Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Our Career Technical Education (CTE) program provides opportunities for learners to explore career pathways in middle and high school. A career pathway is a sequence of courses within a specific industry field. It should connect a learner’s interest with future career goals. It will help learners acquire knowledge and skills to continue the career pathway beyond high school.

Learners may take one CTE course to fulfill graduation requirements or take three CTE courses in a pathway to become a Pathway Completer. All CTE courses are facilitated by a credentialed CTE teacher, and schools may use these courses to count toward college/career indicators on their California State Dashboard.

To become CTE Pathway Completers, learners must complete two year-long high school courses in their designated pathways. However, introduction courses are highly recommended to give a broader knowledge base. All middle school introduction courses are optional.

CTE courses are the perfect place to develop interest, skills, and experience in a career-related industry. CTE completion supports college admission and can be used on résumés for career placement.

Courses can be taken individually or in the suggested pathway sequence. Have questions? Connect with us to learn more!

Current CTE Pathways at iLEAD Online

Arts, Media & Entertainment

Career Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts
School Program: Digital Arts
Related Careers: Artistic Director, Commercial Artist, Graphic/Digital Artist, Digital Illustrator

CTE Media

Optional MS Introduction Courses
(7th or 8th grade)

Optional Introduction Course
(9th or 10th grade)

Concentrator Course
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts
School Program: Animation
Related Careers: Digital Animator, Artistic Director, Commercial Artist, Storyboard Artist

Optional MS Introduction Courses
(7th or 8th grade)

Optional Introduction Course
(9th or 10th grade)

Concentrator Course
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts
School Program: Fine Arts
Related Careers: Comic Book Artist, Commercial or Freelance Artist, Curator, Gallery Manager, Illustrator, Instructor

Optional MS Introduction Courses
(7th or 8th grade)

Optional Introduction Course
(9th or 10th grade)

Concentrator Courses
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts
School Program: Game Design
Related Careers: Video Game Designer, Game Developer, Game Tester, Concept Artist

Optional MS Introduction Courses
(7th or 8th grade)

Concentrator Course
(9th, 10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(10th, 11th or 12th grade)
Game Design 2
(Coming in August 2024)

Career Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts
School Program: Photography
Related Careers: Photojournalist, Professional Event Photographer, Studio/Portrait Photographer

Optional MS Introduction Course
(7th or 8th grade)

Optional Introduction Course
(9th or 10th grade)

Concentrator Course
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Courses
(11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Performing Arts
School Program: Theater Arts
Related Careers: Actor, Playwright, Script Supervisor, Film and Video Producer, Director, Production Assistant, News Anchor, A/V Technician, Content Creator, Stage Tech, Professor.

Optional MS Introduction Course
(7th or 8th grade)

Concentrator Course
(9th, 10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(10th, 11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Production and Managerial Arts
School Program: Journalism
Related Careers: Journalist, News Editor, News Producer, News Reporter, Columnist, Correspondent

Optional MS Introduction Course
(8th or 9th grade)

Concentrator Course
(9th, 10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(10th, 11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Production and Managerial Arts
School Program: Video Production
Related Careers: Film and Video Producer, Editor, Director, Production Assistant, News Anchor, A/V Technician, Content Creator, Video Engineer, Post-Production, Stage Tech, Screenwriter

Optional MS Introduction Courses
(7th or 8th grade)

Optional Introduction Course
(9th or 10th grade)

Concentrator Course
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts
School Program: Film Studies and Production
Related Careers: Film Historian, Film Critic, Screenwriter, Script Supervisor, Director, Producer, Development Executive

Optional MS Introduction Courses
(7th or 8th grade)

Optional Introduction Course
(9th or 10th grade)

Concentrator Course
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)


Business & Finance

Career Pathway: Business & Finance
School Program: Entrepreneurship and Business
Related Careers: Business Owner, Business Accountant, Financial Analyst

CTE Biz

Optional MS Introduction Course
(7th or 8th grade)

Concentrator Course
(9th, 10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(10th, 11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Business & Finance
School Program: Finance
Related Careers: Accounting, Economics, Financial Analyst

Optional MS Introduction Course
(7th or 8th grade)

Concentrator Course
(9th, 10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(10th, 11th or 12th grade)

Education, Child Development and Family Services

Career Pathway: Family and Consumer Sciences Education
School Program: Child Development
Related Careers: Preschool Teacher, Child Care Worker, Educator, Assistant Teacher, Child Psychologist, Play Worker, Play Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Child Advocate

CTE EDU

Optional Introduction Course
(9th or 10th grade)

Concentrator Courses
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)


Health Science and Medical Technology Sector

Career Pathway: Patient Care
School Program: Patient Care
Related Careers: Epidemiologist, Biomedical Engineer, Direct Care Worker, Care Assistant, Home Assistant, Medical Lab Technician, Personal Care Worker, Microbiologist

CTE Health

Optional Introduction Course
(8th or 9th grade)

Concentrator Course
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)

Career Pathway: Patient Care
School Program: Sports Medicine
Related Careers: Athletic Trainer, Kinesiologist, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Epidemiologist, Exercise Physiologist, Sports Psychologist

Optional Introduction Course
(8th or 9th grade)

Concentrator Course
(10th or 11th grade)

Capstone Course
(11th or 12th grade)