David Test

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Dr. David W. Test is a Professor of Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He teaches courses in single subject research and professional writing.  The majority of Dr. Test’s 148 publications have focused on self-determination, transition, community-based training, and supported employment.  Along with Dr. Nellie Aspel and Dr. Jane Everson he wrote the first transition methods textbook titled Transition Methods for Youth with Disabilities.  Dr. Test currently serves as a Co-Project Director of the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition and the UNC Charlotte Doctoral Leadership Personnel Preparation Program (with Dr. Diane Browder). Since arriving at UNC Charlotte in 1983, he, along with many colleagues, has received over $26 million in federal and state grant funding.  Finally, he and Dr. Bob Algozzine currently serve as co-editors of Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals. He just does not seem to be able to do anything by himself.


Ph.D. – The Ohio State University (1983)
M.Ed. – The Ohio State University (1978)
B.A. – Eisenhower College (1975)


  1. National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and Rehabilitation Services Administration (OSEP/RSA; #H326E140004) from January 2015 through December 2019.  Our purpose is to assist SEAs, LEAs, State VR agencies, and other VR service providers to implement evidence-based and promising practices (EBPPs) to ensure students with disabilities, including those with significant disabilities, stay in school, progress in school, and graduate with knowledge, skills, and supports needed to succeed in postsecondary education and employment.
  2. CIRCLES was an IES research project designed to evaluate the effects of a three-tier model of interagency collaboration, called the Communicating Interagency Relationships and Collaborative Linkages for Exceptional Students (CIRCLES), on transition outcomes for students with disabilities.  Although the project is over, the website is still available.
  3. UNC Charlotte Ph.D. Program in Special Education is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs.  This leadership personnel preparation grant provides funding for full-time doctoral students (Drs. Diane Browder and David Test, Co-Directors).


Area(s) of Interest and Research

secondary transition
college and career readiness for students with disabilities
evidence-based practices
applied behavior analysis