What is Secondary Transition?
Secondary transition is the process of preparing students for adult life, after the student exits school age services. Students may be eligible for school-age services through age 21. The transition planning process can be considered a bridge between school programs and adult life. Transition planning for students with IEPs must occur during the year in which the student turns 14 and continue at a minimum yearly through the IEP process.
The transition planning process can encompass three areas to prepare students for:
- Higher education or training
- Independent living
Planning for the Future Checklist
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has developed a “Planning for the Future Checklist” that can assist in this process. The Checklist is of a general nature; it is not intended that all boxes are checked, as the path you take is individualized. Students and families should discuss with their case manager any questions that may arise.