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

Ontario Ministry of Education document.

Ontario Ministry of Education document. See Appendix for examples.

Ontario Ministry of Education

Daily Transition Strategies
Transition to Kindergarten Strategies
Elementary to Secondary Transition Strategies

Ontario Ministry of Education resource.

Secondary to Post-Secondary Transition Strategies

For students with learning disabilities transitioning to York University.