Module F: Career & Education Planning

The Career and Education Planning module helps students become aware of the relationships that exist between education and career planning and work and learning. Students are also provided with a greater awareness and knowledge of the benefits of educational achievement and will develop career plans in MyCareerShines. In this module, students are introduced to educational alternatives and course options as they prepare for the transition to high school.

Students will continue to add information and activities to their electronic career plans in MyCareerShines or another program. Students will use a variety of resources to create an academic and career plan that reflects their postsecondary goals. Students will learn what is expected of them in high school and how their career interests will guide them in selecting required courses and electives. They will learn of all the different options in high school such as dual enrollment, academies, career pathways, industry certifications, advanced placement courses, etc. They will have an understanding of how their decisions will impact their future lifestyle. They will also develop an awareness of financial aid and ways to pay for a postsecondary education.The estimated number of class periods needed to cover the activities in these lesson plans would be five class periods.

Lesson Plans

17. How It's Made...A Career (PDF)

18. Calculating Your GPA (PDF)

19. Nontraditional Job Opportunities (PDF)

Related Resources


  • Bias - Behaviors resulting from a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question. 
  • Nontraditional Occupation - Any occupation in which men and women comprise 25% or less of its total employment.
  • Career Stereotype - A belief that certain careers are only for people who meet certain characteristics such as gender, age, ethnicity or other factors.
  • Equity - Equal distribution of encouragement, opportunity, privileges, and rights to everyone; freedom from bias or favoritism.
  • Federal Pell Grant - The largest pool of federal grant money. You must apply for a Federal Pell Grant, using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to be considered for the Pell Grant and other forms of aid. Students are not required to pay the grant funds back.
  • Scholarships - Gifts of money to students from state, federal, or private sources. While state and federal grant programs are based on financial need, scholarships may be based on a variety of factors, including need, academic excellence, leadership qualities, heritage, or extracurricular interests.

Types of Postsecondary Institutions

  • State or Community Colleges - Public institutions that offer associate degree programs. Most have programs designed to transfer to four-year institutions. Many Florida state or community colleges now offer select bachelor’s degrees. 
  • Career & Technical Center - Public institutions that offer certificates or diplomas.
  • Non-Profit Schools – Schools that operate for the benefit of the general public without shareholders or profit motive.  These usually offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees, although some offer bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
  • Proprietary (for-profit) Schools - Schools that are private, non-public institutions that are in business to make money for owners and shareholders. These schools usually offer certificates, diplomas and associate degrees, although some also offer bachelor's and master's degrees.
  • Four-year Colleges/Universities - Public or private: non-profit or for-profit institutions. Most programs lead to a bachelor’s degree. Universities also offer degrees beyond the bachelor’s degree.
  • Glossary in PDF format (PDF)