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Academic Standards for Career Education and Work -  Career Education and Work Standards describe what students should know and be able to do at four grade levels (3, 5, 8 and 11) in four areas:

  • 13.1 Career Awareness and Preparation
  • 13.2 Career Acquisition (Getting a Job)
  • 13.3 Career Retention and Advancement
  • 13.4 Entrepreneurship

Tools for Developing a Comprehensive K-12 Guidance & Counseling Plan (PDF)  - These tools were developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for use by all school districts in Pennsylvania. A committee of school counselors met and developed these tools as a companion guide for practical implementation of a comprehensive K-12 school counseling / guidance plan. This document provides school district counselors with a step-by-step process, a framework, resources and best practice models for developing their district plan. In Pennsylvania, school counselors are integral in the academic, career and personal/social development of all PreK-12 students in the Commonwealth.

Online Curriculum Resources: 

  • PA Career Standards Toolkit - This electronic toolkit provides resources, references, crosswalks and other tools to assist elementary, middle and high schools teachers and administrators in implementing the Pennsylvania (PA) Career Education and Work Standards.
  • PA CareerZone -  PDE sponsored site for students to Assess career interests linked to PA specific O*NET materials; portfolios; budgeting and career acquisition; and college and training information.


For additional information, please contact:

Charles Sabulski | State Administrator for Career Counseling Services
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Career and Technical Education
333 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Phone: 717.783.6991 | Fax: 717.783.6672 | TTY: 717.783.8445
csabulski@pa.gov | www.education.state.pa.us