Guide to Career and Technology Studies (CTS)

What Is CTS?


Career and technology studies (CTS) is a provincially authorized curriculum for Alberta secondary schools designed on a pathways model to offer flexible programming using 1-credit courses. The course structure of CTS enables schools to design unique programs that meet the needs of students and draw on community resources.


The CTS program is designed to develop skills that senior high school students can apply in their daily lives when preparing for entry into the workplace or for further learning opportunities. Through the CTS program, students are provided with opportunities to personalize their learning, identify and explore their interests, manage transitions, and build partnerships while developing basic competencies—that is, the attitudes and behaviours that people need to participate and progress in today’s dynamic world of work.


For more information on the Career and Technology Studies Program Philosophy and Rationale, visit the Alberta Education website.


Career and Technology Foundations (CTF)


Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) is an optional program that provides students in grades 5 through 9 with a variety of opportunities to explore their interests and better understand their career options earlier in their education. CTF provides a foundation for students to transition into Career and Technology Studies (CTS) in grades 10 through 12.


Schools may use the approved CTF Program of Studies or continue to use CTS learning outcomes from the CTS 1000-level introductory courses. This honours the time, effort and work that teachers have put into developing optional courses currently offered at the junior high level. Where the opportunity arises and where CTF aligns with jurisdictional priorities, teachers and schools are encouraged to consider transitioning to CTF. As an understanding of CTF develops, it is anticipated the CTF Program of Studies will have more appeal than offering CTS at the junior high level.


For more information, visit the Career and Technology Foundations website.