About Us

The Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS) is a Washington State Needs Project funded annually with federal resources from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). The goal of CCTS is to improve post-school outcomes for students with disabilities in the state. To reach this goal, CCTS provides secondary transition training and technical support to Educational Service Districts (ESDs), Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), and public schools that serve high school-age students who have an Individual Education Program (IEP). The CCTS provides resources and support services to all Washington State stakeholders including special education teachers, directors, students and their families.


In 1990 Washington State was awarded a Transition Systems Change grant from the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services to fund the newly formed Center for Change in Transition Services (CCTS). Originally located at the University of Washington (1990-2004), CCTS is now at Seattle University (2004-present). Currently, CCTS is a State Needs Grant funded by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Washington State continues to be a leader in this endeavor having collected and reported post-school outcomes consistently since 1998.


Center Staff

Cinda Johnson, Ed.D., Principal Investigator

Sue Ann Bube, Director

Julia Schechter, M.Ed. & Laurel White, M.Ed., Doctoral Research Assistants


Contact Information

Center for Change in Transition Services

Seattle University
College of Education
901 12th Ave
PO Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090 

Phone: (206) 296-6494
Email: ccts@seattleu.edu

OSPI State Needs Projects

OSPI Special Education funds six state needs projects (including CCTS) with IDEA state level discretionary dollars. These projects collectively provide statewide professional development, technical assistance, and consultation and training for parents, families, and educators.

The Autism Outreach Project provides information, training, and technical assistance to schools, families, and agencies with educational supports for individuals from birth to age 21 with autism spectrum disorder.

eLearning for Educators provides statewide access to affordable online courses designed to support educators in serving students with disabilities.

The Special Education Technology Center (SETC) provides training, consultation, technology loans, and resource information to help school districts and families implement assistive technology interventions in addressing the special learning needs of children with disabilities.

Washington Sensory Disability Services (WSDS) supports individuals aged birth to 21 who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind, by providing training and other resources to service providers and families.

Washington State Special Education Training for ALL (WSSETA) provides current information and best practices through statewide training and technical assistance to families, educators, and organizations in order to meet the needs of students with disabilities.