Practical List of Career Exploration Electives for Homeschool Transcript

Homeschool high schoolers need to have Career Exploration Electives for their transcripts.

Practical List of Career Exploration Electives for Homeschool Transcript

Career Exploration Electives

Want to help your homeschool high schoolers for life after graduation? It is a good idea for homeschool high schoolers to include some Career Exploration electives on their transcripts.

Not only does Career Exploration help teens prepare for life, but Career Exploration Electives help give SPARKLE to the transcript.

This important elective also helps a teen decide whether or not that subject would be a good college major or career.

Here are some real-life examples of Career Exploration Electives that our homeschool high schoolers have done. Some led to college majors and/or careers. Some revealed that this particular career would be a bad fit!

  • One of my homeschool high school advisees for years believed she wanted to be a large-animal veterinarian. However, when she did an apprenticeship with her local farm vet she found out it would be a bad fit!
    • Rather than loving the experience, she found was that being a large-animal vet was not compatible with her desire to become a wife and mother. What she wanted most was a regular, stable home life.
      • (If she had done the Career Exploration course beforehand, she might have discovered that when covering her “values”- but life is a great teacher, anyway.)
  • One of my sons was interested in video production. Therefore he did an apprenticeship at a local commercial producer. He enjoyed the hectic pace and decided to go for that major in college.
  • Another son loved computers, thus we made sure he had programming and other practical courses that he could do at home.
  • On the other hand, my daughter has always wanted to be a photographer. Therefore, she began taking courses at the community college when she was a junior in high school.

Having worked with hundreds of homeschool high schoolers over the years, I thought I’d share some of their homeschool high school Career Exploration Electives.

When logging credit for Career Exploration electives, if using a textbook or syllabus course, the credit will be assigned. If logging hours, go by your local Carnegie unit requirements. (Note: sometimes apprenticeship or “real job” hours don’t correspond one-to-one with actual hours, check with your local umbrella school for their guidelines.)

Career Exploration Course

Take an actual course that comprehensively covers all the aspects of Career Exploration. Our homeschool high schoolers have done the Career Exploration textbook, which is designed specifically for Christian teens.

Study an Interest by Textbook

Screwtape C.S. Lewis
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Our local teens have done extra textbooks in interest areas as Career Exploration
elective. They’ve studied topics such as:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Marine Biology
  • C.S. Lewis studies
  • (All of these were beyond core class requirements.)

High School Experiential Courses by Logging Hours

Our homeschool high schoolers have done many Career Exploration elective credits by logging hours in topics like:

  • Russian history
  • history interpretation
  • auto mechanics
  • art history
  • philosophy

They have logged hours by:

  • reading books
  • writing research papers
  • going on field trips
  • interviewing professionals
  • shadowing
  • watching informational videos

College Courses

This is a great way to earn credit, as long as the student understand that their grade stays with them all the way through college (so no goofing off). Our homeschool high schoolers have earned Career Exploration credit in:

  • photography
  • graphic design
  • video production
  • equine science
  • literature
  • various other sciences

Study a New Thing that Might Become an Interest

Human Development
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This is a great way to incorporate not-the-usual topics on the homeschool transcript. Some of our local teens have included “find-your-calling-or-weed-out” courses that were at the same time personally enriching.

One of their favorites is Human Development (most of them did not go into the field, but they gained good life skills).

Volunteer in an Interest Area

Our local homeschool high schoolers have done great volunteering Career Exploration electives at:

  • local zoos
  • museums
  • hospitals
  • animal shelters
  • libraries
  • churches 
  • nursing homes
  • political organizations

Join an organization

My homeschool advisees have really benefited by their experiences in:

  • Civil Air Patrol
  • the local hospital’s Explorer’s Post
  • living history organizations

Get a job that builds on an interest

Our local teens have enjoyed jobs that some then have chosen as careers:

  • Barista
  • Pet groomer
  • Photographer (started with a first job as a professional photographer’s second)

Do an Apprenticeship

career exploration in the bible
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There’s nothing like an apprenticeship. It can be as simple as:

  • volunteering at the local veterinarian’s office
  • assisting a HVAC repairman
  • clerking at the local accountant’s office
  • gofer at a digital advertising agency

These have been valuable experiences for our local homeschool high schoolers.

For teens with special needs, Career Exploration is a vital course. It will help them gain confidence during high school and prepare for adult life after high school.

However, it is good to start at the beginning. Do our Career Exploration textbook. That will get the ball rolling. Therefore, you can get your teen’s feet wet with our freebies: Career Exploration Questionnaire (about God-given role models) and Career Exploration in the Bible.


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Career Exploration Electives

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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