Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


Career exploration, education, students, curriculum, career technical courses, financial simulations


Society’s expectation is that once a student graduates from high school, they will do one of two things; enter the workforce or continue their education. The flaw within this expectation is that rarely do high school students experience what their futures may look like depending on their career path. The focus of this curriculum is to provide knowledge and experiences that can help students reach society’s expectation. The population of focus is middle to high school students, preferably juniors and seniors. Research was collected and a literature review was prepared to support the demand of the curriculum in education and discover what methods would present the best results. Through the research, evidence supported the practice of a career exploration curriculum in high school as a means of preparing students for their futures and meeting society’s expectations. Components within these curriculums included: career technical courses, job shadowing, and financial simulations. After evaluating the research a curriculum was developed to accomplish the objective at hand.



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