Courses of Study outlines the exact academic requirements the student needs to complete in order to accomplish his or her postsecondary goals.
- The Courses of Study is a multi-year description of coursework from the student’s current to anticipated exit year that is designed to help achieve the student’s desired post-school goal(s).
- The Courses of Study must align with the postsecondary goals.
- Courses of Study must be reviewed annually to ensure courses were passed, the student did not drop a course, or to note if the student was not given access to a course.
- Review the Courses of Study to ensure it:
- Reflects an educational program and plan that specifies all courses and educational experiences from the first IEP to be in effect when the student turns 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team. In New Hampshire, at age 14, students must have a statement of transition service need and a course of study included in their IEP.
- Reflects a plan that will help the student achieve his or her desired measurable postsecondary goals and make a successful transition to post-school adult life.
- Reflects multiple years of specific classes and educational experiences, not just one year.
- Courses of Study: List specific courses by title for each year. Include core courses required for graduation as well as electives, internships, and any other credit-bearing opportunities that directly support the student’s postsecondary goals.
William’s postsecondary education goal is to enroll in the local community college culinary school. He is expected to graduate his senior year. An appropriate course of study is:
- Grade 9: English 1, Remedial Math, World Cultures, Science, Assisted Study Hall, Culinary 1
- Grade 10: English 2, Algebra I, Chemistry (college prep), Assisted Study Hall, Baking, Intro to Computers, Physical Education, Culinary 2
- Grade 11: US History, English 3, Financial Planning, Advanced Culinary 1&2, Cake Design, Health
- Grade 12: Writing Lab, work experience at high school café
- Life After High School Transition Tool Kit, written to help parents understand issues related to postsecondary transition planning. Includes examples.
- Youth on the Move is a website focused on engaging youth in their own transition programming, written for professionals to provide assistance and information related to postsecondary transition.
- Course of Study (and measurable postsecondary goals) pages from New Hampshire exemplar IEPs: college-bound student example, staying in high school until age 21 example (other parts of the IEP contain reality-checking activities)
- Technical Advisory dated December 2017 from the NH Department of Education with information for school districts interested in offering an alternate diploma for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
- Overview from Ed O’Leary providing many examples of transition services and courses of study: Revised Transition Services: Helping Educators, Parents, and other Stakeholders Understand Postschool Outcomes, Course of Study, and Coordinated Set of Activities (MSWord, 28 pages, 2009)
- Developing Courses of Study and Transition Services is a one-hour webinar from the Strafford Learning Center in New Hampshire, part two of a Secondary Transition Webinar Series.
- More in the Next Steps NH reference section: Course Alignment
Do the transition services include courses of study that will reasonably enable the student to meet his or her postsecondary goal(s)?
New Hampshire has their own checklist, New Hampshire Indicator 13 Compliance Checklist (PDF), and a guidance document, Understanding Indicator 13 for Special Education State Performance Plan in NH (PDF, 23 pages, 2017).
New Hampshire Indicator 13 requirements and information on the Department of Education website.
Essential Elements adapted from O’Leary (2010), Reviewer Reference Form for the Transition Requirements Checklist
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Interviews with Dr. Ed O’Leary: Courses of StudyOverview of Course of Study Requirement
Modifications to a Course of Study