Families and Students

Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS)

Work Readiness Credential

This credential recognizes each individual student’s preparation and skills for post-school employment.

Effective transition planning and services for students with disabilities includes appropriate assessment of

  • a student’s needs, preferences, strengths and skills
  • realistic identification of post-secondary goals
  • development of an infrastructure to support instruction in the CDOS learning standards
  • participation in career exploration and work and community-based learning experience
  • increased opportunities for students to earn a diploma
  • collaboration among regional partners responsible for the transition process and early referral to adult agencies.

The establishment of a Regents-endorsed graduation credential that recognizes the accomplishments of students in these areas emphasizes the importance of this instruction for schools, helps to focus student commitment to career exploration and development, and provides potential employers with documentation on which students are exiting school with demonstrated knowledge and experience for entry-level employment.

How do students meet these requirements?

  • Developing Career Readiness and Social Skills

Through individualized curriculum and work experiences students develop the skills necessary for successful employment post-graduation

  • Work-Based Learning Experiences

Students are supported in a variety of approved work-based learning experiences that allow real world skill application


  • at least 216 documented hours of Career and Technical Education Coursework AND/OR Work-Based Learning Experiences
    • a minimum of 54 hours MUST BE completed as Work-Based Learning Experiences
  • Completion of an annual Career Plan
  • Completion of an Employability Profile
    • Students must exhibit mastery of the identified skill areas