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Middle School CTE Coursework

Middle school coursework in CTE subjects provides students with a foundation for success in high school CTE courses.

Following is a list of available middle school courses by grade. Beneath each course are the high school career clusters students would be prepared to enter after completing the course.

Engaging students in STEM Careers through Interactive Modules and Career Exploration

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is pleased to provide the Defined Learning platform at no cost to all schools in Tennessee serving students in middle grades. We are excited to help you create an engaging environment for your students that will empower them to build the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in college, careers, and life.

What are you receiving from Defined Learning?

Every public school in Tennessee with students enrolled in 5-8th grade will receive access to the Defined Learning Project-Based Learning content library.  This includes:

·         Access to hundreds of cross-curricular projects where students collaborate and solve problems through performance tasks aligned to STEM careers where students collaborate and solve problems.

·         Opportunities for teachers to build PBL implementation strategies through self-paced online PD modules.

·         Defined Learning is an online resource, available 24/7, designed to engage students in career awareness through project-and problem-based performance tasks. Each performance task assigned to students is completed through the context of a career to make learning relevant and to create a high level of engagement.  Concepts and skills are introduced in an authentic cross-curricular way to help students see the connections in science, math, language arts, social sciences, the arts and career, and technical education.

Middle School CTE Course Offerings

1Keyboarding may also be used with 4th and 5th grade students.

2Introduction to Social Health may also be used with 5th grade students.

1Keyboarding may also be used with 4th and 5th grade students.

2Introduction to Social Health may also be used with 5th grade students.

1Keyboarding may also be used with 4th and 5th grade students.

2Introduction to Social Health may also be used with 5th grade students.

Notes

  • Courses marked EBD are part of the Engineering by Design curriculum package and may require additional costs and training to implement.
  • Courses marked PLTW are part of the Project Lead the Way curriculum package and may require additional costs and training to implement
  • Middle school courses are not funded by career and technical education funds.
  • Learning Blade®, an interactive, web-based STEM curriculum focused on increasing student interest in and attitudes towards STEM careers. Students pursue engaging missions about real-world STEM problems in an entertaining game-based format while also learning about STEM careers and reviewing TN Ready Standards. Here you will find how Learning Blade® connects to the CTSO standards