Transition IEP Requirements Tool

This is a multimedia training and reference tool about the transition IEP (Individual Education Plan) process: what must be part of the process and what must be written into the IEP itself. It goes beyond mere compliance with the IDEA federal requirements (including Indicator 13) and will help increase your understanding of transition planning best practices.

How to use the IEP Requirements Tool

The Transition IEP Requirements Tool has exemplar IEPs, videos, a sampling of references, and templates. Use the sidebar to explore according to your own interests. The reference page for each transition IEP requirement includes:

  • a list of the essential elements
  • examples
  • video interview segments with Dr. Ed O’Leary
  • links to Next Step resources
  • links to other online resources

Background Information via video interviews

The Transition-Driven IEP Process

Defining a Transition-Driven IEP Process. 5:45-minutes.

Compliance vs. Quality

Compliance with requirements and the move toward quality of practices. 4:20-minutes.

Background of the IEP Requirements Tool

The tool is designed for special educators, agency staff, parents, and others to learn about the transition requirements that need to be addressed in special education programs.

According to Dr. Ed O’Leary, national expert on IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) transition requirements, teachers and administrators are asking for direction and information that will tell them what they must do and then, with examples, show them clearly and concisely “how to plan for, develop, and implement transition services for youth with disabilities.”

The emphasis is on preparation for successful post-school experiences. This means special educators and general educators alike can be thinking about how students can be successful in their chosen field once they graduate from high school.

Use this tool to increase your understanding of the important transition requirements that are foundational to creating effective, evidence-based, transition-driven IEPs.

The development of this tool was originally funded by the Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions, a project of the Granite State Employment Project, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CFDA 93.768).