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MS in Special Education




This research focuses on students with disabilities and their transition and career planning for postsecondary life. The United States federal government has put into law, regulations and guidelines for children with disabilities. The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) requires states and school districts to have a transition plan in place for all students with disabilities. The transition plan should prepare students for further education, employment, and independent living. Transition plans need to take into account the individual student’s interest and abilities. Educators are in agreement that children with disabilities need to have a transition plan. Educators often have different ideas on what should be included in a transition plan. Several educators believe their school district can improve on their transition and career plans.

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