New York State (NYS) Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential
The Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential is a certificate that is intended to indicate a student’s readiness for entry-level jobs. The CDOS Commencement Credential can be awarded either in addition to a Regents or Local diploma or to a student with a disability who is unable to earn a Regents or Local diploma.
The CDOS Commencement Credential is available to students with IEPs who do not take the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA). To receive the credential, students must have attended school for at least 12 years (excluding kindergarten) or reached the end of the school year in which they turned 21. The CDOS Commencement Credential is not available to general education students.
**The CDOS Commencement Credential is NOT a diploma and cannot be used to apply to college, the military, or trade schools.
Demonstrate Mastery of CDOS Learning Standards:
1. Career Development
2. Integrated Learning
3. Universal Foundation Skills
Participate in at least 216 hours of Work Based Learning.
(This can be done in a variety of ways and hours may be accrued beginning in 9th grade)
NOTE: 216 Hours is equivalent to 2 units of study or two classes and may be met by the following:
1. Actual work experience OR
2. Career & Technical Education up to 162 hours AND minimum of 54 hours of WBL OR
3. NYS registered WBL program up to 216 hours OR
4. Other WBL Options (any combination but must add up to 216 hours)
a) Community based work program
b) Job shadowing
c) Community service/volunteering
d) Service learning
e) Senior project
f) School-based enterprise
CDOS is a central part of every classroom.
Our students are engaged in real-life learning experiences which are authentic and project based. Many lessons are hands-on and connect to careers. Students explore various career paths with no boundaries or limiting their choices. They participate in entrepreneurial endeavors like the school store here in our school environment. They are able to connect what they've learned to future goals and apply their skills to the real world.