Curriculum & Program Development
Fostering the Needs
Career Technical Education ("CTE") in the San Diego Unified School District is a comprehensive and innovative program of study. This program is a multi-year sequence of courses that fully integrates core academic knowledge, technical knowledge and work-based experiences to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.
CTE is organized around 15 industry sectors and 58 career pathways leading to high skill, high wage and high demand occupations (CTE Course of Study
and ROP Course of Study
). Each instructor in the CTE program has specific industry experience in the field they teach. This empowers students with a relevant context for developing real-world problem solving, as well as communication, technological and interpersonal skills necessary for post-secondary and career success.
CTE Course Curriculum
is different from that in a traditional high school program. CTE curriculum is designed to connect students' experiences with theoretical material through real-world practical application and projects. Projects are developed that require teamwork and critical thinking. Final projects are assessed by industry professionals.
Major objectives for 2012-2013 include:
- Submit all Career Technical Education (CTE) courses to the University of California for “a-g” admissions credit and/or industry certification to prepare students for both college and career.
- Expand professional development opportunities focused on curriculum, instructional practice, problem-based learning and assessment.
- Assist small learning communities with personalized curriculum, interdisciplinary projects and operational support.
- Continue improving curriculum in all CTE classrooms.
- Focus on leadership development for staff, teachers and students.
- Continue streamlining course sequences. Continue educating school sites on sequences of courses, pre- and co-requisites and benefits to students of CTE coursework and workplace learning experiences.