CTCI conducts ongoing research, and evaluation activities to determine how, when, and under what circumstances students and youth with disabilities achieve successful careers, and to disseminate results and recommendations to the field.  

Maryland Promise 
This is the Promise logo.Maryland PROMISE (Promoting Readiness for Minors in Supplemental Security Income) was a major grant funded by the US Department of Education awarded to the Maryland Department of Disabilities in 2013.  PROMISE was a large-scale randomized control study to test a collaborative, career-focused intervention designed to increase the likelihood that students who receive Supplemental Security Income in Maryland, and their families, will experience better post-school employment outcomes, increased earnings, and decreased public income support. In partnership with Maryland Department of Disabilities, CTCI faculty and staff are disseminating best practices and recommendations for future policy and programs.


Way2Work Maryland 
This is the Way2Work logo.Funded by the US Department of Education, CTCI staff and the Maryland State Division of Rehabilitation Services are partnering in the implementation and evaluation of a five-year randomized, controlled study called Way2Work Maryland, initiated in 2016.  A model intervention is being tested in eight Maryland local school districts. The project features work-based learning components and interagency collaboration to improve career and academic outcomes for students with disabilities exiting secondary school. The project will analyze both student and system outcomes as part of a summative evaluation.

Maryland Transition Tracker

This is the MSDE logo.Faculty from CTCI, in partnership with software design engineers from University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS) are developing a user-friendly, accessible, secure software program to track transition services received and post school outcomes achieved by students with disabilities across all school districts in Maryland. In collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education’s Division of Early Intervention and Special Education, and the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the digital tracker will be piloted in 2019 and subsequently rolled-out in school districts throughout the state.  


Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on VR Practices and Youth

RRTC LogoFunded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research, the RRTC is a partnership between CTCI faculty, TransCen, Inc., and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., to undertake ongoing academic analysis, policy development, and in-the-field practice as it relates to students and youth with disabilities making the transition from school-to-careers. CTCI faculty are leading specific national research studies that examine the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to students with disabilities as adjuncts to their educational services. This 5-year project will culminate with a collaborative State of the Science Summit for leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

Graduate Certificate in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition

COE logo centeredThe Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education offers a Graduate Certificate in Applied Counseling and Human Services with an emphasis on Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition. This one-year academic program consists of four dynamic courses (12 graduate credit hours) filled with the latest in best practices, nationally recognized instructors and award-winning content, specifically designed for working professionals. Courses may be transferred to relevant degree programs in rehabilitation and special education. Applicants must be employed in an eligible special education, rehabilitation, or related program. For more information, contact Ellen Fabian,