Postsecondary Transition

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A comprehensive, online, career development and planning program that is provided free of charge to all Missouri citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs.

2023 Transition Training Institute 
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The 2023 Transition Training Institute was held in-person June 26 at 1:00 p.m. through June 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Executive Center-Columbia Mall, 2200 Interstate 70 Drive Southwest, Columbia, Missouri. The focus was on programs and structures to support students moving toward postsecondary goals such as compliant transition plans, transition and community resources, postsecondary education and training, and employment programs and opportunities.

Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT)

The Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) is a state transition team, which addresses data-driven goals for improvement and collaboration with the shared vision of improving employment, independent living, and postsecondary education outcomes for Missouri students with disabilities. The MITT Collaborative Programs and Projects booklet (06/2023) as well as the chart below show the variety of transition resources and opportunities provided by various agencies represented on the MITT team.

2022 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Meeting 

Wednesday, October 19, 2022 (Virtual)

Wednesday, January 19, 2023 (Virtual)

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Wednesday, November 9, 2023


Missouri Transition Liaisons are practicing teachers from across the state who devote time and energy to increasing the capacity of local level secondary special educators and districts. They work within their own districts to enhance transition practices and programs. Liaisons participate in regular trainings and meetings and disseminate information at the district and regional levels to develop a collaborative network of colleagues focused on issues related to secondary transition of youth with disabilities.

2023 Missouri Transition LiaisonsLast update 9/1/2022

Social-Emotional Learning for All (SEL-A)

Social-Emotional Learning for All (formerly Missouri Postsecondary Success (MPSS)) is a multi-year transition and College and Career Competency (CCC) improvement initiative that provides face-to-face professional development and online support to interdisciplinary high school teams. Teams learn to effectively teach and sustain the development of competencies which lead to success in both career and college settings. Teams analyze data, choose evidence-based instruction and work with stakeholders to provide ongoing supports to students as a part of the classroom experience. 

Early Warning Signs

Early Warning Signs is a data-driven decision-making process allowing educators to identifying students at-risk by examining the underlying causes, match interventions to student needs, and monitor the progress of interventions. EWS examines five essential areas:

  • adult advocates
  • academic support
  • classroom/social/behavioral issues
  • personalized learning environment/Instructional practice
  • necessary skills for graduation and postschool success

Using data indicators are most predictive of a given student outcome as a “warning sign” that a student is in trouble. This system allows educators to track interventions assigned to particular students and track the associations between interventions and outcome for students.

If you need additional resources or have questions, please contact your Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC).

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS)

Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) offers no-cost transition services to Missouri public school students with disabilities, ages 16-21, who are eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services are designed to make an impactful difference for students with disabilities at an earlier age which leads to better coordination, enhanced communication, stronger collaboration, and increased successful post-school outcomes.

Pre-ETS is contracted by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR).

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation 

Vocational Rehabilitation
If you want to work but have a disability that keeps you from finding, keeping, or advancing in a job, VR may be able to help.

Introducing Vocational Rehabilitation Services MO: Simply Said - YouTube

Additional Transition Resources

A Transition Guide: To Postsecondary Education and Employment for Students and Youth with Disabilities

Missouri Connections
A comprehensive, online, career development and planning program that is provided free of charge to all Missouri citizens. Funded by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, this program supports the career development efforts of schools, community organizations, and adult job seeker programs. Missouri Connections helps individuals learn about their talents, skills, and interests and makes the connection between planning for continued education and the work world.

Missouri Parents Act (MPACT)
Missouri's Parent Training and Information Center, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education and the State of Missouri. The mission is to empower families to advocate for themselves so that children with special needs can reach their full potential in education and life - through support, training, and education.

Missouri Resource Guide - Three Steps to a Better Future
There are many resources available in Missouri to help you and your family move towards a healthier, more stable future. This guide will focus on helpful resources that support three major steps as you work towards a better future: Step 1: Meeting your basic needs; Step 2: Getting the support you need, and; Step 3: Preparing for your career.  

Missouri Resources By County

National Technical Assistance Center on Transition: The Collaborative (NTACT:C)
Provides multiple training resources and presentations on postsecondary transition.