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College Faculty

This page provides links to resources for faculty and staff in teacher education/preparation programs in colleges and universities. Private link for shared KSC-PSU Next Steps project

Transition Competencies for Preservice Special Education Programs

chart of transition competenciesThe Transition Competencies for Preservice Special Education Programs (PDF, 8 pages) were developed by the Next Steps NH project to enhance special education teacher candidate knowledge and skills about transition. There are six transition core competencies and 31 corresponding key elements. The standards are not required for state certification, but are intended to enhance curriculum efforts by providing a set of important transition skills and knowledge for beginning special educators.

The competencies and key elements were developed by the Next Steps NH Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) subgroup and reviewed by the NSNH leadership team. Special education faculty at Keene State College, Keene, NH, also reviewed these standards for use and applicability.

Templates for Program Improvement

circle diagram of continuous improvement process

Keene State College and Plymouth State University are using a common program improvement process in their preservice special education certification programs. The diagram gives an overview of the process. Available templates:

Recommended Online Trainings

Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School Settings

cover image from intro video for course, Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School SettingsThis online training, Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School Settings, from the Iris Center at Vanderbilt University, focuses on the transition process from high school to postsecondary settings. Among other topics, it discusses IEP planning, engaging students in the process to make them better advocates for their own needs, and the importance of outside agencies such as vocational rehabilitation. Module outline

Transition training modules from the University of Kansas

The Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas provides free research-based online training for professionals and others involved in transition planning. These modules are developed using up-to-date research in transition and effective practices in professional development, and are tested by practitioners across the country.

Two good options for family engagement training

Cover image for the Collaborating with Families courseOne choice is Collaborating with Families, from the Iris Center at Vanderbilt University. It highlights the diversity of families and addresses the factors that school personnel should understand about working with the families of children with disabilities. It’s an engaging training with a variety of delivery methods (videos, audios), especially at the beginning, and takes about an hour to complete.There’s good information and self-reflection, but not many tools. Module outline


man, woman and childThe second choice is Mindful Engagement Modules, from the Louisiana SPDG project, based on the work of Joy Epstein, Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp. There are 10 different modules, each 20-30 minutes long. While not specific to special education and transition, the modules offer a lot of good tools in general for family engagement. The format is narrated PowerPoints, and the modules are well-paced and move along quickly. Modules overview


Transition Standards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Division on Career Development and Transition websiteIn October 2013, the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Board of Directors approved the updated Advanced Special Education Transition Specialist Standards. These standards have been used as guidelines for job descriptions, in college and university educator preparation programs, and as rubrics to access the knowledge and skills of transition specialists and teachers.

Definitions of Evidence-Based Practices 

NTACT logoA quick reference to explain the differences betwen evidence-based, research-based, and promising practices, from the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT).

High-Quality Professional Development for Teachers: Supporting Teacher Training to Improve Student Learning

This 2013 paper from the Center for American Progress focuses on professional learning: what states and districts are doing that is working, and what policies are in place to support effective teacher training activities. PDF, 28 pages.