Transition Plans

What it is

Transition plans are a required component of Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Students on IEPs who are 14 years of age and older require a transition plan as part of their IEP to plan for post-secondary activities, except for students who are solely identified with giftedness. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and other students who need support with changes, will also have a transition plan to prepare for daily transitions, between activities or locations, as their specific needs indicate. Transition plans can be utilized for students to help them cope with change.


• Develop transition plans with a team consisting of teachers, special education teacher, educational workers, administrator, parent/guardian, and especially the student.
• Utilize non-teacher professional reports and suggestions.
• Revise throughout the school year, typically at reporting periods or as dictated by changes in student needs.
• Include specific steps/plans with deadlines and strategies.
• Consider supporting the transition plan with alternative curriculum expectations that teach needed social skills related to post-secondary goals.

Associated student needs:
Transition skills

Ministry Resources
Daily Transition Strategies
Transition to Kindergarten Strategies

Ontario Ministry of Education document.

Elementary to Secondary Transition Strategies
Secondary to Post-Secondary Transition Strategies

For students with learning disabilities transitioning to York University.

Student Needs IPRC Exceptionalites Diagnosed Conditions