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.

Perkins Application Training Videos Link 

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

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)

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.

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

2018-2019 Industry-Based Certifications 

Industry Certifications HB 2729 (PDF)

Prior 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: 

Currently In Effect 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:

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  (PDF)
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

Jennifer Bullock, Statewide CTE Coordinator 
Biomedical Science

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