Our Top 10 CTE Lesson Plans for Business Education Teachers

Business is one of the most popular topics in education, especially in career and technical education (CTE).

But creating lesson plans is hard. And if you’re a seasoned business expert who’s never taught before, how do you stay ahead of your students?

The answer lies in pre-made lesson plans.

Good lesson plans are hard to find though. That’s why we’ve pulled the 10 most popular collections of lesson plans that our teachers use throughout the school year.

The top 10 lesson plans for business education teachers are:

  1. Job seeking skills
  2. Professionalism
  3. Digital citizenship
  4. Digital responsibility
  5. Computing systems
  6. Web research
  7. Personal financial literacy
  8. Career development
  9. Business communication
  10. Microsoft Word fundamentals


We’ve included numbers here for both middle school and high school students.


Because lots of these lesson plans can apply to any grade or student age.

So if you’re teaching business in a classroom, these are the lesson plans that our teachers use the most.

You can too!

1. Job Seeking Skills


Our teachers using these lessons: 1,323 (9/13/17)

Job seeking skills is our most popular collection of lessons with eight lessons total.

That may not sound like a lot — we have other modules that contain many more lesson plans.

But these lesson plans can apply to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Everyone needs to know how to find a job, no matter what CTE track a student pursues.

Better yet, these skills apply to people of every age. College graduates need to know job seeking skills, and sixth graders can learn them too.

At some point, they’ll need these skills to succeed in their careers.

That’s why so many of our teachers use this module and our lesson plans.

There are only eight lesson plans total — but everyone needs to go through them at some point in their lives.

2. Professionalism


Our teachers using these lessons: 827 (9/13/17)

Professionalism is our second most popular module with 11 lessons. Like job seeking skills, everyone needs to know professional conduct.

These lessons cover a lot of ground in a short time, including time management, problem solving, and even more superficial qualities like appearance.

While these appearance-based lessons may seem vapid or judgmental, they help students make positive first impressions with employers.

Proper dress, grooming, and diction are all important to someone landing a job and starting their career.

If you’ve worked in your field for a decade, that sounds obvious.

But to students — some of whom may not have professional role models — that’s life-changing information.

That’s what these professionalism lessons offer.

It’s also why they’re so popular. 

3. Digital Citizenship


Our teachers using these lessons: 772 (9/13/17)

Our digital citizenship module is a collection of 10 lessons that cover the basics of digital communication and protection.

In today’s world, this is essential knowledge. Hacking, identity theft, and cyberbullying are all real dangers in the digital landscape.

These lesson plans teach students how to care for themselves — and the companies that’ll employ them.

Along with this, students learn about the ethics of using digital content and the “footprint” they leave when they use the Internet.

This is the tip of the iceberg in terms of online security. But it’s sufficient for students to understand that the Internet isn’t harmless, anonymous fun.

It’s a place that can have very real, very significant consequences.

By becoming good digital citizens, students can take steps to ensure those consequences are as positive as possible for their lives.

4. Digital Responsibility


Our teachers using these lessons: 735 (9/13/17)

Digital responsibility contains only two lessons, but hundreds of our teachers use it.


Because it’s essential for students in today’s world — just like digital citizenship.

Digital responsibility focuses on the best ways to learn online, ensuring students can locate reliable information.

It’s just as important that they can avoid misinformation.

By understanding digital responsibility, students understand how information works and travels online.

5. Computing Systems


Our teachers using these lessons: 590 (9/13/17)

Computing systems is a larger module that contains 12 lessons that are especially useful for business and computer applications. 

Every office is going digital — if it wants to keep up with the pace of the business world, anyway. That means students will most likely work in environments where they have to know what a computer, network, and intranet are (among other things).

Without this knowledge, students will be lost in the workplace.

And while it’s true that many young students are digitally literate, a surprising amount don’t have the time, money, or resources to learn about these systems on their own.

That’s why our computing systems lesson plans cover so much.

These lessons introduce computers as a concept, their processing methods, data storage, operating systems, networks, and the Internet.

6. Web Research


Our teachers using these lessons: 569 (9/13/17)

Our web research module features 13 lessons that are crucial to a student’s ability to find and learn information online.

This includes principles like copyright recognition and the ethical application of information.

Search engines, browser configurations, and URL structure also play a role in these lessons.

Altogether, these lesson plans prep students of all ages for proper use of the Internet. Once someone completes this web research curriculum, they’ll be able to make the most of what the Internet has to offer.

You can see a sample lesson plan from our web research module for yourself!

7. Personal Financial Literacy


Our teachers using these lessons: 499 (9/13/17)

Our collection of personal financial literacy lessons concentrates on a major life skill that few schools ever teach — managing a bank account.

Total, we offer 11 lessons on how to do this. These lessons cover everything from reading a pay stub to how credit scores work.

These lessons are especially helpful at younger ages. With this information, young students can get an early start on a positive credit score and a decent bank account.

Most importantly, these lessons emphasize the importance of budgeting and informed purchases.

In other words, students learn how to live within their current means, living how they think they should instead of how advertisers or society thinks they should.

They’ll even learn how to responsibly borrow money, giving students the information they need to buy a house or even start a business.

Altogether, these are some of the most important lesson plans you could use for your students. 

8. Career Development


Our teachers using these lessons: 414 (9/13/17)

Our 13 lessons for career development are all oriented toward students starting, maintaining, and improving within their field of expertise.

These lessons cover everything from career research to defining a student’s professional ambitions.

As a result, these lesson plans can give students an outline of what to do throughout their lives to achieve what they want to achieve.

It also teaches them self-assessment so they can take stock of their own knowledge and accomplishments. Then, they can see where they need to improve to move forward with their careers.

Beyond that, students learn how their careers can complement other careers to work together.

9. Business Communication


Our teachers using these lessons: 385 (9/13/17)

The AES business communications module features 11 lessons that cover how to talk, email, and call within a business.

These lessons are so popular because they go hand-in-hand with lots of other lesson plans we offer. Professionalism, career development, job seeking skills — they’re improved with proper communication.

Students also learn about active listening and how to take actionable steps from a conversation, especially during meetings.

Students with aspirations for middle management or executive work can also learn how to conduct meetings.

While these lessons may seem like no-brainers sometimes, they can help students of any age understand how to talk to their future coworkers.

Then, they can combine that with their professional interests to lay out a viable career path for themselves.

10. Microsoft Word Fundamentals


Our teachers using these lessons: 363 (9/13/17)

Our final group of lesson plans is Microsoft Word fundamentals.

This short module contains seven lessons that show off the word processing and graphics power of Microsoft Word.

We created lesson plans specific to Word because it’s the gold standard of company writing.

Microsoft’s suite of office products is used everywhere from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Whether a student wants to start their own business or climb the corporate ladder, they’ll need to be familiar with Microsoft Word at some point.

With these lesson plans, they’ll have a head start on other candidates for jobs. That could make all the difference between starting a career and getting a rejection letter.

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