Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in Educational Leadership


Educational Services and Leadership


College of Education

First Advisor

Moyer, David


Students with disabilities--Education (Secondary)


Educational Leadership


The purpose of the study was to review the curricula, programs, and supports offered at Washington Township High School for the purpose of determining if the necessary transition skills are being taught to prepare special needs students for a successful transition to college. The participants included teachers, guidance counselors, principals, child study team members, a "504" Officer, and a Supervisor of special education.

Data was collected through a survey that was developed by the intern and approved by the IRB. The intern was also able to gather information through discussions held with the staff at WTHS and a "504" Officer. The findings suggested that the necessary transition skills are taught at the high school level which address student transition to a college setting. A study skills curriculum was added for use in the 2005-2006 school year. Further curricula will be reviewed to teach self-advocacy and self-determination skills to students. The study will be continued as a longitudinal study in the future. Additional data and information will be gathered from parents and students, as future participants and stakeholders at Washington Township High School.