Standards-aligned and Integrated Curriculum

Standards-aligned and integrated curriculum is one of 12 elements of high-quality CTE, defined in ACTE’s comprehensive, research-based Quality CTE Program of Study Framework. This element addresses the development, implementation and revision of the program of study curriculum, including the relevant knowledge and skills taught in the program and the standards on which they are based. The following reports, articles, guides and toolkits can help you develop and implement high-quality curriculum.

Developing and Revising Industry-based Curriculum

Developing and Revising Industry-based Curriculum

Human Performance Technology for CTE: An Alternative Approach to Course Redesign
Lion and Lindbeck, ACTE Techniques Magazine, September 2013

The authors describe course redesign using a human performance technology approach, including performance analysis with stakeholders.

The Common Career Technical Core, Programs of Study & Industry-Based Standards
Advance CTE, July 2014

This report analyzes the alignment between industry-based standards and the Common Career Technical Core, a set of standards built on the foundation of the National Career Clusters® Framework.

Integrating Needs Assessment into Career and Technical Curriculum Development
Grier, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2005

Needs assessment can be integrated into CTE curriculum development using the Tyler Rationale, a technique of curriculum development based on asking fundamental questions.

Designing and Developing Technical Curriculum: Finding the Right Subject Matter Expert
Mattoon, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2005

This journal article describes a tool that enables instructional developers to evaluate a subject matter expert’s capability and suitability to support curriculum development.

Adapting Scenario-based Curriculum Materials to Community College Technical Courses ($)
Yarnall et. al, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2007

This journal article describes a case study investigating how community college instructors and students responded to the implementation of a scenario-based curriculum.

Engineering an Associate Degree-Level STEM Workforce Education Curriculum ($)
Selwitz et. al, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2017

The researchers describe a curriculum development and assessment model to help community and technical college faculty and administrators develop, evaluate and revise associate degree-level STEM workforce education programs.

CTE-Academic Integration

CTE-Academic Integration

Common Ground: Integrating the Common Core and CTE
Richner, ACTE Techniques Magazine, Nov/Dec 2014

This article explores challenges for CTE and math instructors in integrating the Common Core State Standards for mathematics, and the process of integrating math into CTE courses.

CTE Academic and Technical Curriculum Integration to Meet the Common Core
Wright, Thomas and Rogers, ACTE Techniques Magazine, Nov/Dec 2014

York County School of Technology faculty collaborated to develop and implement STEM-related lessons across math, science and engineering technology.

Capitalizing on Context: Curriculum Integration in Career and Technical Education
National Research Center for CTE Curriculum Integration Workgroup, 2010

This publication describes the process, findings and key principles of curriculum integration of two National Research Center for CTE projects: The Math-in-CTE model, in which CTE and math teachers partnered to develop math-enhanced CTE lessons, and the Authentic Literacy in CTE project.

Oregon Applied Academics Project Final Report
Pearson, Richardson and Sawyer, National Research Center for CTE, 2013

Teacher teams in Oregon developed a technical math course with nine units that led to math skill gains and satisfaction from teachers and students.

Integrating Curriculum: Lessons for Adult Education From Career and Technical Education
Chernus and Fowler, National Institute for Literacy, 2010

This report examines three types of curriculum integration—course integration, cross-curriculum integration and program integration—and lessons from CTE that can be applied to adult education.

Integration of the Common Core State Standards into CTE: Challenges and Strategies of Career and Technical Teachers ($)
Asunda, Finnell and Berry, Career and Technical Education Research, April 2015

This study explored barriers, challenges, practical strategies and supporting examples of teachers integrating the Common Core State Standards into CTE.

Developing Authentic, Integrated, Standards-Based Mathematics Curriculum: [More Than Just] An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Approach ($)
Hernández and Brendefur, Career and Technical Education Research, 2003

This research describes the conditions that support the ability of interdisciplinary teams of teachers to create high-quality integrated mathematics curriculum units.

Designing and Implementing an Integrated Mathematics, Science and Technology Curriculum for the Middle School
Satchwell and Loepp, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, 2002

This article provides an in-depth look at the design, development and implementation of the Integrated Mathematics, Science and Technology curriculum project for middle schoolers.

Developing and Implementing an Integrated, Problem-Based Engineering Technology Curriculum in an American Technical College System ($)
Craft and Mack, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 2001

Faculty at the South Carolina Advanced Technological Center of Excellence have developed a postsecondary curriculum integrating math and CTE.

Professional Development Models

Professional Development Models

National Research Center for CTE Professional Development Models

These professional development models from the National Research Center for CTE are grounded in research and train teachers in the pedagogic frameworks and processes needed to enhance the instruction of the mathematics or reading and writing tasks that naturally occur in their CTE curricula.