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.
2020-2021 Perkins V Application Resources
The federal Perkins grant provides formula allocations for Local Education Agencies (LEA) to develop more fully the academic, technical, and employability skills of secondary education students who elect to enroll in CTE programs. LEA's must demonstrate that they are fulfilling requirements for uses of funds with the Perkins grant award or a combination of the Perkins grant award and other funds. The link below includes a video series which provides resources to support LEA's with completing their Perkins local application of funds.
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:
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)
Industry-Based Certifications (IBCs)
2020-2022 Industry-Based Certification information for Public School Accountability
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) held a series of meetings with an Industry Based Certification (IBC) advisory committee made up of representation from TWC, THECB, CTE professional organizations, workforce boards, education service centers, and school districts. The purpose of the advisory committee was to assess options related to the next IBC evaluation process, given the impact of COVID-19, and to provide recommendations on next steps. The advisory committee recommended forgoing the 2020 update to the IBC list for accountability because of pandemic-based disruptions to the workforce boards and the TEA employer partnerships. In lieu of a 2020 update, the committee recommended using this year and next (2020 and 2021) to make improvements to the process with a new list to be released in 2022.
The TEA will accept submissions of recommended industry based certifications for inclusion in the 2022 Industry Based Certifications List for Accountability from stakeholders December 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021. Use the following link to submit a recommendation:
(*please note the link will be live December 1st, 2020 through January 15, 2021)
December 2020 - January 2021
Application opens for stakeholders to submit IBCs to be considered in evaluation process (IBCs on current list do not need to apply)
Survey is distributed to a representative sample of employers from each industry sector
Collect contextual data to supplement survey data, workforce engagement comment period, and final analysis to determine industry value
Evaluate remaining criteria for IBCs that were determined to be industry valued
November 2021-January 2022
Public comment period and approve version 3 of the IBC list used for public school accountability
Implementation of new IBC list
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.
2018-2019 Industry-Based Certifications
Help Wanted Online-Employment Information for Secondary School Students
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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: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter127/index.html
Chapter 130 TEKS: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter130/index.html
The following links are about career and technical education TEKS:
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:
Debbie Wieland, Assistant Director,
Career and Technical Education
Education and Training
Hospitality and Tourism
Jennifer Bullock, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Manufacturing 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
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Laura Torres, Statewide CTE Coordinator
Career and Technical Education
College, Career, and Military Preparation Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1401
For Education Service Center Regional Support, please contact the appropriate ESC CTE Specialist included in the listing below: