Supported Competitive Employment   (#7980150)

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The purpose of this course is to provide customized training through paid employment for students with disabilities to facilitate progress toward attaining measurable postsecondary goals in a customized, paid employment situation. This course will enable students to apply career knowledge and skills to perform work-related behaviors in a paid employment situation with needed supports and assistance.

Course Requirements

Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

1.   Apply skills of self-advocacy and self-determination in the community and workplace.

Career Planning

2.   Apply planning processes in evaluating and revising a personal career plan, including postsecondary education/training and employment goals.

Community Resources

3.   Use various community resources, such as agencies and transportation, to meet needs related to employment and postsecondary education/training.

Rights, Benefits, and Responsibilities of Employment

4.   Explain the legal rights and responsibilities of employees in the workplace based on labor laws and disability laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. 

5.   Explain the legal responsibilities of employers in the workplace, including providing accommodations and grievance procedures, in compliance with labor laws and disability laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Rehabilitation Act.

6.   Follow procedures to access employment benefits, such as leave time, workers’ compensation, and retirement options.

Workplace Competencies

7.   Perform job-specific duties required to maintain employment.

8.   Demonstrate effective work habits, ethical behavior, and appropriate attire and personal care skills required to maintain employment.

9.   Demonstrate effective communication and cooperation with the employment specialist, supervisors, and co-workers.

10. Follow personal practices and safety rules and regulations to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

11. Use decision-making and problem-solving skills required to maintain employment. 

12. Use oral and written communication skills needed in the workplace.

13. Use technological tools needed in the workplace.

Financial Management

14. Demonstrate personal money-management skills related to employment, such as applying for direct deposit of paychecks and obtaining and securing paychecks.

General Notes

This is the last course of a three-course sequence designed to prepare students for careers and post-school adult living. 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 or instructional assistance. The third course involves 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. 

The Supported Competitive Employment course is designed for students who are generally capable of living and working with ongoing supervision and support. Placement of a student in the Supported Competitive Employment course is determined by the amount of support and assistance that must be provided for the student as specified in the student’s individual educational plan (IEP). Supports are based on the needs of the individual student outlined in an individual task analysis:

  • Sequential job duties
  • Work habits
  • Levels of support
  • Accommodations needed to accomplish job duties
  • Mastery scale of job duties

Features of customized employment include intensive onsite training, fading, ongoing monitoring, and onsite advocacy. Students receive one-to-one intensive training by an employment specialist/job coach. Students receive ongoing support with at least one hour of follow-along services per week at the job site after stabilization has been attained. Stabilization refers to the point at which onsite training and support services in an individual employment situation have been 20 percent or less of normal work hours for at least 60 calendar days.

This course enables students with disabilities to apply career knowledge and skills to perform work-related behaviors with individualized, on-the-job support from an employment specialist/job coach. Students may require ongoing support services (natural supports, agency services) to master the knowledge and skills associated with their work competencies. The job or jobs for which the student is being trained should be reflected in the student’s IEP.

NOTE: The student is paid at or above minimum wage in accordance with the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (

A student may earn multiple credits in this course. The particular course requirements that the student 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: 7980150
Abbreviated Title: SUP COMPE EMPLOY
Number of Credits: Multiple credits
Course Length: Multiple (M) - Course length can vary
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
Course Type: Core Academic Course
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 9,10,11,12
Graduation Requirement: Vocational

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