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.

2018-2019 Perkins V Indicator Data Statewide Report

The Perkins V Indicator Data Statewide report provides summary data on the performance of Texas secondary career and technical education (CTE) programs for the 2018-2019 school year as required by Sec. 113(C),(D), and (E) of the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (PL 115-224, Enacted July 31, 2018), Perkins V.  (2018-2019 Perkins V Indicator Data Statewide report accessible PDF)

The state-level data is disaggregated by:

  1. Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
  2. Perkins V identified Special Populations
  3. Federal Career Clusters
  4. State Career Clusters
  5. In the 5S4 (CTE Completers) tab – Programs of Study

The disaggregated data is available under the following tabs of the Excel file specific to each federally reported performance indicator:

  1. 1S1 – Four-Year Graduation Rate
  2. 1S2 – Extended Graduation Rate
  3. 2S1 – Academic Proficiency in Reading/Language/Arts
  4. 2S2 – Academic Proficiency in Mathematics
  5. 2S3 – Academic Proficiency in Science
  6. 3S1 – Post-Program Placement
  7. 4S1 – Non-traditional Program Concentration
  8. 5S1 – Program Quality – Attained Recognized Postsecondary Credential
  9. 5S4 – Program Quality – CTE Completer

The report is an accompaniment to the data available to local education agencies (LEAs) in Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) system through the career and technical education report (CTER) application.  Requests for access to data in the CTER application must be submitted to LEA leadership, who will forward the request to the Texas Education Agency in the TEAL system.

 2020-2021 Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment Guidebook (Update)

One of the most significant changes introduced in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) is the comprehensive local needs assessment (CLNA).  The law states local eligible recipients must complete a comprehensive local needs assessment related to career and technical education once every two years.  The 2020-2021 CLNA (SC5600) is required for local education agencies (LEAs) applying for 2021-2022 Perkins funding who did not complete the assessment in the 2020-2021 school year.  The CLNA guidebook is designed to assist Texas LEAs with the completion of the local needs assessment.  The local needs assessment process is intended to be a regular part of a LEA's data-driven decision making and program improvement system.  

CLNA Guidebook (Word)

CLNA Guidebook (PDF)

Industry-Based Certification Resources

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) engaged with members of the workforce to assist in identifying industry-based certifications (IBCs) that are recognized and valued by industry sectors. Over 1,000 unique certifications were recommended by stakeholders to be included in the industry-based certification review process. The recommendations were vetted according to the established criteria. The IBC_Evaluation_Criteria_Final_2019 defines the criteria used for the 2019-2022 Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability. 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the updated list of industry-based certifications to be used for public school accountability. The new list of industry-based certifications went 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.

The 2019-2022 (2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022 school years) Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability and 1-page resources are linked below. The 2022-2023 Industry-Based Certification List for Public School Accountability is currently under review.

Current list of approved Industry-Based Certifications for Public School Accountability (PDF)

Industry-Based Certification 1 page resources

Industry-Based Certification Reimbursement FAQ

IBC Approved Vendor Crosswalk (being updated)

IBC FAQ (Retirements, Vendor Changes, and Reimbursements)

Additional IBC Resources

Prior list of IBCs for state accountability (PDF)

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

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, and high-wage careers in Texas.

The 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 links below:

Approved Statewide CTE Programs of Study

Approved Regional Programs of Study 

LWDA Labor Market Information and Resources

CTE Programs of Study Alignment to Endorsements

CTED Update

  • There are no designated Career and Technical Education for Students with Disabilities (CTED) courses in the CO22 table, and references have been removed from the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH).  Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are available to all students. 
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that a student who receives special education services must learn in the least restrictive environment (LRE). 
    • This means that, to the maximum extent appropriate, a student with a disability must be educated with students who do not have disabilities.  It also means that a student with a disability may not be placed in a special class that removes the student from the regular educational environment unless the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in a regular class with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
    • Access to the general curriculum, LRE, and a continuum of alternative placements must be considered when addressing students’ needs and making placement decisions.  These decisions are made on an individual basis by the student’s ARD committee, which must include a representative from Career and Technical Education, preferably the teacher, when considering the initial or continued placement of a student in a career and technical education program. 
      • The ARD committee determines the student’s placement, which may, in limited situations, include a CTE course in a self-contained setting that serves only students with disabilities, but only when deemed necessary as described above.
      • Therefore, an LEA can provide a CTE course in a special-education-only setting if the ARD committee has made an individualized determination that this setting is the least restrictive environment for the student.
      • Also, because of the individualized decisions that must be made for each student with a disability, there must not be a pattern of “guiding” students with disabilities into any one program, and there must be an opportunity for interaction with peers in general education programs.
      • NOTE:  Career Preparation Teacher Certification Change 
        • §231.271. Career Development, Grades 9-12. Section 231.271(a) would be reorganized to add new paragraph (1) to reflect current certificates for teaching career development for grades 9-12 and would add new paragraph (2) that would provide holders of special education certificates an opportunity to teach career development courses, provided they complete the additional specified.  The proposed and technical education (CTE) training prior to teaching these courses.  The proposed amendment would ensure that students who receive special education services have opportunities to enroll in these courses taught by teachers who are highly trained to provide appropriate supports.  The proposed amendment would also provide clarity for district personnel to place educators with the appropriate credentials into classroom assignments.  
          • Public Comment Period:  August 21, 2020 to September 21, 2020
          • Earliest SBEC Adoption Date:  October 9, 2020
          • SBOE Review Data:  November 19-20, 2020
          • Projected Effective Date:  December 27, 2020

TEA Work-Based Learning Online Course

Teachers assigned to teach Career Preparation courses must complete the Texas Education Agency approved training as outlined in §231.271. Career Development, Grades 9-12. subsection (e): 

  • (e)The school district is responsible for ensuring that each teacher assigned to Career Preparation I, Career Preparation II, or Extended Career Preparation, Grades 9-12, has completed appropriate training in state and federal requirements regarding work-based learning and safety.

The TEA Work-Based Learning online course which can be completed to meet this requirement.

In this professional development course, teachers will learn what authentic work-based learning (WBL) is and how to ensure students learn the skills and knowledge appropriate for their career pathway in a safe and appropriate environment through collaborative partnerships with local employers. This course introduces basic laws, rules, and procedures relevant to teaching career and technical education (CTE) courses that involve WBL at the secondary school level in Texas.

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to fundamental concepts with links to additional resources useful to teachers assigned to CTE courses.  

This course takes approximately 8 hours to complete. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will earn 8 CPE credits.

Please note the course is self-paced without an assessment or certificate of completion.  The agency is working to have a certificate available in the near future. Please maintain an independent record of completion.

Options for documentation of completion may include:

  • Saving a screenshot of the final page of the final lesson review (instructions)
  • LEA Generated certificate of completion when the course is scheduled and facilitated by the LEA 

Additionally, you may contact your Education Service Center or your teacher professional organization for additional information regarding scheduled WBL training courses.  

Perkins V State Plan

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requests public comment on the state plan for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also referred to as Perkins V.

On July 31, 2018, the president signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into Law.  Perkins V includes key changes that will impact the implementation of CTE programs, such as an added emphasis on programs of study, the addition of a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, and the introduction of new program quality indicators.  The Texas Perkins V four-year state plan, covering all of the requirements of the Act, will be submitted to the US Department of Education upon approval by the Governor and State Board of Education in spring 2020.

The full plan can be viewed here: Perkins V State Plan Document (PDF)

Perkins V Executive Summary (PDF)

Perkins V Overview Presentation (PPT)

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 will take you to the Career and Technical Education TEKS in the Texas Administrative Code: 

2020-2021 Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
Chapter 127 TEKS:

Chapter 130 TEKS: 

Related Links

The following links are about career and technical education TEKS: 

Accountability: Federal, State, and Local

Career and Technical Education Allotment  (advanced course list)

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:

Special Populations Resources (outside source)


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

CTE Courses for Academic Credit

CTE Decision Charts-Where to find them (PDF)

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


CTE Updates


Please take a look at our IBC Vendor Crosswalk and the FAQ that follows on our main page.  Changes on the crosswalk are highlighted in yellow. 

Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA) Guidebook 

Need guidance in assessing your data-driven decision making when applying for Perkins V?  Please see the links to the CLNA guidebook on our main page.  The 2020-2021 CLNA (SC5600) is required for local education agencies (LEAs) applying for the 2021-2022 Perkins funding who did NOT complete the assessment in the 2020-2021 school year.   

2018-2019 Perkins V Indicator Data Statewide Report  

Please note we have added the 2018-2019 Perkins V Indicator Data Statewide report to our CTE webpage.  We have an excel document and an accessible PDF linked for your viewing.  See our main page area for those reports and information about the details.  

Need approved training courses to teach your CTE courses next year?

Texas Gateway Temporarily Under Maintenance

The Texas Gateway site will be temporarily undergoing maintenance and is expected to reopen new and improved in the near future.  We apologize for the inconvenience during the transition process, and TEA will actively provide updates as new information is available.

 CTE Courses and Guidance:

The online professional development courses ( that are part of the Texas Gateway are in the midst of being updated. Courses do not produce a final certificate.  See our main page for details and how to take a screenshot for your records. Additional updates can be found here. For your convenience, some required courses are linked below.

  • Introduction to Integrating Math into CTE Classrooms
  • Introduction to Integrating Science into CTE Classrooms
  • CTE Work-Based Learning


May 6, 2021

March 19, 2021

March 9, 2021


Contact Information

Contact Information

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

Lacy Freeman, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Industry Based Certifications
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications

Jennifer Bullock, Statewide CTE Coordinator
STEM: Biomedical Science and Engineering

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
STEM: Program and Software Development,
Cybersecurity, and Renewable Energy
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