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Career and Technical Education

The DoDEA Career and Technical Education (CTE), formerly Professional Technical Studies (PTS) Program offers career-related courses to middle and high school students. The CTE curriculum is organized around Career Clusters that identify pathways from secondary school to two- and four-year colleges, and the workplace. Career Clusters and Pathways represent a nationwide effort to help schools ensure that students get the knowledge and skills they need for multiple career choices by matching what is taught in the classroom to business and industry standards.

Career and Technical Education works because it's practical as well as academic. CTE provides students with relevant contexts for learning. It's about the real world. It's about learning by doing. The CTE Career Practicum is the capstone experience.

DoDEA Career Clusters and Pathways >>

Please view the full Clusters and Pathways document for more details on earning endorsements. 

Career Clusters:
  • Architecture & Construction  Students explore career fields that include designing, planning, managing, building and maintaining the built environment.
  • Arts, AV/Technology, and Communication: Students explore career fields that include creating, exhibiting, performing, and publishing multimedia content.
  • Business, Management, and Administration: Students explore career fields that include organizing, directing, and evaluating functions essential to productive business operations.
  • Government and Public Administration: Students explore career fields that include executing government functions at the local, state, and federal level. JROTC is the only Pathway offered within this Cluster.
  • Health Sciences: Students explore career fields that include providing diagnostic and therapeutic services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology.
  • Hospitality and Tourism: Students explore career fields that include managing restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel-related services.
  • Information Technology: Students explore career fields that include planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.
  • Manufacturing: Students explore career fields that include planning, managing and performing the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities such as production planning and control, maintenance and manufacturing/process engineering.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Students explore career fields that include performing scientific research and professional technical services in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics: Students explore career fields that include managing movement of people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water.

Assessment:

Assessment provides a method for collecting ongoing data about student learning. Assessment does not always equal "grading". Effective assessment takes place before instruction begins (pre-assessment), during instruction (formative assessment), and after instruction is completed (summative assessment).

"Good teaching is inseparable from good assessing" Grant Wiggins

Formative Assessment Essential Questions:
  1. How will I find out how students are progressing?
  2. How often will I need to check their progress?
  3. How will I record the data?
  4. What will I do as a result of the information I receive?
  5. Do I need to refine summative assessment and rubrics?
Summative Assessment Essential Questions:
  1. What evidence of student learning will I see?
  2. Which assessment option(s) will be used?
  3. How much information will I need to determine students' proficiency?
  4. What should be the next step(s)?
  5. How will students who struggle be supported?

Contact Information: 

DoDEA Career and Technical Education Coordinator
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400