Course of Study
Course of Study outlines the exact academic requirements the student needs to complete in order to accomplish his or her postsecondary goals.
- The Course 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 Course of Study must align with the postsecondary goals.
- Course 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 Course 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.
- Course 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.
Course of Study
Overview of the course of study (education plan). 5:45-minutes.
Modifications to the course of study. 3:58-minutes.
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 (PDF, 80 pages, 2018), from the NH Parent Information Center (PIC) to help parents understand postsecondary transition planning. Includes examples.
- 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)
- 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)?
Essential Elements adapted from O’Leary (2010), Reviewer Reference Form for the Transition Requirements Checklist