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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 08701-2697
Program Contact Dr. Sharlene Smith, Program Coordinator
Program Contact Email
Phone 732-987-2658
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Transition and Career Studies (TCS) at Georgian Court University is a four-year, certificate-based, residential transition and postsecondary inclusive college-based program for students with intellectual disabilities. TCS students live on campus in a fully inclusive residence hall and receive a GCU board-certified certificate of completion upon fulfilling all program requirements.

The TCS program is embedded in a small, private, comprehensive liberal arts university in the Catholic tradition. GCU offers a curriculum that is broad enough to be truly liberal yet specialized enough to provide in-depth preparation for careers or further study. The private and secure campus is set on a magnificent 156-acre estate formerly belonging to financier George Jay Gould. It is conveniently situated 60 miles from New York and Philadelphia, and only 10 miles from the Jersey Shore.

This program has the distinction of being a federally designated comprehensive transition program. If students with intellectual disabilities are attending a CTP (comprehensive transition program), they are able to use federal financial aid to help pay the cost of attendance.

Mission Statement:

The TCS program strives to teach students how to develop the necessary skills to help prepare them for independent living, self-advocacy, decision making, employment and life after college. The program is grounded in GCU’s core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service.

Program information submitted: February 28, 2022

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 4
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: We begin reviewing applications on 11/15 but we have rolling admissions on a space-available basis.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25 at start of program
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • All applicants must have an intellectual disability, but they can have other disabiltiies in addition.
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 0.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: We had no students in 2020-21; this year is our first cohort, so we have no retention data.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $33843.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $11424.00
Program fees: $0.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • 529 Accounts
Scholarships available: Because we are a CTP, students may be eligible for Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and federal work-study. We have a limited number of GCU scholarships, but these are not guaranteed.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students take approximately 60 credits of inclusive GCU coursework in the course of 4 years.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students take academic and social support courses as well as career exploration and career readiness courses.
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: Transition and Career Studies Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? We are developing a menu of industry-valued credentials but do not have a list at this time.
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
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students develop career goals through a process of person-centered planning; practicum and internship experiences will be based on those goals.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
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
  • 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