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Professional Development

Definition: Transition educators and staff meet established transition-related competencies through initial and continuing professional development that includes technical assistance and transition resources regarding evidence-informed practices.


  • Transition-related competencies
  • Professional development regarding transition
  • Technical assistance in New Hampshire

Transition-related competencies

Transition competencies for special education programs (PDF, 8 pages, 2015), on this site.The National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center developed guides in 2011 to help educators improve their skills and knowledge about specific transition-related competencies. Each guide lists competencies, when an educator needs them, and online resources with which to address gaps.

What Transition Specialists Need to Know
What Secondary Special Education Teachers Need to Know
What State Agency Secondary Special Education Administrators Need to Know

Information on this site about the NH Network, an online platform used by 3,000 educators to collaborate and connect.

All preservice educator resources on this site, including online training modules and videos

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)’s new standards for advanced programs, based on evidence-based systems for teacher preparation and institutional accreditation.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)’s new standards for transition specialists (MSWord, 8 pages, 2013).

Transition professional development

Annual Transition Summit:  New Hampshire’s annual statewide conference on postsecondary outcomes for students, held in the fall in Concord.

The Coaching Frame tool from the Q.E.D. Foundation (MSWord, 5 pages) provides a structure to help plan and focus your coaching efforts with an individual or a small group.

To focus your professional development, try our transition competency self-assessment.

Technical assistance in New Hampshire

Free facilitation of special education team meetings is offered by the Bureau of Special Education in the NH DOE.