Career Development


Career development is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study FrameworkThe following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop and support a high-quality career development system. This page is under development; additional resources and tags will be added in summer 2018. 

Career Guidance, Development and Exploration

CTE’s Role in Career Guidance
ACTE, December 2008

Career Exploration in Middle School: Setting Students on the Path to Success
ACTE, May 2017

Career Exploration and Soft Skills: Preparing Students for Success
Loup, Kornegay and Morgan, ACTE Techniques Magazine, January 2017

Embracing Ambiguity: Navigating the School-to-Work Transition
Preble, ACTE Techniques Magazine, January 2017

Comprehensive Career Development in Grades K-6
Viviano, ACTE Techniques Magazine, May 2015

The State of Career Technical Education: Career Advising and Development
Advance CTE and the American School Counselor Association, February 2018

School-based Career Development: A Synthesis of the Literature
Hughes and Karp, Teachers College, Columbia University, February 2004

Career Development Delivery Methods and Strategies

The Mobile Technical Education Center: STEM Career Inspiration on Wheels
McKinnon, ACTE Techniques Magazine, May 2017

Hop on Board the Career Development Bus
Heath, ACTE Techniques Magazine, March 2017

A Counselor’s Guide to Career Assessment Instruments, Sixth Edition ($)
Wood and Hays, National Career Development Association, 2013

Individual Learning Plans for College and Career Readiness: State Policies and School-Based Practices
National Association for College Admission Counseling, October 2015

Using Technology to Deliver Career Development Services: Supporting Today’s Students in Higher Education
Venable, The Career Development Quarterly, 2010 ($)

Guided Pathways

Guided Pathways at Community Colleges: From Theory to Practice
Thomas Bailey, Community College Research Center, December 2017

What We Are Learning About Guided Pathways
Jenkins, Lahr, Fink and Ganga, Community College Research Center, April 2018

Building Blocks: Laying the Groundwork for Guided Pathways Reform in Ohio
Jenkins, Lahr and Fink, Community College Research Center, September 2017

Implementing Guided Pathways: Tips and Tools
Community College Research Center, March 2015

Guides, Toolkits and Educator Development

National Career Development Guidelines
National Career Development Association

Minimum Competencies for Multicultural Career Counseling and Development
National Career Development Association

Career Counselor Assessment and Evaluation Competencies
National Career Development Association

Facilitating Career Development Training
National Career Development Association

Job Seeking and Employability Skills: Career Knowledge Series ($)
National Career Development Association, 2015

Mississippi CTE Counselor Handbook
Wright and Benton, Mississippi Department of Education, 2014

North Carolina Career Development Coordinator Evaluation Process
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 2014

Infusing the Career Development Facilitator Curriculum Into Career and Technical Teacher Education: A Model for Fundamental Change to Improve Outcomes for All Students
Schmidli, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2001