Career Education & Educational Development Plan

An Educational Development Plan (EDP) documents an ongoing procees of a student identifying both career goals and a plan of action to achieve them.  The purpose of the EDP is to provide every student with an ongoing record of career planning that will guide them in taking steps to enter a career choice.  Each student develops a first EDP in middle school, stating an initial career goal and desired work and educational experiences.  School counselors verify that EDPs reflect an individual career decisionmaking process based on career exploration, career assessment information, school performance, and expressed interests.  School counselors also help students choose classes to support their career goals.  Because the EDP and choosing a career is a continual process, students will meet with their school counselor to review and revise their EDP yearly. 

The Educational Development Plan (EDP) documents student educational and career plans that includes the following six basic EDP elements approved byt eh Michigan Department of Careeer Development as a part of the Career Preparation System:

  1. personal interests/information
  2. career pathway goals
  3. educational/training goals
  4. career assessment results
  5. plan of action
  6. parent/family consultation and endorsement (under age 18)

7th grade 
In 7th grade students begin their Educational Development Plan (EDP) by engaging in a personal interests/information lesson based on the Myers & Briggs Type Indicator assessment tool.  Students participate in lessons to help them understand their personality types which can help them with career planning at every stage, from the choices of classes in school to choosing their first career. 

Students often find difficulty deciding what kind of career they want to do or why a certain career makes them comfortable or uncomfortable.  Helping students understand their personality type is a practical tool for investigating what works for them and for them to determine their preferences.  An example of a preference could be a student who is more introverted my find he/she is happier doing research, while a student who is more extraverted may perfer a career with more interaction with people. 

Knowing your personality type/preferences is not only helpful when trying to select a career, it is also helpful in determining learning styles.  It is benefitial when students understand the differences in their learning styles, communication, and therefore learning, is enhanced. A student’s interests and ways of learning directly affect how he or she takes in information.