Career Research and Decision Making   (#1700380)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

The purpose of this course is to develop career planning competencies, enabling students to make informed career choices and develop the skills needed to successfully plan and apply for college or a job.

The content should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • goal-setting and decision-making processes
  • self-assessment
  • sources of career information
  • occupational fields and educational requirements -postsecondary education and training opportunities -writing, listening, viewing, and speaking skills for applications and interviews
  • financial planning and sources of educational financial assistance
  • career planning

After successfully completing this course, the student will:

  1. Identify and demonstrate use of the steps of systematic goal-setting and decision-making processes.
  2. Demonstrate use of techniques for self-assessment (e.g., inventories, journals, surveys, interviews) to determine personal career interests and capabilities.
  3. Demonstrate use of strategies for identifying personal strengths and weaknesses and making improvements.
  4. Demonstrate use of career resources to identify preferred occupational fields, career opportunities within each field, employment prospects, and education or training requirements.
  5. Demonstrate appropriate writing, listening, viewing, and speaking skills needed to successfully apply for postsecondary education or work (e.g., writing a letter of application, résumé, or essay; compiling a portfolio; filling out an application; participating in an interview).
  6. Understand the importance of financial planning and demonstrate knowledge of varied types and sources of financial aid to obtain assistance for postsecondary education.
  7. Develop a personal education and career plan.

Florida’s Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards
This course includes Florida’s B.E.S.T. ELA Expectations (EE) and Mathematical Thinking and Reasoning Standards (MTRs) for students. Florida educators should intentionally embed these standards within the content and their instruction as applicable. For guidance on the implementation of the EEs and MTRs, please visit and select the appropriate B.E.S.T. Standards package.

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:

Version Requirements

These requirements include, but are not limited to, the benchmarks from the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and Florida Standards that are most relevant to this course. Benchmarks correlated with a specific course requirement may also be addressed by other course requirements as appropriate. Some requirements in this course are not addressed in the Sunshine State Standards. Other subject areas and content may be used to fulfill course requirements.


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

Any field when certification reflects a bachelor or higher degree.

General Information

Course Number: 1700380
Abbreviated Title: CAR RESA & DECI MAK
Number of Credits: Half credit (.5)
Course Length: Semester (S)
Course Type: Elective Course
Course Level: 2
Course Status: State Board Approved
Grade Level(s): 9,10,11,12

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