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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

Early Childhood Special Education Studies: M.S.


Child and Family Studies


School of Education

First Advisor

JoAnn Johnson

Second Advisor

Fatemeh Zarghami

Third Advisor

Jerry Wellik

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Self-Determination, Person-Centered Planning, Early childhood Special Education


An understanding of what self-determination is, how young children become self-determined, and how self-determination can be supported in early childhood by families and professionals and the variables that impact self-determination is provided.

I describe what Person-Centered planning is, give educational professionals needed information on implementing person-centered planning as an alternative to traditional means of transition planning, develop an understanding how person-centered planning not only enhances the family–professional relationship, but how it can be incorporated in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).