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ERIC Number: ED501552
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Notes on Transition Planning for College. Practice Notes
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA
All students can benefit from well-designed transition planning for college. With specific reference to those students identified for special education, middle and high schools have a responsibility under IDEA to focus on a range of transition interventions. Family stakeholders in a community need to work together to ensure the middle school and high school do all that they can to provide an effective transition-to-college program. The student and the family must ensure that the college selected is a good fit for the student's current motivation and capabilities and that transition plans for after high school graduation are implemented and regularly modified as necessary. This document presents seven steps related to college transition planning for the student: (1) Develop an Individual Transition Plan; (2) Easing Anxieties and Strengthening Specific Coping and Self-advocacy Attitudes and Skills; (3) Ensuring Availability and Access to Relevant Support Mechanisms; (4) Easing into College Demands; (5) Minimizing Financial Concerns; (6) Monitoring, Problem Solving, and Celebrating Successes; and (7) Revamping Plans and Supports.
Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA. Department of Psychology, Franz Hall, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Box 951563, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563. Tel: 310-825-3634; Fax: 310-206-8716; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Mental Health in Schools
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act