July 28, 2022 – The Georgia Department of Education is developing elementary Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) courses that will allow students to explore career interests and opportunities in the early grades.
The courses will provide early exposure to careers and will be developmentally appropriate for elementary students. The program will build on the success of Georgia's existing Career Clusters and Pathways, along with the existing agricultural education courses in the early grades, and expand opportunities and reinforce foundational skills outside the core content areas.
GaDOE will work with business and industry, educators, and CTAE subject matter experts to develop the courses. Local school districts will be able to pilot the majority of the elementary CTAE courses as early as fall 2023.
“Our mission in Georgia is to prepare students for life," State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These elementary Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education courses will build into our middle- and high-school CTAE opportunities and give students the chance to learn about the many options they have for a successful future."
The courses will ultimately be available in all of Georgia's existing Career Clusters. They can serve as both a springboard to assist with elementary STEM/STEAM instruction and certification, and as preparation for middle- and high-school CTAE programs.
Georgia is leading the nation in providing Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education courses in the early grades. The new courses will allow students to explore future opportunities throughout their K-12 education – keeping a clear focus on every student's passions and potential.
About Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education in Georgia
CTAE in Georgia delivers a K-12 education that prepares students for their lives after high school. Students can learn skills for real-world careers in more than 100 Career Pathways – from financial technology to flight operations – while earning recognized industry credentials and participating in hands-on learning opportunities.
Georgia's CTAE program offers 456 industry-certified programs across 17 Career Pathway Clusters, and Georgia's CTAE Pathway completers graduated at a rate of 97% in the 2020-2021 school year.