Work-based Learning Continuum

MD_WBL_Continuum_Research_and_PracticesCareer preparation is an integral part of a comprehensive education. Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) 13A.04.10 requires all school systems to have a program of instruction in career development in grades PreK-12. COMAR 13.04.02 requires all Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study to provide the opportunity for students to participate in work-based learning experiences.  Maryland’s Work-based Learning Continuum identifies a progression of work-based learning experiences from elementary school through postsecondary study. The continuum is grounded in research and identifies key outcomes, commitments, metrics, and evidence for each stage of the continuum. The continuum and supporting resources are designed to serve as a guide for the implementation of work-based learning experiences in Maryland.

Progression_of_WBL_Learning_ExperiencesProgression of WBL Learning Experiences


Work-based Learning Continuum Infographic

Maryland_Work-based_Learning_Progress_ChecklistAs Maryland school systems and community colleges grow their work-based learning programs, they can use the following checklist to track the progress of their efforts. Organized by each of the four phases of Maryland’s K-16 work-based learning continuum, the checklist presents for each phase: common work-based learning experiences, career development outcomes, and progress indicators focused on monitoring improvements in student participation and newly available features in work-based learning programs.

Maryland Work-Based Learning Progress Tracking Checklist


This checklist summarizes the data that the Maryland State Department of Education and school systems already collect that could be leveraged to document the positive impacts of improved work-based learning programs.

Checklist of Existing School Data to Monitor Progress of Work-based Learning Outcomes