Special Education Secondary Transition and Graduation


Transitioning from school to post-secondary settings can be challenging for students with disabilities. To support successful transition for our students, teachers and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team members should assist students with disabilities in the process of developing critical skills and accessing services to achieve their post high school goals in employment, further education/training, and independent living.

The Transition planning process is critical in preparing students with disabilities for life after high school. Beginning at age 14 (or earlier if appropriate) IEP teams must develop Transition plans that include:

  • A student invite to the Transition IEP meeting
  • Age-appropriate Transition assessment(s),
  • Measurable postsecondary goals that acknowledge the students' strengths, needs, preferences and interests,
  • Transition services that support post-secondary goals
  • A course of study that aligns with the student’s post-secondary goals
  • Annual IEP goal that links to the post-secondary goals
  • Linkages to outside agencies (if appropriate)

Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules
Special Education Rules and Policies

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)/Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Interagency Cooperative Agreement State Level Special Education

Job Readiness Workshops
Pre-Employment Transition Services for Student with Disabilities
Workforce Services Rehabilitation

Transition Application

This application is designed to help Utah students and family members plan and participate in the transition planning process. As a Utah student with a disability who is 14 years or older, or a family member of a transition age student, this app can help prepare for the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting where transition planning will be discussed, and the Postsecondary Transition Plan will be created.

Get the Application

Transition Elevated

Tips for Use

Utah’s Transition Planning App: Tips for Use
This document is intended to provide ideas on how to engage youth in leading their IEP meeting. Use this tip sheet to generate ideas on how youth can use this application.

Support Materials

Welcome to my Transition IEP (coming soon)

How to Use the Utah Transition Elevated App to Prepare for Your Transition IEP
This is a sample of the student draft plan that is created once a student has gone through the steps using the Transition Elevated App.

How to Use this Paper Version of the Transition Elevated App
The paper application is intended to be used when technology isn't readily available or for youth to complete ahead of time and input information in one sitting. The application does not save, but a pdf can be generated and emailed to individuals the student chooses.


Lavinia Gripentrog
Postsecondary Transition
Phone: (801) 538-7645 | E-mail

Deanna Taylor
Postsecondary Transition
Phone: (801) 538-7775 | E-mail

Crystal Emery
State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP)/Postsecondary Transition
Phone: (801) 538-7999 | E-mail