Secondary Transition

What is Secondary Transition?

Transitioning Youth

Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for life after they leave high school, including participation in post-secondary education or training, employment, and community living. These three areas are often referred to as “post-secondary outcomes” and are the driving force behind Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) written for students in high school.

Transition planning begins no later than age 14, in middle school or early high school, as students explore what they want their post-school outcomes to be through career awareness exploration activities. It continues through high school as instruction and community experiences support these outcomes.

Transition planning involves a partnership between the student, the family, school-age services and program providers, post-secondary services and program providers, and local community members. Effective transition involves purposeful planning among all these entities. It entails recognizing the student’s current strengths, interests, preferences, and needs, and then identifying what services and supports he or she will need to achieve future success.

Secondary Transition


  • Michael Stoehr
    Secondary Transition, Inclusive Practices, Family Engagement
  • Roni Russell
    Secondary Transition, Intensive Interagency, IDEA and Chapter 14
  • Dennis Clark
    Secondary Transition, Paraprofessionals, Family Engagement
  • Paula Schmitt
    Leadership, Secondary Transition, Inclusive Practices, IDEA and Chapter 14, Students with Complex Support Needs
  • Sielke Caparelli
    Behavior, Leadership, Secondary Transition, IDEA and Chapter 14, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Michael Minor
    Autism, Behavior, Secondary Transition, School Psychology, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Michelle Bilinsky
    Assistive Technology, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Leadership, Secondary Transition, Deaf-Blind
  • Ryan Romanoski
    Behavior, Secondary Transition, IDEA and Chapter 14
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