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Transition and Career Studies

Transition and Career Studies
Georgian Court University
Transition and Career Studies
900 Lakewood Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697
Program Contact Dr. Sharlene Smith, Program Coordinator or Tammy Laverty, Staff Assistant
Phone 732-987-2659
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Transition and Career Studies (TCS) at Georgian Court University is a four-year residential transition and postsecondary inclusive college-based program for students with intellectual disabilities. TCS admitted our first cohort of students in Fall of 2021.  TCS is a residential program with a strong career-development focus, embedded in a small, private, Catholic liberal arts university. The program is grounded in GCU’s core values of respect, integrity, justice, compassion, and service. 

Program information submitted: March 25, 2021

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: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: 4/15/2021 (But we have rolling admissions on a space-available basis) NOTE: This is the deadline for F2021 only.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
  • Students must be able to manage their own medications (if any) and activities of daily living. Students must be able to read and write.

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • We do not have restrictions on which disabilities students may have, but we do not yet have any students in the program.
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 0.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 0.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

We will be accepting our first students for Fall 2021.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $33843.00
Room and board: $11424.00
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)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available:

We have not yet established scholarships, but are actively working to develop a scholarship program. We are also applying for CTP status and anticipate having that status before F2021.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students take general education courses on a not-for-credit basis, with accommodations and modified requirements. In addition, students select elective credits in a person-centered planning process.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes:

Courses that are designated for TCS students fall in two major categories: These include courses designed to provide academic and social support for students, and career-readiness courses, including practica and internships.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: The certificate is a Georgian Court University Board-certified Certificate of Completion.
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
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%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Participants complete practica in their second and third years, and internships in their fourth year. All GCU students complete service learning, and TCS students will participate in this as well.

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
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

We don't have any students on our campus yet, so they have not yet participated in any programming, but they will have access to our student life programming.