Fact Sheet
Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies
(Intermediate Level)

The information below is taken from the Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies Guide from the New York State Education Department. Information from the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) standards for students at the intermediate level is shown. The complete guide can be obtained by contacting your local SETRC or the New York State Education Department.

Standard 1: Career Development

Students will be knowledgeable about the world of work, explore career options and relate personal skills, aptitudes and abilities to future career decisions.

Intermediate Level

Students will learn about the changing nature of the workplace, the value of work to society and the connection of work to the achievement of personal goals

  • Continue development of a career plan
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship among personal interests, skills and abilities and career research.
  • Understand the relationship of personal interests, skills and abilities to successful employment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the changing nature of the work and educational requirements.
  • Understand the relationship of personal choices to future career decisions

 

Standard 2: Integrated Learning

Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.

Intermediate Level

Integrated learning encourages students to use essential academic concepts, facts and procedures in applications related to life skills and the world of work. This approach allows students to see the usefulness of the concepts that they are being asked to learn and to understand their potential application in the world of work.

  • Apply academic knowledge and skills using an interdisciplinary approach to demonstrate the relevance of how these skills are applied in work-related situations in local, state, national and international communities.
  • Solve problems that call for applying academic knowledge and skills.
  • Use academic knowledge and skills in an occupational context and demonstrate the application of these skills by using a variety of communication techniques (e.g., sign language, pictures, videos, reports and technology)

 

Standard 3A: Universal Foundation Skills

Intermediate Level

Basic Skills include the ability to read, write, listen and speak as well as perform arithmetical and mathematical functions.

  • Listen to and read the ideas of others and analyze what they hear and read; acquire and use information from a variety of sources; and apply a combination of mathematical operations to solve problems in oral and written form.

Thinking Skills lead to problem solving, experimenting and focused observation and allow the application of knowledge to new and unfamiliar situation.

  • Evaluate facts, solve advanced problems and make decisions by applying logic and reasoning skills.

Personal Qualities generally include competence in self-management and the ability to plan, organize and take independent action.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between individuals and society and interact with others in a positive manner.

Interpersonal Skills. Positive Interpersonal Qualities lead to teamwork and cooperation in large and small groups in family, social and work situations.

  • Demonstrate the ability to work with others, present facts that support arguments, listen to dissenting points of view and reach a shared decision.

Technology is the process and product of human skill and ingenuity in designing and creating things from available resources to satisfy personal and societal needs and wants.

  • Select and use appropriate technology to complete a task.

Managing Information focuses on the ability to access and use information obtained form other people, community resources and computer networks.

  • Select and communicate information in an appropriate format (e.g., oral, written, graphic, pictorial, multimedia).

Managing Resources includes the application of financial and human factors and the elements of time and materials to successfully carry out a planned activity.

  • Understand the material, human and financial resources needed to accomplish tasks and activities.

Systems Skills include the understanding of and ability to work within natural and constructed systems.

  • Understand the process of evaluating and modifying systems and organizations.

 

Refer to the Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies Guide for the complete listing of CDOS standards including samples of student work for each standard.