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Applied Studies Diploma, Curriculum Map & Progress Report (Virginia Department of Education, VDOE)


The Applied Studies Diploma is a diploma option available to students identified as having a disability who complete the requirements of their individualized education programs (IEPs) and meet certain requirements prescribed by the Board of Education pursuant to regulations, but do not meet the requirements for any named diploma.

This includes a Webinar Series on the Applied Studies Diploma:

  • Applied Studies Diploma Overview
  • Applied Studies Diploma Part 2: The Curriculum Map
  • Applied Studies Diploma Part 3: Instruction
  • Applied Studies Diploma Part 4: Planning & Reporting

The Applied Studies Curriculum Map (PDF) is a set of skills and competencies that IEP teams can use to identify the need for additional instruction that the student will need to achieve their postsecondary goals. These skills are not standards or required to earn the Applied Studies Diploma, but provide guidance to teams in aligning the student’s transition goals with the goals outlined in the annual IEP. The Applied Studies Curriculum Map provides a guide in which teachers, students, families, and other team members can identify skills that will have a direct impact on the student’s achievement of their post-secondary goals.


Curriculum/Instructional Methods Diploma Options Employment High School History/Social Science Independent Living Individualized Education Program (IEP) Intellectual Disability Math Middle School Mild/Moderate Disabilities Multiple Disabilities Orthopedic Impairment Parent/Family Professional Resources Science Transition