A Career Education Curriculum: For Developmentally Disabled Secondary Students in Preparation for Community Adjustment

Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



First Advisor

Dr. Glenn Madsen


The primary objective of this project is to provide a curriculum for special education teachers working with severe developmentally disabled individuals in the secondary school level. Through investigation of several work placements and employers, several areas were identified as necessary skills for successful employment. They consisted of behavior or social competence, mobility, communication, transportation, self-help/grooming and work related skills, performance speed, attitude toward employers, co-workers and work situations and the ability to follow directions. This curriculum promotes the acquisition of Brolin's 22 competencies that fall into three major categories: daily living skills, personal-social skills and occupational skills. These competencies relate to successful career and vocational development for all handicapped students.


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