Character of Education and Career and Technical Education

September 1, 2020

Contributors: Stacy L. Frazier, PhD, Sandee McClowry, PhD, RN, FAAN, & Stephanie Miodus, MA, MEd

Edited By: Katherine Cruz & Jenna Reardanz

Character of Education programs allow children and young adults to develop into well-rounded, empathetic individuals.

Character of education programs provide necessary social and emotional development for both students and teachers. Programs like Actions Civics Programs and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs have shown promise. These programs support healthy social-emotional development and are especially important for students from low-income backgrounds.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs have shown to help students prepare for college and careers after graduation.

CTE programs have shown to help students prepare for the transition to life after high school, be that career or college. Research has shown that students are interested in learning about and training for their future careers. CTE programs seem to be especially helpful for students with disabilities.

Character Education Programs

Action civics programs provide students with opportunities to participate in civic engagement. These programs aim to:

  • Learn & engage inside and outside the classroom
  • Base projects on student interest
  • Evaluate their own actions, barriers, and successes
  • Take on leadership roles and act

Social Emotional Learning trains children, parents, and teachers.

  • Children develop empathy and problem-solving skills
  • Teaching strategies are matched to the child’s temperament

Example Programs






Career & Technical Programs

Research has shown that students who are exposed to CTE programs are more likely to:

  • Graduate high school
  • Enroll in a two- year college
  • Be employed
  • Have higher wages

Importantly, CTE programs show positive outcomes with at-risk groups of students like those from low income backgrounds and those with a disability.

Example Programs



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