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Certo, Nicholas

Professor 

Special Education

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Educational Background

B.A., (1970), Marquette University, Psychology
M.A. (1972), Marquette University, Experimental Psychology
Ph D. (1976), University of Wisconsin, Behavioral Disabilities

 

Nicholas J. Certo is a retired Professor and former Chair of the Department of Special Education at San Francisco State University.  He also served as Acting Accreditation and Evaluation Coordinator for the College of Education at San Francisco State University.  He received his doctorate from the Department of Behavioral Disorders at the University of Wisconsin in 1976.  His was an early leader among professionals in the United States who demonstrated that individuals with severe intellectual disabilities could learn to function and work in integrated community settings, and is credited as co-editor managing the publication of the first textbook in his subspecialty area, severe intellectual disabilities.  Prior to his current position, he was employed as a project officer in the U.S. Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education at the University of Maryland. He has published for more than 35 years on the subject of transition to work and community living for youth with severe intellectual disabilities, and has a long and consistent record of federal funding to support the development of innovative approaches to transition.

 


 

Selected Recent Publications
 

Certo, N., & Luecking, R. (2011). Transition and Employment: Reflections from a 40 Year Perspective. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 35 (3), 157-161.

Certo, N., & Luecking, R. (2006). Service integration and school to work transition: Customized employment as an outcome for youth with significant disabilities. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 37, 29-35.

Certo, N.J.,  Luecking, R.G., Murphy, S., Brown, L., Courey, S., & Mautz, D. (2009). Seamless Transition and Long-Term Support for Individuals with Severe Intellectual Disabilities. Research & Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 33 (3), 85-95.

Certo, N. J., Mautz, D., Pumpian, I., Sax, C., Smalley, K., Wade, H., Noyes, D., Luecking, R., Wechsler, J., & Batterman, N.  (2003).  A review and discussion of a model for seamless transition to adulthood. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 38 (1), 3-17.

Certo, N.J., Sax, C., Pumpian, I., Mautz, D., Smalley, K., Wade, H.A., & Noyes, D. (2002).  Transition Service Integration Model:  Ensuring That The Last Day of School Is No Different Than the Day After.  In C. Sax & C. A. Thoma (Eds.).  Transition assessment: Wise practices for quality lives.  Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., 119-131.

Luecking, R. & Certo, N. (2003). Integrating Service Systems at the Point of Transition For Youth with Significant Support Needs: A Model that Works. American Rehabilitation, 27 (1), 2-9.

Mautz, D., Storey, K., & Certo, N. (2001).  Increasing integrated workplace social interactions:  The effects of job modification, natural supports, adaptive communication instruction, and job coach training. The Journal of The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps, 26 (4), 257-269.

McHugh, S., Storey, K., & Certo, N.  (2002).  Training job coaches to use natural support strategies.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation. 17 (3), 155-163.   

                                                   

Selected Professional Work Experience

2012-Present Faculty, Part-Time, Faculty Early Retirement Program, San Francisco State University, Department of Special Education, San Francisco, CA

2009-2010 Chair, College of Education Strategic Planning Task Force, San Francisco State University, College of Education, San Francisco, CA

2007-Present Director of Credential Evaluation, San Francisco State University, College of Education, San Francisco, CA

2007-2011 Acting Accreditation Coordinator, San Francisco State University, College of Education, San Francisco, CA

2001-2012 Chair, San Francisco State University, Department of Special Education, San Francisco, CA

1992-2012 Professor (with Tenure) and Coordinator Vocational Special Education Program, San Francisco State University, Department of Special Education, San Francisco, CA

1993-1994 Acting Chair, San Francisco State University, Department of Special Education, San Francisco, CA

1991-1992 Executive Assistant, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Washington, DC

1991 Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Washington, DC

1990-1991 Special Assistant, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Washington, DC

                                                   

Selected Grant and Contract Awards

 

2000-2004 Certo, N.J. & Luecking, R.  Maryland Service Integration Project. Funded by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Research To Practice Division, $600,000
 
2001-2004 Certo, N.J., Pumpian, I., & Sax, C. California Transition Service Integration Expansion Project. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, Outreach Projects for Children with Disabilities, $525,000.
 
2001-2012 Certo, N.J.  Alternative Certification Program for Teachers in the San Francisco Unified School District.  San Francisco Unified School District, Office of Teacher Affairs, $678,061.
 
2002-2005 Certo, N.J., Wade, H., & Lura, V. Total Community Immersion Model For Postsecondary-Aged Students With Significant Disabilities. U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, $450,000.
 
2002-2012 Certo, N.J.  Alternative Certification Program for Teachers in the Oakland Unified School District.  Oakland Unified School District, Office of New Teacher Support and Development, $636,589.
 
2002-2012 Certo, N.J.  Alternative Certification Program for Teachers in San Mateo County School Districts.  San Mateo County Intern Program School District, Office of New Teacher Support, $117,738.
 
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