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

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.