In September 2017, the Board of Regents made a permanent revision to CR 100.4 (c) as it pertains to CTE. The regulation provides that all middle-level students are entitled to 1 ¾ unit career and technical education (CTE). Instruction can begin as early as grade 5 and all instruction can be delivered by teachers certified in any title in any CTE content area.

A curricular guidance framework has been developed to assist schools in implementation of this middle-level CTE regulation. The curricular guidance is comprised of 33 instructional modules.  There are two types of modules: Theme modules and Content modules.  For more information regarding how the modules are designed to work together, please see About the Modules.

Theme Modules

Theme modules are the basis for middle-level CTE. They  are foundational, cross-content, and standards-based. They represent knowledge and skills that will benefit all students as they move to high school, regardless of the pathway they choose.  The six Theme modules are designed for instruction by teachers certified in any title in any of the six CTE content areas (i.e., Agriculture, Business and Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Science, Technology, and Trade and Technical).

The Theme modules are available for download below: 

Career and Community Opportunities

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of the influences that societal, economic, and technological changes have on employment and the impact that employability skills, interests, and aptitudes have on individuals’ career choices and postsecondary options?

Communication and Interpersonal Relationships

What communication and interpersonal skills can enhance an individual's ability to develop caring, respectful, effective relationships within the home, school, community, and workplace?

Financial and Consumer Literacy

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate an introductory understanding of how money can be managed and how individuals can create and achieve financial goals while managing financial challenges?

Health, Safety, and Wellness

What knowledge and skills are needed for individuals to consistently promote and practice safe and healthy behaviors that encourage wellness in home, school, workplace, and community setting?

Problem Solving and Innovation

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of the application of problem-solving processes and the acquisition, evaluation, and application of the products of research for informed decision making?

Sustainability

What knowledge and skills are necessary to evaluate the long-term effects of personal practices on the environment and to demonstrate introductory understanding of how to use and conserve resources to meet human needs while minimizing harm to the environment?

Content Modules

Content modules supply context for the Themes. They are specific to each CTE content area, standards-based, and connect middle-level to high school. Content modules are designed for instruction by teachers certified for that content. CTE teachers will use the Content modules aligned with their certification areas to develop meaningful  learning experiences that help their students attain the Theme module standards. The  Content modules provide the context to engage students in the themes.

The Content modules, by CTE content area,  are available for download below: 

Agriculture

Introduction to Agriculture and Leadership

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of what is needed to be a successful citizen in the agriculture industry?

Animals in the Agriculture industry

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of the development, management, and care of animals in the agriculture industry?

Plants in the Agriculture Industry

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of the development, management, and care of plants in the agriculture industry?

Stewardship of the Land

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of agricultural impacts on natural resource systems?

Agriculture Mechanics

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of how power, mechanical, and technical systems support efficient and effective work in the agriculture industry?

Business and Marketing

Business Communication

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate an introductory understanding of the various modes, styles, and techniques of effective business communication?

Business Career Portfolio

What knowledge and skills are necessary for individuals to create the elements and behaviors needed for success in the job seeking process? 

Computer Literacy for the Workplace

How can one use technology to communicate appropriately and effectively in the business world?

Entrepreneurship

What building blocks must be in place for an entrepreneurial idea to become a viable business in the community?

Family and Consumer Sciences

Individual Growth and Life Readiness

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of self, interests, aptitudes, and abilities as they relate to personal development, employability, and financial readiness?

Human Development and Relationships

How do positive individual and family relationships across the lifespan help human beings develop and thrive? What impact does the family have on the well-being of individuals and society?

Apparel and Textile Production and Design

What knowledge and skills are necessary for selecting, purchasing, creating, and maintaining apparel and textiles for a variety of activities and settings?

Environmental Design and Management

What knowledge and skills are necessary for designing and managing living spaces to ensure safety, conserve natural resources, and achieve personal expression?

Nutrition and Wellness

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory skills for planning, selecting, purchasing, preparing, serving, and storing nutritious foods?

Food Systems and Production

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of choices, availability, sustainability, purchasing, preparation, and production of food?

Health Science

Health Science Career Pathways

What personal skills, abilities, and aptitudes are needed for success in health science careers?

Communication and Client Interaction

What skills and abilities are necessary to communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in health science careers?

Safety in Health Science Careers

What knowledge and skills are required to prevent, prepare for, and respond to injuries and illnesses in the health science field?

Client Care

What personal skills, abilities, and aptitudes do health sciences professionals need to provide appropriate client care through careers in each health science career pathway?

Technology

The Nature of Technology

What do students need to understand about the nature of technology to prepare them to become technologically literate and adaptable members of society?

Technology and Society

What do students need to understand about how technology impacts the social, cultural, and environmental contexts of our ever-changing world?

Design

What do students need to understand about how to apply design processes to address human needs and wants?

Abilities for a Technological World

What do students need to understand to be able to use, manage, assess, and create technological products and systems in a rapidly changing technological world?

The Designed World

What do students need to understand how the designed world supports the development of systems and products by humans?

Trade and Technical

Exploring Trade and Technical Careers

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of the personal skills, abilities, and aptitudes needed for success in trade and technical careers?

Measurement in Trade and Technical Fields

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate introductory understanding of systems of measurement and the ways accurate measurements assist trade and technical workers in the successful completion of their work?

Safety in Trade and Technical Fields

What knowledge and skills are necessary to demonstrate appropriate and consistent use of policies, equipment, and techniques that foster workplace safety in trade and technical careers?