Developing Soft Skills in CTE

Association for Career and Technical Education

Developing Soft Skills in CTE (Career and Technical Education) course for instructors offers strategies for personal and workplace success skills instruction, integration into programming, and measurement of skill development.

What This Includes

Skills addressed: Communication, Dependability, Cooperation, Diversity Awareness, Resilience, Self-direction, Self-awareness

Instructor resources

  • Self-paced, open-entry, online professional development course for continuing education credits
  • Four modules covering Why Soft Skills, Defining Career Behaviors, Measuring Soft Skills, and Nurturing Soft Skills
  • Online learning community of career education professionals
  • Badge, certificate of completion, and eligibility to apply for undergraduate and graduate college credit available upon completion of course

Key Takeaways

  • While geared toward CTE instructors, adult education instructors can also use this course to get a comprehensive background in why and how to teach personal and workplace success skills in a school system.
  • This resource offers instructors integrated instructional strategies, such as writing reflections, for teaching students about the value and benefit of understanding personal and workplace success skills for career success and personal growth.
  • Instructors and educational leaders can learn how to develop school- or system-wide methods to measure student soft-skill development and growth.

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) provides a range of services for CTE professionals, including research, advocacy for the field, and professional development. In addition to online training opportunities, ACTE offers financial aid and grants to instructors to pursue professional education and training at educational institutions. ACTE instructional resources include the ACTE Quality CTE Program of Study Framework and linked resources. The organization also convenes regional CTE conferences and offers leadership development training and fellowships.

Adaptability & Flexibility


Digital Literacy

Emotional Intelligence

Leadership & Initiative

Respecting Differences


Teamwork & Collaboration

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