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[CTE Month] 10 CTE Courses Your School Should Offer

[CTE Month] 10 CTE Courses Your School Should Offer

It's no secret that career and technical education (CTE) courses in schools can help students prepare for a variety of skill-based jobs and give them an opportunity to explore potential career paths. CTE-focused careers are more in demand than ever, and many schools are working on developing programs that will prepare their students for career success. CTE courses are an easy and cost-effective way to expose your students to the many opportunities available within a variety of fields and industries. Here are 10 Edmentum CTE courses your school should offer: 

  1. Sports and Entertainment Marketing

This course is designed to enable all students at the high school level to develop skills they will need to be successful in sports, entertainment, and recreational marketing professions. Students learn about the structure of a business firm and financial statements. Students also learn about the basics of sports, entertainment, and recreation marketing. At length, students explore essential career skills, such as teamwork and time management.

  1. Principles of Hospitality and Tourism

The hospitality and tourism industry offers a dynamic career path that will pique the interest of many students. This course emphasizes learning the practical aspects of the industry and developing critical-thinking skills that lead to real-world solutions.

  1. Certified Nurse Aide

This course is designed to enable students to learn the key skills and information that they need to work as certified nurse assistants/aides. The course will help students develop an understanding of the human body, physical and nutritional needs, mental health needs, and it will teach them to provide culturally competent and quality care to clients in a safe and healthy environment. The course is based on the NNAAP exam syllabus and is designed to prepare students to take the exam and become certified nurse assistants/aides.

  1. Game Development

In this course, students will learn the ins and outs of game development to prepare them for a career in the field. This 20-lesson course covers it all, including the history of video games, character development, mobile game design, user interface design, social gaming, and the principles of development design and methodologies.

  1. Robotics

This two-semester course is focused on the concepts related to robots, the construction of a robot, job opportunities and employability skills in the field of robotics, construction safety procedures, project management, and the basic concepts of six simple machines. It also covers the applicability to robotics of electricity, electronic circuits, Boolean algebra, and magnetics.

  1. Digital and Interactive Media

This course is an effective and comprehensive introduction to careers in the rapidly expanding world of digital art. The course covers creative and practical aspects of digital art in 15 lessons that are enhanced with online discussions and a variety of activities. Beginning with a history of digital art, the course goes on to explore issues of design, color, and layout. Students will experience the creation of digital art and also learn about converting traditional art to digital formats.

  1. Principles of Architecture and Construction

This interactive course empowers students with the knowledge to appreciate and evaluate career opportunities in architecture and construction. With an emphasis on developing critical-thinking skills, this one-semester course includes a variety of activities where students will learn about structures and loads, materials and costs, urban design, and other aspects of architecture and construction.

  1. Computer Programming

This rigorous, one-semester course combines engaging online and offline activities for high school students who may be aspiring to technical careers. Building on lessons covering the software development lifecycle and software development methodologies, the course uses online discussions, activities, and lessons to lead students through additional key topics, such as quality control, system implementation and maintenance, and the increasingly important issue of system security.

  1. Professional Communications

This course is designed to enable all students at the high school level to develop communication skills they will need to be successful in a profession. Students will learn about the key aspects of the communication process. They will learn to apply communication protocol and appropriate language skills in professional and social communication. Students will also explore effective strategies to address diversity in communication. By the end of the course, students will familiarize themselves with reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

  1. Entrepreneurship

This course is based on CTE standards designed to help students understand the roles and attributes of an entrepreneur, marketing and its components, the selling process, and operations management. This course discusses entrepreneurship and the economy, marketing fundamentals, managing customers, production and operations management, money, and business law and taxation.

Looking to expand CTE course offerings at your school? Check out Edmentum’s full CTE course catalog to browse all of your options (including fully virtual courses taught by our highly qualified online teachers available through EdOptions Academy and introductory courses appropriate for middle school students!). Or, check out this online webinar in which we discuss how you can leverage online CTE courses to benefit the varying needs of your student population.'s picture
Brita Hammer

Brita started with Edmentum in March 2018 and currently serves as a Marketing Associate. She is passionate about providing teachers resources to help their students achieve in and out of the classroom. Brita earned a B.S. in Marketing from North Dakota State University.