Transition Planning

What is transition planning?
Transition is about planning for life after high school!  It includes planning for:
  • academic and non academic courses and learning experiences
  • employment and related training opportunities
  • choices about where to live in the community
  • what to do for fun and socialization
When does transition planning begin?
Transition planning begins when a student turns 13 during the life of his or her IEP in the state of South Carolina.  At this time, post secondary goals are established for the areas of Education & Training, Employment, and, if applicable, Independent Living.
At the age of 16, the student's IEP team 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?
  • Students needs, strengths, preferences & interests
  • Rights and 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.)