Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Teacher Education


This study used input from former students of a high school district in San Jose CA to identify which high school practices improved the actual employment rate of these students two and three years after they left high school. Typically special education students are underemployed and unemployed after high school as compared to their general education counterparts. The high school practices that were studied included paid employment in high school, career counselling and coaching, vocational classes, knowledge of their disability and the necessary accommodations to compensate in the work world, a diploma or a certificate or a drop-out. Results found that knowledge of their necessary accommodations, possession of a driver's license and paid employment in high school were some of the factors associated with more positive outcomes.


Thesis (M.A.) Teacher Education Department