Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan


This literature review examined the transition skill development of students with disabilities through high school, school-to-work experiences. Students are graduating from high school at ever-increasing levels of under-preparedness for the world they are entering, whether it is employment or postsecondary education. School-to-work programs are one way to support youth in their preparation toward leaving school and transitioning into adulthood. In addition, students with a disability have higher rates of unemployment than their non-disabled peers, indicating that they are leaving school less employable. Phillips, et al. (2002) identified four characteristics of students that are prepared to transition out of high school: 1) clear and realistic plans, 2) generalizable work skills, 3) optimism about plans, and 4) resilience in the face of obstacles. The conclusion is that work based learning experiences do help high school students, both with disabilities and without, develop transition skills.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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