Transition Planning (National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative, NTACT:C)


Transition planning is used to describe the very intentional, organized and coordinated process of guiding young people with disabilities with education, experiences, supports and services to help them have successful and meaningful lives beyond high school. It is planning that begins with the end in mind.

While IDEA mandates specific documentation of transition planning and services in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students with disabilities ages 16 and older, the mandated age for transition planning and services is younger than 16 in many states and territories.  The process is lifelong.

Key Resources include:

  • Transition Education Birth to Adult (PDF)
  • Side-by-Side View: Transition Services
  • Moving from Assessment to Practice
  • Summary of Performance
  • Postsecondary Education and Training Preparation ToolkitI-13 Data Toolkit
  • School Completion Toolkit
  • Transition Fair Toolkit


After High School Elementary Employment Family Engagement High School Independent Living Individualized Education Program (IEP) Middle School Postsecondary Education Self-Determination Transition