Transition 101

A Quick-Start Guide to IDEA’s Transition Mandate & the Implications for Developing Compliant Transition Plans

A 90-minute Training Module

Transition planning and service implementation for students with disabilities is a process for which many educators feel unprepared. It is no surprise that since the current transition mandate became law in 2004, cases involving transition-related disputes have steadily increased and with families prevailing in most cases.

Credentialed professionals who work with transition-aged students have a wide range of competence related to transition due to differences in teacher pre-service programs and employment experiences. However, regardless of where one falls on this competency spectrum, continued professional development in transition is a necessity for nearly every transition practitioner and administrator since recent research and court decisions continue to shape and change our understanding of best practices and policy related to transition.

Transition 101 is the ACES flagship course that offers something for new and experienced transition professionals alike. It covers the basic questions of transition, including:

-What does IDEA really say about Transition?
-What is Indicator 13 and how does it affect transition practices?
-What are “age appropriate transition assessments”?
-What are postsecondary goals?
-What are transition services?

Going beyond the basics, Transition 101 takes a look at emerging transition-related research that has greatly impacted how we understand the transition process for students with disabilities. Likewise, Transition 101 highlights court cases that have altered how we interpret the legal mandate of IDEA and its implications for practice. Both of these areas, that is, emerging research and court decisions, have major implications for how to develop transition plans that are compliant, effective, and supported by research. From these sources, we answer questions such as:

-What are transition skills?
-Which transition skills must schools address?
-Are my transition assessments aligned to law and best practices?
-How can I know if a transition plan is legally compliant and research-based?

In about 90 minutes, Transition 101 aims to provide both new and experienced transition professionals with the foundational information they need to move towards more legal and effective transition planning. Attendees will be given a one-page “Transition Plan Rubric” that itemizes the most critical elements of a Transition Plan based on IDEA, Indicator 13, and nationally accepted research. Transition 101 along with the “Transition Planning Rubric” will help transition practitioners and administrators quickly identify where their transition plans and practices need improvement. 

Transition 101 is a great opportunity for individuals looking to improve their overall competency and practices related to transition assessment, planning, and implementation. Likewise, Transition 101 is a great resource for
organization-wide professional development. 


Get the "Transition Rubric: A Case Study" training module as a free bonus with any purchase of Transition 101

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Downloadable Slide Deck & Resources

Optional Quiz

Course Completion Certificate

Access to padlets with 100s of resources

Pricing & Enrollment Options

Pricing options below allow registrants to access Transition 101 and The Transition Rubric: A Case Study for 180 days (or 365 days for the bundled option below). Registrants will be able to log in any time, watch, and re-watch as many times as desired. Registrants can download all course materials to keep indefinitely. 

Single Registrant Access - $25

The Single Registrant Access allows a single user to access the course for 180 days. Do not select this option if more than one person will be watching the course.

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Group Access with One Login Credential - $125

This option is perfect for organizations who want to host the Transition 101 training for a group of staff who will watch the presentation at the same time. The option allows an unlimited number of persons who belong to the same organization to view the course video at the same time from a shared screen or screencast (therefore requiring only one login credential).  

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Discounted Group Rate for 5 or more registrants with individual access - $20 each

This option provides a discounted group rate and easier enrollment process for organizations who want to give access to Transition 101 to five or more members to watch on their own time. Each staff member will have their own login credentials and have full access to Transition 101 for 180-days. To purchase this pricing plan, please complete the Registration Form. Once processed, ACES staff will provide a custom link for your group to access Transition 101.

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Get Transition 101 as part of the ACES Transition Training: Full Access bundle that includes ALL training modules for an extended 365-day access period

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Purchase Order

To purchase any of the options above with a purchase order, please complete the registration form and email it along with the purchase order to [email protected]. Upon receipt of the order form and PO, each registered participant will be emailed directions on how to log in to the course.

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Live Presentation

To schedule a live presentation of the Transition 101 (approximately a 2-hour presentation), please email us at [email protected].