Career and Technical Education

This site provides you with information on curriculum, programs, rules, and other information for Career and Technical Education (CTE). We welcome any suggestions you may have that will improve this site for individuals working to provide high quality career and technical programs for students. Join the CTE mailing list and receive updates.

Career and technical education programs offer a sequence of courses that provides students with coherent and rigorous content. CTE content is aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in current or emerging professions.

Statewide CTE Programs of Study Public Comment

Texas Education Agency (TEA) requests preliminary public comment on proposed Career and Technical Education (CTE) statewide programs of study. We encourage feedback from district and campus level administrators, CTE coordinators, CTE teachers, and counselors.

The Division of College, Career, and Military Preparation has engaged members of the workforce, secondary education, and higher education to advise on the development of programs of study, including coherent sequences of courses, industry-based certifications, and work-based learning to ensure students are prepared for in-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers in Texas. The proposed programs of study are scheduled to go into effect for the 2020-2021 school year and will allow Texas to meet the federal program approval requirements within the Strengthening CTE for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V).  The public comment documents can be viewed by following the link below:

Statewide CTE Program of Study


Perkins V Transition Plan

On July 31, 2018, the President signed Perkins V into law. This law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Perkins V reflects the 100-year federal commitment to CTE by providing federal support for CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education and improving accountability.  The Perkins V Transition Plan for the 2019-2020 school year can be viewed by following the link below:

 Perkins V Transition Plan (PDF)


Industry-Based Certifications (IBCs)

2019-2020 Approved Industry-Based Certifications for Public School Accountability  

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is releasing the updated list of industry-based certifications to be used for public school accountability. The new list of industry-based certifications is scheduled to go into effect for the 2019-2020 school-year and will apply to school accountability ratings in August 2021.

As the new list is reviewed, please make note of the following:

  • Business, Marketing and Finance clusters have been aligned together. In addition, Government & Public Administration has been aligned with the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security career cluster.
  • Industry-Based Certifications are valuable in multiple career clusters. An example of this is the Autodesk AutoCAD certification which aligns with several careers. If the certification is earned, a district should report the certification regardless of the primary cluster identified on the list.
  • 1 page documents will be created to show detailed information relating to each certification.

2019-2020 Approved Industry-Based Certifications for Public School Accountability (PDF)

Industry-Based Certification 1 page resources



2018-2019 Industry-Based Certifications  

Help Wanted Online-Employment Information for Secondary School Students

Find more information at:

Help Wanted Online-Employment Information for Secondary School Students (PDF)

Career and Technical Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

The following links are to the career and technical education TEKS: 

 2017-2018 TEKS:
Chapter 127 and Chapter 130 Career and Technical Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for 2017-2018

 Course Crosswalks:
The course crosswalks show the correlation between the 2010 adopted TEKS currently in use and the new 2015 adopted TEKS that will be implemented in 2017-2018.


Related Links

The following links are about career and technical education TEKS: 

Accountability: Federal, State, and Local

Career and Technical Education Allotment  

Career and Technical Education Teacher Certificate Requirements 

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

Career Preparation and Practicum Courses

Curriculum Resources 

Funding: Federal and State

General Teacher Certification Information

Professional Associations for CTE Educators  

Public Education Information Management (PEIMS) 

The following sites are not maintained by TEA. The links are provided as a service to the public.

The following links are about career and technical education:

CTE Leadership Academy (outside source)

New CTE Teacher Conference (outside source)

Special Populations Resources (outside source)


The following links are to resources for CTE courses and rules:

CTE Decision Charts-Where to find them (PDF)

Nontraditional Courses 2017 PBMAS (PDF)
The CTE nontraditional courses on this list are also found in the 2017 PBMAS Manual (2015-2016 School Year).
Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs  


Contact Information

Contact Information

Ryan Merritt, State Director
Career and Technical Education  

Debbie Wieland, Assistant Director,
Career and Technical Education
Education and Training
Hospitality and Tourism
Human Services

Avery Barrera, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Industry Based Credentials

Amanda Brantley, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction

Dale Fowler, Statewide CTE Coordinator 
Business Management and Administration
Government and Public Administration
Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Kevin Johnson, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Health Science
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Laura Torres, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Arts, Audio/Visual Technology, and Communications
Information Technology

ESC CTE Contacts 
Career and Technical Education
College, Career, and Military Preparation Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401
(512) 936-6060