Program of Study Refresh Public Comment

The proposed updates to CTE programs of study align to current labor market information analysis and the changing needs of the Texas workforce. These recommended updates are based on recommendations from the CTE Programs of Study Advisory Committee comprised of educators and industry representatives which convened following CTE regional listening tours.

To preview the proposed updates, click on the Career Clusters below. The cover page for each Career Cluster will list the current programs of study names on the left and proposed name updates on the right in blue. The key on the cover page explains recommended updates to the programs of study proposed update pages. The current programs of study names are linked to the current programs of study frameworks for comparison.

The public comment period  was open from July 13, 2023, through August 14, 2023 (now closed). Based on the feedback received during the public comment period, additional updates may be made to the programs of study before they are finalized and released in fall 2023. Updates to the programs of study will be implemented beginning in the fall of the 2024-2025 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CTE team at


Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

  • Agribusiness, Leadership, and Communications (Previously: Agribusiness)
  • Animal Science
  • Agricultural Technology and Mechanical Systems (Previously:  Applied Agricultural Engineering)
  • Environmental and Natural Resources
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Plant Science

Architecture and Construction

  • Architectural Drafting and Design (Previously:  Architectural Design)
  • Carpentry
  • Construction Management and Inspection
  • Electrical
  • HVAC and Sheet Metal
  • Masonry
  • Plumbing and Pipefitting

Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications

  • Graphic Design and Interactive Media (Previously:  Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts)
  • Digital Communications

Business, Marketing, and Finance

  • Accounting and Financial Services
  • Business Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Real Estate (New)

Education and Training

  • Early Learning
  • Teaching and Training


  • Oil and Gas Exploration and Production
  • Refining and Chemical Processes
  • Renewable Energy (Previously STEM Career Cluster)

Health Science

  • Exercise Science, Wellness, and Restoration (Previously: Exercise Science and Wellness & Medical Therapy--merged)
  • Health Informatics
  • Diagnostic & Therapeutic Services (Previously: Healthcare Diagnostics & Healthcare Therapeutic--merged)
  • Nursing Science
  • Biomedical Science (Previously STEM Career Cluster)

Hospitality and Tourism

  • Culinary Arts
  • Lodging and Resort Management
  • Travel, Tourism and Attractions

Human Services

  • Family and Community Services
  • Health and Wellness

Information Technology

  • Information Technology Support and Services
  • Networking Systems
  • Web Development
  • Cybersecurity (Previously STEM Career Cluster)
  • Programming and Software Development (Previously STEM Career Cluster)

Law and Public Service

  • Fire Science (Previously: Emergency Services)
  • Government and Public Administration
  • Law Enforcement
  • Legal Studies


  • Advanced Manufacturing and Machinery Mechanics
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Welding
  • Industrial Maintenance (Regional to Statewide)

(new, previously STEM)

  • Engineering Foundations
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Civil Engineering 

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

  • Automotive and Collision Repair (Previously: Automotive)
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Commercial Drivers (Previously:  Diesel and Heavy Equipment)
  • Distribution, Logistics, and Warehousing (Previously: Distribution and Logistics
  • Pilots and Aviation Operations (Previously- Aviation, Regional to Statewide)