Career Development has two broad components: instructional courses and career development services. Instructional courses include Exploring Career Decisions, which is taught in middle grades, and Career Management, which is taught at the high school level. Career development services are designed to provide students with information needed to make effective educational and career plans. In order to provide career planning services, ideally, schools equip a career information center.

Individual Career Development courses are described in the Career and Technical Education Essential Standards (pdf, 0kb). Facilities that support these courses are described in the NC Public Schools Facilities Guidelines.

Equipment and technical needs for the following Career Development facilities are included in this guide:

  • Middle Grades
  • Comprehensive High School Facility

Equipment needed for Career Information Centers is not included in this publication.

NOTE: This guide does not list supplies and materials that might be purchased on an annual basis. This guide serves as a guideline for planning new programs as well as providing for existing programs. It is critical that facilities be properly equipped to ensure that students can achieve the required essential standards and objectives/indicators for each course.

Additional information about equipment and technical needs for Career Development courses can be secured from the Career and Technical Education Division of Instructional Services in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.


Select the name of the course in the following table to see a list of equipment and technical needs for that course.

CC45 6145 Career Management Comprehensive High School pdf, 46kb
CC58 6158 Exploring Career Decisions Middle School pdf, 79kb
CS95 8595 CTE Advanced Studies Comprehensive High School pdf, 46kb