Transition to Adulthood

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South Carolina High School Credential

The purpose of the SC High School Credential is to provide equitable job-readiness opportunities for these students throughout the state, ensure they have evidence of employability skills, and honor the work they have undertaken in our public schools. Learn more

Secondary transition goals are addressed in the student’s Individual Education Plan. Goal planning should be based on the individual student’s needs while taking into account the student’s strengths, preferences, and interests, and may include classes (course of study) and services to help student become ready for adult life.


Examples of transition services include:

• Teaching the student how to write a resume.

• Counseling or therapy to help student be ready to work

• Visiting a job site

• Teaching daily living skills

• Explaining how to understand work evaluations

• Guidance on how to request disability accommodations at college or tech school

The IEP will also address roles of the planning team (who is responsible for doing what). Both parents and students should actively participate. It is important for students to share their needs, goals and dreams with the team. This is a vital step in helping them gain self-determination and self-advocacy skills. DHHS has developed tools to help students and parents.

Transition to Adulthood

Topics to consider when working with student on transitions:

• Transition assessment

• Involving student in planning

• Independent living options

• Post-secondary education

• Vocational training/Employment

Outside agencies may be invited to IEP meetings to help with planning. These may include Department of Mental Health, Vocational Rehabilitation, Commission for the Blind, DDSN/DSN boards, etc.

Transition Assessment

A transition plan should be implemented by age 14. The plan should include measurable post-secondary goals based on age-related transition assessments related to training, education, employment and if appropriate, independent living.