Middle School CTAE

Designed to meet the needs of young adolescents (ages 10-15), middle school CTAE Programs bridge the gap between elementary and high school by providing students with an opportunity to explore career pathways in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment. CTAE middle school courses feature rigorous performance standards that students master to help prepare them for choosing a high school career pathway that interests them.​ The following courses are offered in DeKalb County Schools:

Middle School Business and Computer Science
07.08300 Business and Computer Science (Grade 6)
07.08400 Business and Computer Science (Grade 7)
07.08500 Business and Computer Science (Grade 8)

The goal of these courses is to provide all middle school students with an introduction to the principles of computer science, basic keyboarding skills, Internet safety and usage, and computer applications. Students will explore how personality traits and personal values align with career choices and will develop a career plan. Personal, professional, and ethical standards of behavior for the workplace will be examined and reinforced in the classroom. Development of leadership skills through participation in the career and technical student organization, FBLA, will provide students the opportunity to explore possible career pathways.

Middle School Career Development
32.02100 Career Awareness Grade 6
32.02200 Career Discovery Grade 7
32.02300 Career Management Grade 8

The goal of these courses is to promote essential knowledge, skills and attitudes students need to make key decisions about career options, high school curricular offerings relating to a pathway of their choice, as well as, postsecondary and workforce opportunities. Instructional focus will address interpersonal skills, management skills, employability skills, self-awareness, educational and career planning.  Students will increase awareness of resources available to support educational and career planning.

Middle School Engineering and Technology
21.02100 Exploring Engineering and Technology Grade 6
21.02200 Invention and Innovation Grade 7
21.02300 Technological Systems Grade 8

The goal of these courses is to provide all students with an introduction to the principles of Engineering & Technology and its place in the modern world. Students will be introduced to the world of invention and innovation along with the Engineering Design Process. They will examine the impacts of invention and innovation on society and solve problems through research, design, and experimentation in one or more of the areas of Engineering and Technology. Students will utilize the universal systems model including input, process, output and feedback to examine various systems. Development of leadership skills through participation in the career and technical student organization, TSA, will provide students the opportunity to explore possible career pathways.

Middle School Family and Consumer Science
20.01100 Family and Consumer Science (Grade 6)
20.01200 Family and Consumer Science (Grade 7)
20.01300 Family and Consumer Science (Grade 8)

The goal of these courses is to provide all students with an introduction to the Family and Consumer Sciences Career Pathways. The FACS career pathways are Nutrition and Food Science, Consumer Services, Interior and Fashion Design, and Family, Community, and Global Leadership.  Education career pathways are Early Childhood Education and Teaching as a Profession and Culinary Arts is also a career pathway.  Students acquire fundamental knowledge and skills necessary for success in any of the career pathways.  Exposure to career possibilities in each area will allow students to successfully integrate their own interests into a career plan.  Development of leadership skills through participation in the career and technical student organization, FCCLA, will provide students the opportunity to explore possible career pathways.