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.

2024 Transition Training Institute - SAVE-THE-DATE! 

Subject: 2024 Transition Training Institute – Facing the Future—Together SAVE THE DATE!

Source: Office of Special Education

Intended Audience: Superintendents, Middle and High School Principals, Special Education Directors, General and Special Education Teachers, Counselors, School Psychologists, and Parents

Date: December 5, 2023

The 2024 Transition Training Institute will be held in-person from June 26-28, 2024, in Columbia, MO.

The institute will focus on programs and structures to support students in graduating and moving toward postsecondary goals. There will be a variety of presentations which will focus on compliance, work-based learning, self-advocacy, employment, social/emotional intelligence, and career readiness with an emphasis on students with special needs. Specific enrollment instructions and additional information will be provided at a later date.

If you have questions, please contact Marsha Campe at 573-751-2512 or Marsha.Campe@dese.mo.gov.

Missouri Transition Planning - Resource Locator

This document provides recommended resources, services, and activities for students with disabilities as they prepare for life after high school.

Transition Resource Locator

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) shows the variety of transition resources and opportunities provided by various agencies represented on the MITT team.

2024-25 Missouri Interagency Transition Team (MITT) Meeting 

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Transition Liaisons

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.

2024-25 Missouri Transition Liaison Map with Contacts

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.

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