Transition Planning in Rural Schools

Date of Award

Fall 12-2-2020

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Marci Glessner


transition planning, students with disabilities, post-secondary education, workforce



Transition services are critical in helping students with disabilities be successful after their high school graduation. It is crucial that the IEP team, including the student receiving special education services, works throughout the student’s high school years to develop a plan that involves all five areas of transition (jobs/training, community participation, post-secondary education, independent living, and recreation/leisure) as well as providing services and supports for achieving their post-secondary goals (Presser, 2008). This planning and support is individualized for each student whether their plan is continuing schooling or joining the workforce.

For this project, I created a portfolio highlighting a curriculum that helps prepare rural students for the transition by addressing the many barriers that exist due to living in a rural area. The curriculum teaches strategies and skills for the five areas of transition but specifically focuses on providing opportunities in rural areas. Within each area of transition discussed an overview of the purpose of the transition area and two artifacts that will help students be prosperous for life after high school.

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