Document Type

Master's Research

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education


Professional Studies


Jane Leatherman

Date of Award



This thesis attempts to understand what barriers public transportation creates for transition students wanting to look for competitive employment and how these factors may be addressed in order to remove some of these obstacles to competitive employment. Data sources were obtained through survey questions that were sent to 20 participants and observations from field notes that were obtained over the course of 20 weeks while utilizing public transit. The results of this study demonstrate the need for better travel training programs and training for professionals working with transition students in an effort to address some of the barriers identified. The barriers identified were: Bureaucratic Barriers, Travel Training Barriers, Barriers of Public Transit, and Collaboration.