Career and Technical Education

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Unit in the Curriculum Division provides direction and leadership to the CTE programs throughout Texas. Unit staff assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for CTE, collaborates with various professional organizations about CTE programs, and assists the Instructional Materials and Educational Technology Division in overseeing the textbook adoption process for CTE instructional materials. The CTE Unit also provides ongoing communication with the field related to the curriculum and graduation requirements in 19 TAC Chapter 74. 

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.

Career and Technical Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

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

Chapter 127 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career Development
Chapter 130 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career and Technical Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Career and Technical Education FAQ (coming soon)

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:
Advanced Technical Credit (ATC) (Statewide Articulation) (outside source)

Career Clusters (outside source)

CTE Leadership Academy (outside source)

New CTE Teacher Conference (outside source)

Special Populations Resource Center (outside source)


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

CTE Decision Charts-Where to find them (PDF, 342KB)

CTE Project Share Courses (PDF, 133KB)

Myths and Facts - Student Industry Certification and Licensure (PDF, 44KB)

Nontraditional Courses (PDF, 108KB)
Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs