The Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment (CITE)
The mission of the Center for Innovation in Transition and Employment is supporting quality lives for people with disabilities. The center provides leadership in the College and Graduate School of Education and across the region for developing successful transition practices which lead to positive outcomes for people with disabilities. The center provides a rich array of leadership activities to graduate students in which students use state-of-the-art practices learned in classes in a curriculum which combines theory and practice. Graduate students gain practical experience working with students with disabilities and collaborating with professionals in the field. Financial support is available to eligible students with an interest in transition services.
- Preparing transition leaders: Graduate programs with an emphasis in transition are available at the masters and doctoral level. Collaborative and field-based personnel preparation are the hallmarks of projects which support full and part-time students with tuition waivers and stipends. Model transition programs provide field sites for instilling transition competencies.
- Translating research into practice: Programs of personnel development, outreach, research, and technical assistance focus on realizing the potential of the knowledge base in transition. Knowledge and issues from collaborating schools and agencies are used as context to test promising practices from the literature.
- Promoting effective policies and programs: Dissemination and policy advocacy of Center projects and staff are geared to “getting the word out” and to work toward greater use of transition policies and practices that work. Materials, products, and research findings are designed and delivered in numerous formats to be user-friendly and have favorable impacts.