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Standards and Objectives

CTE Intro helps each student understand his or her future role as a worker and a family member and to become aware of those life skills necessary to be a contributing member of society.

Standards and Objectives
Standards and Objectives with Crosswalks to STEM, Utah Core and ISTE (Draft Version)


Career and Technical Education Introduction
Unit of Credit: Full Year, 1.0
Grade Level: 7
Prerequisite: None
CIP Code: 13.0001

Career and Technical Education Introduction (CTE Intro) offers exploration and preparation for high demand jobs and career paths that are both satisfying and financially rewarding. The Career and Technical Education Introduction course is designed to help students identify interests, traits, and skills and then help connect them to effective college and career planning: all done at an appropriate developmental level.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) describe the skills and attitudes students should explore and learn as a result of successful participation in the Career and Technical Education Introduction course. Intended Learning Outcomes are an essential part of the CTE Core and provide teachers with a standard for evaluation of student learning. Significant understanding occurs when teachers incorporate Intended Learning Outcomes in planning instruction for the CTE course.

CTE Introduction is designed to provide students with

  1. Career awareness,
  2. Self-development, and
  3. Career decision making skills.

By the end of the CTE Introduction course students will, at an age/grade-appropriate level:

  • Understand how self-knowledge (e.g., interests, abilities, and strengths) relate to career interests and selecting and achieving goals.
  • Understand education, career exploration and planning for college and career readiness.
  • Understand current occupational information and other labor market data.
  • Be acquainted with a wide range of occupational and educational opportunities for college and career readiness.
  • Understand information about the world of work that will assist individuals in making long-range educational and career plans.
  • Understand the importance of making appropriate educational and occupational choices.
  • Understand career application of subject matter through participation in work-based learning experiences.
  • Identify career information and career options available in career clusters. The course introduces students to the Holland Code/ World of Work. (Utah Career Field designations user-friendly terms used in CTE-Intro are in parentheses):

    Realistic - Technical (Doer)
    Investigative - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (Thinker)
    Artistic - Arts (Creator)
    Social - Social, Humanitarian (Helper)
    Enterprising - Administration (Persuader)
    Conventional - Business (Organizer)
  • Explore CTE College and Career Pathways through the following areas:

    Economics and Financial Literacy 
    Family and Consumer Sciences 
    Health Sciences 
    Information Technology
    Skilled and Technical Sciences
    Technology and Engineering
  • Participate in hands-on activities and create products consistent with the CTE Intro standards.
  • Identify career and post-secondary education options through investigation of High School to College and Career Pathways.
  • Explore non-traditional career opportunities – including information on women and education – emphasized within the Carl D. Perkins Act. 
  • Demonstrate skills in processing self-knowledge in relation to CTE courses and programs, in relation to the world of work, and in relation to future planning.
  • Have exposure to the National Career and Technical Education Career Clusters (NCTECC) as recognized by the Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which are integrated to reflect the full range of educational opportunities that will help students prepare for careers in today’s world of work.

    Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
    Architecture & Construction
    Arts, A/V Technology & Communication
    Business, Management & Administration
    Education & Training
    Government & Public Administration
    Health Science
    Hospitality & Tourism
    Human Services
    Information Technology
    Law, Public Safety & Security
    Marketing, Sales & Service
    Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
    Transportation, Distribution & Logistics