CTE Additional Resources

Related Links

The following links are about career and technical education:

Accountability: Federal, State, and Local

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.

Special Populations Resources (outside source)


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

CTE Courses for Academic Credit


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

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