCU courses, electives, academic and support courses, career courses and internships. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a board-certified GCU certificate of completion. In the TCS program, our students receive the benefits of a full GCU college experience. Our beautiful campus is inspiring, yet secure, pairing students’ growing independence with the peace of mind that comes from our uniquely caring environment.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 8
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: on-going
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 78.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 75.00%
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

50% GCU inclusive courses where all the students are required to take some mandatory courses such as first-year seminar and composition courses, and elective courses of their choice.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

25% Academic and social support courses to make sure that all the students are keeping track of their work and receiving any academic supports they need, and also to make sure that they are appropriately integrated into the life of the campus. 25% Career development and internships/practicum courses that help the students identify career goals and participate in activities that support future employment.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Board-certified Certificate of Completion in Transition and Career Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation