About the Middle-Level CTE Instructional Modules

  • The curricular guidance framework for New York State middle-level career and technical education (CTE) is comprised of 33 instructional modules.
  • There are two types of modules: Theme modules and Content 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Theme and Content modules are intended to work together (see diagram).
  • 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.
  • Schools will use the framework as they make decisions to personalize middle-level CTE instruction in their settings. The framework will assist schools in answering the question:

How can we design project-based learning experiences that will help our middle-school students gain foundational CTE knowledge and skills through the lens of the CTE content area(s) we have represented in our school?

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