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Transition Resources

This section includes materials, websites, and resources you can use to enhance your transition program or transition planning for individual students. 

Transition Questions and Answers

This page includes a list of commonly asked questions and DESE’s responses related to policies and practices in Missouri regarding transition planning, Form C of the IEP, transition assessment and other common issues. 

Transition Planning

Social Security Administration and Ticket to Work (TTW) Program Resources NEW!

Government site to connect the disabilty community with information and opportunties

National Longitudinal Transition Study

More than two million children receive federally funded special education services. For youth with disabilities, the transition to adulthood is often marked by challenges that can impede their education, employment, and ability to live independently. This study will help educators and policymakers identify and address the barriers to successful transition.

101 Transition Tips

These tips were generated by educators, families, and practitioners from across the country.

Transition Resources

This brochure was developed by the Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas, Center for Research on Learning for the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.

Tunnels and Cliffs

A Guide for Workforce Development Practitioners and Policymakers serving Youth with Mental Health Needs  

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition.  Their website provides numerous resources that teachers, families and students can use to enhance the transition process and programs. 

National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)

The purpose of NSTTAC is to assist states to build capacity to support and improve transition planning, services, and outcomes for youth with disabilities. A few highlights of their website for practitioners include the Transition Assessment Guide and the Lesson Plan Library.   


MPACT is a statewide parent training and information center serving all disabilities. It is a valuable resource for parents in helping them understand the transition planning process. 

National Postschool Outcomes Center

The National Postschool Outcomes Center is working with Missouri to establish a data collection system to measure the post-school experiences of youth with disabilities, and to guide and improve transition services to this population based upon the post-school data. 

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities (NDPC-SD)

The NDPC-SD is working with Missouri help build capacity to increase school completion rates for students with disabilities through knowledge synthesis, technical assistance, and dissemination of interventions and practices that work. 

IDEA Partnership Secondary Transition Collection

The IDEA Partnership is dedicated to improving outcomes for students and youth with disabilities by joining state agencies and stakeholders through shared work and learning. This dedication has been operationalized in the collaborative work on Secondary Transition of 23 partner organization representatives, two technical assistance providers, and a number of state and local organizations and agencies. Members of this Secondary Transition collaborative work group represent a range of roles at all levels of the education system as well as coming from geographic locations from across the United States. Together with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), these partners form a community with the potential to transform the way we work. This site includes goals, guides, fact sheets, presentations, and more.