The Occupational Course of Study (OCS) is one of two courses of study a student with a disability may complete to graduate with a high school diploma in North Carolina.
•The Occupational Course of Study is intended to meet the needs of a small group of students with disabilities who need a modified curriculum that focuses on post-school employment and independent living.
•The vast majority of students with disabilities will complete the Future-Ready Core Course of Study with the use of accommodations, modifications, supplemental aids, and services as needed.
•The OCS is a modified standard course of study consisting of fifteen courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, and occupational preparation.
•Students are also required to complete career/technical education credits, healthful living, and electives, as needed to complete local graduation requirements.
•Each student must complete 300 hours of school-based vocational training, 240 hours of community-based vocational training, and 360 hours of paid employment.
•Each student must complete a career portfolio documenting completion of course of study requirements.
•The IEP Team, which includes parents and the student, makes recommendations as to the appropriateness of the OCS for a particular student based on his/her post-school transition needs and goals.
Final selection of the OCS is an IEP team decision.