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 

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 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). Programs of study documents can be viewed by following the link below:

Approved Statewide CTE Program of Study

Regional CTE Programs of Study Application Process Opens September 9, 2019 

As stated during the public comment process for programs of study, statewide labor market data does not support offering all CTE course sequences at every high school across Texas. Each year, local education agencies with labor market data to support regional programs of study may submit an application for additional course sequences. The application will require the submission of labor market data that validates the occupations and course sequence of the proposed program of study being aligned with regional needs for high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand careers.

If you have identified a program of study that leads to high-wage, high-skill, and in-demand occupations in your region that is not included in the final versions of the statewide programs of study, please begin the application process. The first phase in the application process will involve districts declaring their intent to apply for a regional program of study to the Education Service Center CTE Specialist. Each ESC CTE Specialist will communicate the process for initiating a regional program of study application to each district within their region. 

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  

Industry Certifications HB 2729 (PDF)

List of IBCs for state accountability (PDF)

List of CTE courses aligned with state accountability list (PDF)

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

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
Arts, Audio/Visual Technology and Communications

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

Les Hudson, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Architecture and Construction

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

Laura Torres, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Information Technology

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

For Education Service Center Regional Support, please contact the appropriate ESC CTE Specialist included in the listing below: 

ESC CTE Contacts