Middle Grades Education

The mission of Career-Technical Education (CTE) in the middle grades is to explore career decision making and develop future educational plans.

Career development experiences for middle grades students are designed to be exploratory in nature. Curriculum design, materials, and teaching strategies take into account the characteristics, nature, and learning styles of the middle grades student. Teaching strategies recommended for all course offerings include:

  • Hands-on approaches
  • Cooperative learning
  • Inquiry methods
  • Community involvement
  • Integration of academic skills

Commonalities among all course offerings include:

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Leadership/citizenship
  • Career information and planning
  • Impact of technology