Transition Planning

North Carolina Division on Career Development and Transition  

What is Transition Planning?

Transition Is About Planning For Life!  It Includes Planning For:

  • Academic and non-academic courses & learning experiences,
  • Employment & related training opportunities,
  • Choices about where to live in the community, and
  • What to do for fun & socialization. 

When Does Transition Planning Begin?

  • Transition Planning should begin at age 14 in which post-secondary goals are established for Education & Training, Employment, and Independent Living.
  • At age 16, the student’s IEP will describe the Instruction, Community Experience, Related Services, Adult Living, and Employment
  • Activities that will assist the student in achieving post-secondary goals.
  • Transition Planning takes place during the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. This is a time when the student shares his/her plans for life after high school with the IEP team. 

What Areas Should Transition Planning Address Within The IEP?

  • Student Needs, Strengths, Preferences & Interest
  • Rights & Responsibilities
  • Transition Assessments
  • School, Home & Community Supports
  • Post Secondary Employment Goals
  • Post Secondary Education & Training Goals
  • Post Secondary Independent Living Goals
  • Course of Study
  • Transition Activities 

Who Is Involved In Transition Planning?

  • Individualized Education Planning (IEP)
  • Team Community Agency Representatives
  • School Counselors
  • Student Invitees (Employer, Friends, Relatives, Neighbors, etc.)

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