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Transition Planning for Adolescents with Disabilities




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course focuses on the role of the special education teacher in transitioning adolescents with disabilities into adult living. The course examines student transition between the educational setting, the home environment, and employment and community environments. Emphasis is placed on the needs of adolescents with cognitive and behavioral disorders in secondary school special education programs. Strategies to improve academic, social, career/vocational, and transition skills are also discussed. Participants learn skills and concepts in working with students with special needs, their families, and the community. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Historical Backgrounds and Legal Issues in Transition Planning

  • Identify historical background information and legal issues that influence transition planning.
  • Identify components of national legislation that govern transition planning.
  • Outline legal considerations that impact transition planning.
  • Explore the requirements of transition plans in the individualized education program (IEP).
  • Compare theories of transition planning.

Transition Planning Options, Strategies, and Assessment/Evaluation Tools

  • Analyze various types of assessment tools used in transition planning.
  • Use qualitative and quantitative data to develop effective transition plans.
  • Evaluate the effects of a transition planning program on student outcomes.
  • Differentiate terminal conclusion options for students with transition plans.
  • Identify various transition planning options.
  • Locate a variety of resources available to support transition planning.
  • Explore effective collaboration strategies to facilitate successful transitions.
  • Identify the domains of life skills needed for successful transition.
  • Examine resources that support the acquisition of and development of life skills.

Creating a Learning Environment to Support Transition

  • Assess elements of curriculum that support transition planning.
  • Evaluate the factors that contribute to an effective learning environment for transition planning.
  • Identify the resources necessary for an effective transition program.
  • Develop a unit of instruction that facilitates transition planning.

Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

  • Describe successful self-determination skills.
  • Examine strategies and approaches to assist students in developing self-determination skills.
  • Identify characteristics of successful self-advocacy.
  • Locate national, state, and local resources available to support self-determination and self-advocacy.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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