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.


2024-2025 Programs of Study are Final

Refreshed programs of study will be implemented beginning with the 2024-2025 school year.  Changes to programs of study are additive and should not negatively impact students who have already started a program of study. Additional information is available on the programs of study webpage.  

Public Notice Seeking Public Comment on Texas Education Agency's Perkins V State Plan State Determined Performance Levels (2/12/2024)

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is inviting public comment on the Perkins V State Plan State Determined Performance Levels Section V developed pursuant to the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act signed by the president on July 31, 2018.  

Parties may also review the State Determined Performance Levels at the William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, by contacting the TEA Division of College, Career, and Military Preparation at (512) 936-6060.

Procedures for Submitting Written Comments:

TEA will accept written comments pertaining to the Texas Perkins V State Plan State Determined Performance Levels by mail to the TEA Division of College, Career, and Military Preparation, 1701 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701-1494 or by email to Comments must be submitted by Tuesday, April 9, 2024.

Timetable for Finalizing the State Determined Performance Levels:

After review and consideration of all public comments, TEA will make necessary or appropriate modifications and will post the final State Determined Performance Levels on the TEA CTE website.

Industry-Based Certifications for CCMR Accountability

On December 12, 2023, the Texas Workforce Commission’s three-member commission adopted the Industry-Based Certification (IBC) Advisory Council’s Inventory of Industry-Recognized Credentials to comply with Texas Labor Code Chapter 312. The chapter directs the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) to provide a copy of the Industry-Recognized Credential Inventory to each school district and public institution of higher education that offers a career and technical education (CTE) program to public high school students. The IBC Advisory Council Inventory of Industry-Recognized Credential may be found at Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative.

While the TWC’s list of industry-recognized credentials may be used to provide additional opportunities to meet the educational and career goals of students, only the Texas Education Agency’s Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability with aligned certifying entities may be entered into Texas Student Data System (TSDS) Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) and count toward the College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) calculations for accountability and for reimbursement requests. In the future, all certifications included on TWC’s inventory will be evaluated against criteria in 19 TAC §74.1003 for possible inclusion on the TEA’s list for public school accountability. 


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Programs of Study

Statewide and Regional


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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

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Industry-Based Certifications

IBC information for public school accountability


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The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

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CTE Professional Development

TEALearn and other opportunities

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Additional Resources

CTSOs, PEIMS, Funding, etc.


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Certifications and other information

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CTE Newsletters

Archived CTE Listservs

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CTE Contacts

Program of Study Contacts




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Programs of Study Change Crosswalk

CTE Course List (9/19/2023) (This list use to be out on and will now be available on the Program of Study Card)


New CTE Middle School TEKS in Career and College Exploration

At the April 2023 meeting, the SBOE adopted new CTE middle school Career and College Exploration TEKS, to be implemented beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. The Career and College Exploration TEKS can be offered to satisfy the requirement for each student to receive instruction in high school, college, and career preparation at least once in grade 7 or 8 (Texas Education Code, §28.016). The course replaces the TEKS for Investigating Career and College and Career Readiness.

Effective Date: August 1, 2023

Adopted new 19 TAC, Chapter 127, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career Development and Career and Technical Education, Subchapter A, Middle School, §127.2, Career and College Exploration [TEKS Update PDF]


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Contact Information

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 (Word Doc, updated 12/14/2023)