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

Transition Elevated App
Disability Rights Center (DRC) of Kansas

The Transition Elevated App is intended to serve as a guide to Utah students, family members, and educators during the transition planning process. It is based on the requirements of the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) Special Education Rules.

A Utah student with a disability who is 14 years or older, or a family member of a transition age student, can us this resource to help prepare for the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting where transition planning will be discussed and the Postsecondary Transition Plan will be created. Individuals residing outside of Utah may use this free resource, but the information needed for transition plans in other states may be different.


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

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