Valerie Bell

Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


Educational Studies

First Advisor

Kathleen Marshall


This study examined the extent school psychologists reported pre-service training programs addressed involvement in transition programming (e.g., planning, monitoring, and evaluation); their involvement in it; their desire to be involved in transition; possible factors influencing school psychologists’ involvement in it; and if pre-service and professional training in transition affects school psychologists’ involvement and perceptions of their role in the process. Four hundred-fifteen respondents completed and anonymous, online survey. Results indicated participants had not received pre-service training or professional development related to transition; they were rarely or never involved in transition at the elementary, middle, and/or high school levels, although they indicated it was important to be; and caseload size, current responsibilities, transition programming not being a part of their job descriptions, and current work setting had the greatest influence on their involvement in transition. The implications for both practice and research are discussed.