Transition Planning

High School to Post Secondary Goals


Transition planning is a process to assist students in successfully moving from high school to the adult world.  Beginning with the IEP in place for the school year when the student will turn age 14, or younger if determined appropriate by the IEP team, and updated annually in the student's IEP until graduation or exit from high school.  The components of transition planning in the IEP for students turning 14 and older:

  • A statement of the student's strengths, interests and preferences
  • Identification of a course of study (course titles for the duration of the IEP and beyond)
  • Identification of strategies and/or activities that are intended to assist the child in developing or attaining postsecondary goals
  • A description of the need for consultation (information and/or advise) from other agencies (such as the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Children's System of Care, Division of Developmental Disabilities, etc.)
  • A statement of any needed interagency linkages and responsibilities

Additional key components are included as part of the transition planning in the IEP for students turning 16 and older:

  • The student's postsecondary goals are based upon age-appropriate transition assessments related to training, education, employment, and, if appropriate, independent living
  • The transition services needed to assist the child in reaching those postsecondary goals (a coordinated set of activities/strategies that includes instruction, related services, community experiences, the development of employment and other post-school adult living objectives, and, when appropriate, acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational evaluation (N.J.A.C. 6A:14)

New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

New Jersey Division of Developmental Disabilities

Access Link

Social Security


Post-Secondary Colleges/Vocational Schools

Bergen Community College Office of Specialized Services 

COMPASS Program | Fairleigh Dickinson University ( Fairleigh Dickinson University  

Eastwick College and Hohokus Schools 

Kean University Office of Accessibility Services

Lincoln Tech 

Montclair State University Disability Resource Center   

New Jersey City University Specialized Services and Supplemental Instruction 

TCNJ - Lions Plus Program