Transitional Programs and Career Readiness for Individuals with Disabilities

Academic School Year Transition Program Information 

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is challenging for young adults with learning disabilities. The William Paterson University School of Continuing and Professional Education offers School Districts the opportunity to enroll their 11th, 12th, and transitional students in multiple certification programs. This program is specifically designed for students with an IEP and/or 504s.

The Transition program provides students ages 18 to 21 with college and career pathways, preparing them to live successful and independent lives. We provide opportunities for students to receive industry certifications and exposure to college life while also teaching students how to advocate for themselves. William Paterson University is prepared to provide the following Transitional Programs to during the Academic Year:

  • Academic and Career Readiness Dual Enrollment Programs for Grade 11
  • Professional Certification Dual Enrollment / Non-degree Programs for Grade 12
  • Post-high school Transition Program (ages 18 – 21)
  • Program is available to young adults ages 21+ on a case-by-case basis.
  • Self-Advocacy and Social-emotional Skills workshops for students with Intellectual Disabilities (ages 18 -21).


Program Goals

The goal is to foster a positive academic transition to high school and early preparation for post-secondary and National Professional Certifications and entry-level job placement. Students will have the opportunity to experience college life, acquire social skills and career awareness, and earn professional certifications to become marketable in the industry of their choice. Also, enter directly into the workplace after high school graduation if desired. The program will provide a structured learning experience (SLE); and community-based instruction for students to develop the skills needing for job placement assistance at the successful completion of the certificate program.

Program Benefits

Students with learning disabilities will benefit from attending the William Paterson University non-degree professional certification transition programs through the following:

  • Students can earn a Professional Certificate in a credentialed career path of their interest.
  • Students can earn High School Credits while participating in the certificate program if needed.
  • Students will further learn and develop life skills, including but not limited to time management, healthy relationship management, public speaking skills, and goal setting.
  • Students will be exposed to college life and given mentorship opportunities by current WP college students to help develop social skills.
  • Students will develop career readiness skills, including but not limited to interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, research skills, and writing skills.
  • Students will learn job readiness skills (interview skills and job search) and develop a career portfolio to be marketable for competitive employment.
  • Students will prepare academically for post-secondary career training.

Additional Information 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who can attend the program?

A: Students ages 18 to 21 who have an IEP or 504.


Q: Where is the program held?  

A: The program runs at William Paterson University. Monday – Thursday we run the program at one of our satellite campuses, 1800 Valley Rd. Fridays we are on the main campus.  


Q: How many days a week does the program run?

A: We offer a 4-day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) schedule and a 5-day (Monday – Friday) schedule.


Q: How long is the program?

A: We offer the Transition Program from early September to early June and follow both the district and University schedules for holidays and breaks. Students can attend for just one year or all three years depending on their age and needs.


Q: What does this program offer?

A: We offer both college and career readiness. Students can receive an industry certification and also learn about the college landscape.


Q: Does the student need to be sponsored by their district to attend?

A: No! We accept private registration as well as district sponsorship.


Q: How do I enroll my child?

A: If they are sponsored through their school, you initiate the process during an IEP meeting the year prior to attending. If you are enrolling them privately, contact us for the intake survey and registration link.


Q: When does enrollment open?

A: We have a rolling enrollment process so you can enroll any time for next academic year (FA23 & SP24)


Q: I’m interested in the program but not sure of the next steps. What should I do?

A: Contact us at for a recommendation on the next steps.

Contact Information 

Kim Wolfe, MSW
Interim Assistant Director, Pre-College Youth Programs
School of Continuing and Professional Education
William Paterson University
1800 Valley Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470
973-720-3804 (office), 973-390-2236 (cell)

Summer Transition Programs Information

William Paterson University is offering a summer transition programs for high school students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and/or 504 plans. The programs are designed to provide students with guidance, self-awareness, and self-advocacy skill development, as well as the opportunity to explore the ingredients for academic success. The programs are open enrollment based on fit and availability.


“Friday I spent a few minutes reaching out to the parents of our students in [the Educational Transition] program and they raved about it!  They were very pleased with how things were going and that their children are engaged and enjoying themselves.  I wanted to let you know how happy they were! This was a shining moment during a difficult time and I am so happy they are doing so well.”

-Cristophher Foglio, Assistant Principal, Secondary Student Support Services, Wayne Township Public Schools

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(973) 720-3804