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
The 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.
Recommended Online Trainings
Helping Students with Disabilities Plan for Post-High School Settings
This 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
One 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
The 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)
In 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.
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.