IEP Transition Plan Template

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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Transitioning students out of the special education system can be rewarding but also challenging. This lesson provides a template for creating an IEP transition plan to help outline the steps in writing.

Why Create an IEP Transition Plan?

Students who have received special education services over the course of their secondary education can face special challenges upon leaving the educational system. To help them transition into future education, employment, and independent living, it is important for teachers, families, and service providers to come together to set goals and make plans for the student. It is also important for the student's own voice to be part of this process to the maximal extent possible.

When you help your students get ready to take the next, exciting step in their lives, you will want to create a transition plan that documents their goals, next steps, and benchmarks. A transition plan can be valuable in helping students understand what they are working toward now that this stage of their life is ending and a new one is beginning. This lesson offers you a template that will help you create strong transition plans for your students.

Template: Key Elements

Basic Information

The first thing that should be found on a transition plan is some basic information. At the top of the plan, include the student's name, birth date, and expected graduation date, as well as current grade level. Then, include evidence that the student and any relevant related agencies were involved in the creation of the plan.

Assessments and Summaries

Next, list any assessments the student has taken and summarize their results briefly. This will help the student and anyone else reading the plan understand a bit more about the specific profile.

Post-Graduation Expected Outcomes

In th post-graduation expected outcomes section, you will list expected outcomes for the student. Develop these expectations in concert with the students. Types of expected outcomes include:

  • Expectations for employment after graduation
  • Expectations for education after graduation
  • Expectations for independent living after graduation

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