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Careers Education: Home

A guide to teaching resources related to careers for K-12

Associations and Organizations

ACTE online (Association for Career and Technical Education) 

ACTE helps prepare youth and adults for successful careers. This website includes links to career and technical education sites, information on high demand occupations and legislative alerts on education funding. Sample lesson plans are available in The Educator Resource Center.
Grades: 6 - 12

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
 
Headquartered at the University of Minnesota, NCSET works with educators, community professionals, employers and families to support youth with disabilities in their education and transition needs. The NCSET website offers national, state and local assistance and planning information for secondary and post-secondary education, employment and independent living.
Grades: 9 - 12
National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
 
The National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) works to improve career and technical education (CTE) in the U.S. by developing and distributing scientifically based information. It provides technical assistance and professional development for CTE practitioners in secondary and post-secondary education. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education.
Grades: 9 - 12

Bibliographies and Research Guides

Careers: Exploring Careers
 
This is a selected list of books and internet resources for teaching about careers in the primary grades through grade 8.
Grades: 1 - 8

Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

ACTEonline (Association for Career and Technical Education)
 
ACTE helps prepare youth and adults for successful careers. This website includes links to career and technical education sites, information on high demand occupations and legislative alerts on education funding. Sample lesson plans are available in The Educator Resource Center.
Grades: 6 - 12
Building Big
 
Explore construction by type of structure, try labs and challenges and read biographical sketches of people working in a variety of engineering careers. Educators Guide suggests activities and additional resources.
Grades: 5 - 10
Bureau of Labor Statistics: K12
 
This US government agency introduces career information for elementary students. Student Resources organizes jobs by "What are you interested in?" Information provides include What these workers do, What the job is like, Preparing for the job, The future, Pay, Similar jobs, and Where to look for more information. The Teacher's Desk suggests activities and additional resources.
Grades: 3 - 8
 
Occupational Outlook Handbook
 
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a publication of the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics that includes information about the nature of work, working conditions, training and education, earnings and job outlook for hundreds of different occupations in the United States.
Grades: 7-12
Vocational Information Center--Educators
 
Former teacher Kathryn Hake maintains this extensive collection of links to resources about careers. She includes links to lesson plans, curriculum and worksheets, as well as links to information about careers. For K-12.
Grades: K - 12

Librarian

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Neil Grimes
Contact:
Education & Curriculum Materials Librarian
Office, Room 114c
David and Lorraine Cheng Library
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470
973-720-3184

Standards

21st Century Life and Careers Standards
 
Standard 9 of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards focuses on Career Ready Practices, Personal Financial Literacy, Career Awareness, Exploration, and Preparation, as well as Career and Technical Education
Grades: K - 12