Date of Award


Degree Type

Creative Project

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Special Education and Rehabilitation

Committee Chair(s)

Robert Morgan


Robert Morgan


Kimberly Snow


Jared Schultz


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires transition planning to begin at age 16 years, but many states require transition planning to begin even earlier. In Utah, the amended age for starting transition planning is 14 years. Early implementation of transition planning requires collaboration between middle school teachers, parents, and adult service agencies. Parents of middle school students with significant disabilities completed an online survey to identify postsecondary transition related priorities and knowledge. Participants identified top priorities within seven transition outcomes, as well as the information needed to understand and support their student within each specific transition area. Results showed that middle school parents prioritized the development of social relationships and daily living/functional skills. The highest frequencies included having relationships and seeing friends within organized groups, relationships with family, and living at home. Results from this study will guide transition teachers and service providers in developing training sessions for parents of middle school students.