Note: The following curriculum resources are listed for informational purposes only and are not an endorsement of any product or indication of state approval. Decisions on the quality, appropriateness, selection, and use of any of these resources is a local decision.
The beginning resource for ay CTE curriculum planning is the Common Career Technical Core (CCTC.)
Common Career Technical Core
- The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) establishes a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE).
- The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators, and researchers, which was coordinated by Advance CTE.
CTE Online - California Curriculum
- The CTE Online curriculum tools help programs and educators collaboratively create and share models of effective instruction
- Fifteen (15) career clusters represented
CTE Curriculum Frameworks - Florida Department of Education
- The Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs section is responsible for developing and maintaining educational programs that prepare individuals for occupations important to Florida’s economic development.
- Each program is aligned to a career cluster and is detailed in curriculum frameworks. With partners from education, business and industry, and trade associations, the curriculum frameworks include program standards that are both academically integrated and responsive to business and industry.
America Achieves Network
Free career exploration course called Quest for Success can be used by districts across the US to help middle and high school students develop essential 21st-century skills.
Coding is an essential skill that everyone should have the opportunity to learn. Apple has Swift — a powerful programming language —more intuitive and easy to learn. Apple provides a number of teacher resources and online professional development tools to become an Apple Distinguished educator capable of bringing these coding skills to the classroom.
- Delivery platform that integrates robust pedagogy, instructor and student support, and partner enablement for end-to-end teaching and learning solutions.
- Courses are self-paced online, or instructor-led in classrooms at colleges and high schools, with hands-on practice and simulation software. Courses lead to specific certifications.
- Courses now include cybersecurity, IoT, programming, and entrepreneurship.
CTE online is an excellent instructional resource which includes over 3,400 lesson plans aligned to Common Core, NGSS and CTE Standards, as well as integrated STEM pathways projects.
Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
- Rigorous national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides a high level of educational experiences to increase science, mathematics, and English language understanding.
- CASE develops curriculum utilizing science inquiry for lesson foundation, and concepts are taught using activity-, project-, and problem-based instructional strategies.
- CASE supports quality teaching by providing extensive professional development for teachers that leads to certification.
Contextualized Learning Concepts
- Contextualized Learning Concepts is an interdisciplinary curriculum covering core mathematics concepts team-taught in the context of hands-on projects via two programs - Geometry in Construction and AMPED.
- Geometry in Construction is a combination of high school geometry and construction.
- AMPED is a combination of Algebra 1 and Manufacturing Processes, Entrepreneurship and Design.
Applied Educational Systems (AES)
- Provides digital curriculum systems in health science, business education, career readiness, and computer application classrooms.
- The digital curriculum includes hands-on activities, teaching materials, self-paced lessons, projects, and assessments.
Engineering by Design™
- Standards-based national curriculum for grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context.
- Uses a constructivist instructional model where students learn concepts and principles in an authentic, problem-/project-based environment.
- A nonprofit organization sponsored by Global Infrastructure Partners to encourage students to pursue engineering by providing high school students, at no cost, a curriculum of labs developed and delivered by engineers.
- Labs, aligned to NGSS, include an interactive student workbook, and student kits with lab materials.
- A free online entrepreneurial education course developed by the New York Small Business Development Center for NYS educators.
- EntreSkills for Educators is an interactive, web-based program for NYS high schools, BOCES, and homeschool educators.
- It provides students with an introduction to entrepreneurship and the skills needed to start and operate a business. Educators can create customized lessons and quizzes.
- Provides free curricula, instructional materials, and training for teaching ethics and ethical decision-making.
- The High School Program targets students active in business courses, including participants in student organizations such as DECA and FBLA, but could apply to all CTE programs.
- Provides standards-aligned online courses to schools at no cost. EVERFI has Financial Literacy programs for both middle and high school, helping students learn topics like saving, credit scores, interest, budgeting, and more.
- The courses are narrated, interactive, and fun for students, with built-in games and quizzes to check for understanding.
- Offers an innovative approach of online and blended solutions for Career and Technical Education (CTE).
- A comprehensive, end-to-end program from students’ exploration to preparation for industry-recognized certifications in 24 career pathways.
High Schools That Work
Tech Centers That Work
High Schools That Work (HSTW), sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board, has more than 1,200 sites in 30 states and the District of Columbia following the HSTW Goals and Key Practices to raise student achievement and graduation rates. HSTW provides publications, case studies, site development guides, and other materials to help improve high school curriculum and instruction across the nation. HSTW’s Annual Staff Development Conference, which attracts nearly 4,000 educators each year, is a focal point for year-round professional development. Technology Centers That Work is a companion network that helps CTE centers improve student readiness for college and careers.
- iCEV offers an innovative, learning-on-demand platform, educators have access to pre-built, fully customizable courses complete with multimedia lessons and supporting coursework.
- The iCEV platform features a comprehensive Career & Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and instructional materials for eight major subject areas
Linked Learning, based in California, is a successful approach to education based on the idea that students work harder and dream bigger if their education is relevant to them. Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics that meet college-ready standards with sequenced, high-quality career-technical education, work-based learning, and supports to help students stay on track. Education is organized around industry-sector themes. The industry theme is woven into lessons taught by teachers who collaborate across subject areas with input from working professionals and reinforced by work-based learning with employers. Participating schools follow a core set of principles to engage students in rigorous and relevant learning.
- MBA Research (Marketing and Business Administration Research and Curriculum Center) is a not-for-profit organization that supports educators in the preparation of students for careers in business and marketing.
- MBA Research offers course guides, programs of study, learning modules, assessments and an online learning center.
NAF is a national network of education, business, and community leaders who work together to ensure high school students are college, career, and future ready. Since 1982, NAF has been partnering with high schools in high-need communities to enhance school systems at a low cost by implementing NAF academies – small learning communities within traditional high schools. NAF has grown from one NAF Academy of Finance in New York City to hundreds of academies across the country focusing on growing industries including finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, and health sciences. During the 2015-16 school year, nearly 89,000 students attended 716 NAF academies across 36 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In 2015, NAF academies reported that 98% of seniors graduated and 92% of graduates planned to go to college.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
- NFTE offers curriculum, professional development, partnerships, and recognition for high school entrepreneurs.
- The courses activate the entrepreneurial mindset and build startup skills in youth from under-resourced communities to ensure their success and to create a more vibrant society.
NOCTI is a provider of industry-based credentials and partner industry certifications for CTE programs across the nation. NOCTI assessments are frequently used to meet Perkins accountability requirements, to guide data-driven instructional improvement, and/or to assist with teacher evaluation systems.
- Oracle Academy courses are designed to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills in areas of computer science that are universally in high demand across computing jobs and are recommended for use in secondary schools, technical and vocational schools and colleges, and 2- and 4-year colleges and universities.
- Oracle also provides educators access to free software and free professional development opportunities.
- Pointful Education provides online Career and Technical Education (CTE) and elective courses with flexible implementation options for virtual, blended, and hybrid learning environments.
- Aligned to national career clusters, courses equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for future careers, industry certification exams, and emerging technologies.
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
- An activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum focused on engineering that gives K-12 students a chance to apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning.
- The current 9-12 curriculum offerings include PLTW Engineering, PLTW Biomedical Science, and PLTW Computer Science. PLTW also offers curriculum appropriate for K-5 and 6-8.
Project Management Institute Educational Foundation
The Project Management Institute Education Foundation (PMIEF) is a not-for-profit organization seeking to inspire and empower people to realize their potential and transform their lives and their communities through the use of project management knowledge. The goal is to build a better-prepared workforce through academic and professional development scholarships as well as student and professional awards. A number of schools have integrated their instructional materials into Career and Technical programs. The Institute provides teacher professional learning, a global project learning network and teacher and student learning materials.
- Interactive online learning system with courses in Agriscience, Automotive, Cosmetology, Anatomy and Physiology, Health Science and Workplace Readiness.
- Engaging exercises, step-by-step video demonstrations, and dynamic animations make Today’s Class a fully interactive addition to the instructor’s curriculum.
An in-school, live business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based collaborative learning and the development of 21st Century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem-solving, communication, personal finance, and technology.
- An engaging. rigorous and standards-based computer science and game design curriculum.
- Each course contains approximately 80-120 hours of coursework which can build into a Game Design Academy.
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