Special Education: Transition Planning


The ultimate goal of CCPS’s Special Education programs is to help children achieve a successful transition from school to post-secondary life. Transition services are designed to meet students’ unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.

Overview of Transition Planning

Transition services for students with disabilities are coordinated activities that:

  • Are results-oriented and focused on improving their academic and functional post-secondary achievements
  • Based on the individual child’s needs, taking into account their strengths, preferences, and interests
  • Include instruction, community experiences, and the development of post-secondary employment and adult living objectives, when appropriate


Post-secondary activities for students with disabilities could be any combination of the following:

  • Post-secondary education
  • Employment
  • Employment training
  • Independent living
  • Community participation
  • Adult services

Transition Planning & the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Transition planning for a student’s future begins in elementary school during career awareness and exploration activities. Then, transition planning is the first step in developing the Individual Education Program (IEP) for students age 14 and older. This process includes:

  1. The student shares his/her interests with school staff.
  2. The student and school staff establish post-secondary outcomes (employment training, employment, additional education, independent living, etc.) based on age-appropriate transition assessments.
  3. School staff backward maps the services, course of study, and annual goals needed to achieve the desired outcomes.
  4. This process is repeated annually, allowing for adjustments to the IEP based on the student’s current interests and outcomes.