EDP - Educational Development Plans

Educational Development Plans (EDPs) are updated yearly with the school counselors with the purpose of providing time and resources for students to explore career goals and a plan of action for meeting those goals.  Students will become more aware of their individual interests, abilities/aptitudes, career pathway options, post-secondary education and training options, occupational outlook, as well as high school classes, credits, and opportunities.

EDPs are updated using Naviance.  To access Naviance, students should find the Naviance app in their Google account.  They will automatically be logged in.

EDP Direction Sheet

Things to Consider when Looking at Career Options that are a good fit for you:

Aptitudes:  What are you good at?  What are you skilled in?

Interests:  What do you enjoy doing?  What are you interested in? 

  • Career Cluster Finder assessment in Naviance
  • Career Interest Profiler assessment in Naviance 

Values:  What are your beliefs about what is most important in your work?  When your values line up with how you live and work, you tend to feel more satisfied and confident.  Check out what your work values are and how they match with careers at these links:

Job Outlook: What is the job outlook for the next decade in that occupation?  Research job outlook, as well as typical duties, work environment, required education/training, and median wage for various occupations found in the USA in the Occupational Outlook Handbook:  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Academic Achievement:  Reflect on your grades, GPA, courses you have taken and standardized test scores and how it relates to various college admission requirements.  

What Counts in Admission Decisions? (Article)

Michigan College Admission Requirements (pdf)

Students take the following standardized tests throughout high school: 

  • 9th grade -- PSAT 8/9 taken in Spring,
  • 10th grade -- PSAT 10 taken in spring,
  • 11th grade -- PSAT/NMSQT (optional in Fall)
  • 11th grade -- SAT and ACT WorkKeys taken in Spring

To study for the PSAT/SAT, visit https://www.khanacademy.org.

Career Clusters and Pathways

Michigan Career Clusters 

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Business Management and Administration
  • Education and Training
  • Finance
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Health Science
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Human Services
  • Information Technology
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Transportation, Distribution and Logistics

Additional Things to Consider when Researching Careers:

1.  What Post-Secondary Educational Training is required for your Career Choice?  

  • High School Diploma
  • 2-year College
  • 4-year College
  • Graduate/Professional College
  • On the job training
  • Trade School Degree/Certificate Program
  • Military
  • Apprenticeship
  • Other:  

2.  If college is required for your career, what would you study in college, or what would you major or minor in?

3.  Which college(s) have that major?

4.  Which high school courses can you take to help with this career/college choice in the future?

5.  What else can you be doing now to plan for your future?  What are some goals that you have for yourself for this year, before you graduate, and after high school?

Additional Activities to help with your career/college exploration and planning:

Research Colleges by going to Naviance, click on Colleges, then Advanced College Search or SuperMatch College Search

College Planning Activities:

Review the College Planning Timeline for your grade level.  Resources to explore career and military options are on the first link, too!



9th/10th grade college planning timeline

11th grade college planning timeline

12th grade college planning timeline

Brag Sheet/Resume: 

A brag sheet or resume can help you keep track of your extracurricular activities, leadership, work experience, volunteer work and community service, etc. This form will be used by teachers and counselors to write the letter of recommendations you need for your college and scholarships. This will also help you in completing college applications and writing your personal statement for scholarship essays. Be thorough. Please make a copy of this document and share it with your teachers and counselors.

Brag Sheet Template

To keep track of your activities and create a resume, go to Naviance -- About Me -- Resume.