Standard 8: Participating in IFSP/IEPs and Post-Secondary Transition Planning

The program provides candidates opportunities to demonstrate the ability to participate effectively as a team member and/or case manager for the IFSP/IEP/transition planning process, from pre-referral interventions and requisite assessment processes, through planning specially designed instruction to support access to the core curriculum, developing appropriate IFSP/IEP/transition planning goals based on standards and following all legal requirements of the IFSP/IEP/transition planning process.

Candidates will learn to participate as case managers for the IFSP/IEP/transition planning process in CDDS 201 Interviewing and Counseling in Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies and in the Assessments course, CDDS 255. Background knowledge of the process is provided in CDDS 114 Education of Exceptional Children with a review of the IDEA regulations for Part C services, as well as Part B services. For each disability category covered in the CDDS 114 course, preschool, elementary, and middle school to high school accommodations are presented.

Candidates review transition from services for infants to services for preschool age students in CDDS 255 Assessments. Designated instructional services are discussed in CDDS 114.  Candidates in the teacher training program benefit from ongoing partnership with the local service provider, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center (DHHSC). Adult transition is covered in CDDS 255 and local resources are discussed in CDDS 264. Candidates observe or participate in the IFSP/IEP process in the assessments course, CDDS 255, in a 30 hour practicum placement, and during their student teaching placement for CDDS 258 and Externship for CDDS 268.