Preparation for Entrepreneurship/Self-Employment   (#7980040)

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 The purpose of this course is to prepare students with disabilities to pursue entrepreneurship/self-employment. Students will acquire skills needed to explore their potential as entrepreneurs and develop necessary skills to plan and operate a business with support and assistance.

Course Requirements

Overview of Entrepreneurship/Self-Employment

  1. Describe the importance and economic impact of small businesses, including entrepreneurship/self-employment.
  2. Identify advantages and disadvantages of owning a business and working for an established business.
  3. Identify strategies for generating ideas and planning a new business.
  4. Explain the importance of adhering to government regulations when owning and operating a business.
  5. Describe the importance of ethics in business.
  6. Describe entrepreneurship/self-employment opportunities as a career planning option.

Person-Centered Planning 

  1. Identify personal strengths, interests, aptitudes, and abilities related to entrepreneurship/self-employment opportunities.
  2. Identify individual supports needed, such as family and community agencies and resources, to start a business.
  3. Create and maintain a personal and career plan.

Agency Linkages 

  1. Match agency services and supports to personal needs for entrepreneurship/self-employment.
  2. Follow procedures to access and use needed agency resources.

Business Planning

  1. Identify the purpose and components of a business plan.
  2. Identify resources available to assist in the development of a business plan.
  3. Explain how to evaluate the performance of a self-owned and -operated business, such as goals, outcomes, and impact; and effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.
  4. Develop a personal business plan for entrepreneurship/self-employment based on an identified area of interest.

Essential Skills

  1. Present appropriate information to specific audiences, interpret verbal and nonverbal responses, and apply listening skills to obtain and clarify information.
  2. Analyze data and construct charts/tables/graphs to track business performance, make decisions, and solve problems.
  3. Demonstrate financial-management concepts, procedures, and strategies related to business ownership. 
  4. Employ technological tools to meet business needs. 
  5. Demonstrate effective working relationships to accomplish objectives and tasks. 
  6. Employ critical thinking skills, creativity, and interpersonal skills to solve problems and resolve conflicts. 
  7. Describe personal practices and jobsite safety rules and regulations required to maintain safe and healthy work environments. 

General Notes

This course is intended for students with disabilities in grades 11–12 and for students with disabilities who have not graduated with a standard diploma and are 18–22 years old. It is recommended that students have previously completed Career Preparation: 9–12 (Course Number 7980110), or Transition Planning: 9–12 (Course Number 7960010).This course is not intended to assist students with opening their own business, but to provide them with the necessary skills to pursue entrepreneurship/self-employment post-school. 

Features of the entrepreneurship/self-employment course may include a school-based enterprise, intensive training, monitoring, advocacy, and support. It is recommended that students become involved in the development and implementation of a business plan for a school-based enterprise, if available.

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.



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: 7980040
Abbreviated Title: PREP FOR ENTREP/EMP
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
Graduation Requirement: Vocational

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