Supported Employment: Preparing High School Students for Successful Employment Outcomes

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January 24 - March 6, 2022    This offering has reached its registration capacity and is no longer available for registration.
June 20 - August 1, 2022    Registration for this offering will start May 4.

Course Overview:

"Supported Employment: Preparing High School Students for Successful Employment Outcomes" course is an introductory overview to the supported employment process. This course is designed to provide secondary educators of students with disabilities the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for the development of effective meaningful paid employment opportunities. These online lessons contain video lectures, readings and resources that can be used to equip educators with the knowledge and skills for the transition to supported employment. *Please note that this is NOT a self-paced course. You will have assignments and due dates that must be adhered to.

Intended Audience:

This course is targeted for middle and high school special educators in Virginia who have an interest in learning more about developing effective supported employment opportunities. Registration is open to the first 100 who enroll.

Recertification Hours:

This course is graded on a pass/fail basis and the only final grades available are P (pass) or F (fail). If the course is passed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion with 35 points that can be used for recertification if approved by your building administrator.

You are expected to complete the entire course in order to receive a certificate. The school district will be responsible for designating the actual number of points that a teacher can earn for participating in this online course.

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) Credits:

The Center on Transition Innovations (CTI) offers free online courses that are pre-approved for CRC credits. Participants must finish all required assignments within a specified time frame to be eligible to receive 35 CRC credits and/or the certificate of completion.


Lesson 1: Philosophy and Values of Supported Employment

Lesson 2: Employment Profile and Discovery

Lesson 3: Marketing and Job Development

Lesson 4: Customized Employment

Lesson 5: Job Site Support

Lesson 6: Follow-along Services and Social Security

Course Structure:

This course consists of six weekly lessons. Each lesson will be available every Monday morning by 10:00 a.m. The course web site is always available, and a participant may log in at any time in order to view content, listen to the lectures, and complete the assignments. Each lesson will require approximately 5-6 hours of time to complete.

As a result of taking the course, a participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the federal policy and historical overview of supported employment.
  • Describe Discovery and the importance of getting to know the job seeker.
  • Identify the assessment process for employment and describe the components of an employment profile.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the need for a marketing plan and describe the strategies for conducting job development.
  • Discuss the various job-site training strategies (e.g., natural cues, workplace supports, compensatory strategies, instructional strategies, assistive technology) and their applications.
  • Define the features of a high quality follow-along support plan.
  • Discuss the social security benefit programs and eligibility requirements for transition-aged youth and explain how those benefits are affected by work.

Technical Requirements:

A participant's computer must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (free software), and Adobe Flash Player (free software). Each participant MUST have an individual e-mail account. If the individual does not already have an account, a free one can be set up through We send updates on the course activities and feedback on course activities through e-mail contact. A participant must be able to receive and send messages in order to benefit from this online experience.