Career Preparation: 9-12   (#7980110)

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General Course Information and Notes

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The purpose of this course is to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to identify a broad range of career options and community resources and to develop work-related competencies.

Course Requirements

Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

  1. Demonstrate self-awareness of personal abilities and disability and their impact on career planning and career choices.
  2. Describe appropriate self-determination and self-advocacy strategies in a variety of community and workplace situations.

Career Planning

  1. Describe the purpose and components of a personal career plan.

    Identify own interests and aptitudes related to postsecondary education/training and employment.
  2. Create a career plan focusing on postsecondary education/training and employment goals based on results of transition assessments.

Career Exploration

  1. Describe careers in a range of occupational clusters.
  2. Describe career opportunities within each cluster, employment outlook, and postsecondary education/training requirements.

Employability Skills

  1. Demonstrate competencies to conduct a job search, including locating job openings using the newspaper, Internet, and networking with others.
  2. Demonstrate competencies to apply for a job, including completing a generic job application (electronic or paper), creating a basic resume, and preparing responses to common questions in job interviews and pre-employment inventories.
  3. Describe effective work habits and ethical behavior in the workplace.
  4. Describe appropriate attire and personal care skills that meet demands of a variety of workplace situations.

Community Resources and Agencies Related to Careers

  1. Identify community resources and agencies that assist with employment, such as the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and service providers.
  2. Describe sources and features of public and private transportation in the community.


Rights, Benefits, and Responsibilities of Employment

  1. Identify legal rights of persons with disabilities in the school, community, and workplace based on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and child labor laws.
  2. Identify benefits related to employment, such as health insurance, workers compensation, leave time, retirement options, and Social Security.
  3. Identify financial concepts and requirements related to employment, such as wages, withholding taxes, and employment forms (W4, W2).

Workplace Competencies

  1. Describe decision-making and problem-solving processes used in workplace situations.
  2. Identify competencies for employment in a variety of settings.
  3. Identify health and safety requirements in various workplace settings.
  4. Use communication skills (verbal, written, nonverbal) needed for success in the workplace.

General Notes

This is the first of a three-course series designed to prepare students for employment. The first course, Career Preparation (Course Number 7980110), focuses on the acquisition of the necessary knowledge and skills for making career choices. The second course, Career Experiences (Course Number 7980120), provides opportunities for application of the knowledge and skills in school or community work experience situations with supervision and instructional assistance. The third course involves training through paid employment in Career Placement (Course Number 7980130) or Supported Competitive Employment (Course Number 7980150), depending on the student’s needs for support. It is suggested, but not required, that students take all three courses in the series. 

A student may earn multiple credits in this course. The particular course requirements that students should master to earn each credit must be specified on an individual basis. Multiple credits may be earned sequentially or simultaneously.

This course is designed to reflect a range of abilities within the population of students with disabilities. Course requirements may be modified based on individual needs.


English Language Development (ELD) Standards Special Notes Section:

Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate for social and instructional purposes within the school setting.   For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link:



As well as any certification requirements listed on the course description, the following qualifications may also be acceptable for the course:

Any career/technical field or coverage (any career/technical coverage, degreed or non-degreed, that is listed in the CCD).

General Information

Course Number: 7980110
Abbreviated Title: CAR PREP: 9-12
Number of Credits: Multiple credits
Course Length: Multiple (M) - Course length can vary
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 9,10,11,12

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