Date of Award


Degree Name

Special Education


College of Education

Type of Degree


Document Type

Research Paper

Second Advisor

Lori A. Howard


The purpose of this study is to survey special education teachers in a rural high school in a rural Mid-Atlantic state. The survey collected data about attitudes and perceptions of the transition planning process and how these attitudes impact the amount of instructional time that is spent teaching self-determination skills to their students. Generally, the survey results indicated that although teachers feel that transition planning is important, they also find it difficult to incorporate self-determination instruction with the Common Core curriculum. Less than half of the respondents indicated that they feel as though the transition curriculum that they use effectively prepares students for postsecondary endeavors. Interestingly, the majority of the respondents feel that transition planning should be provided for all students with an IEP including middle school and high school students.


CISP 615 Special Education Research


Special education teachers.