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.
Statewide CTE Programs of Study Public Comment
Texas Education Agency (TEA) requests preliminary public comment on
proposed Career and Technical Education (CTE) statewide programs of
study. We encourage feedback from district and campus level
administrators, CTE coordinators, CTE teachers, and counselors.
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,
high-wage careers in Texas. The proposed programs of study are scheduled
to 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). The public comment documents can be viewed by following the link below:
Statewide CTE Program of Study
Perkins V Transition Plan
On July 31, 2018, the President signed Perkins V into law. This law reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Perkins V reflects the 100-year federal commitment to CTE by providing federal support for CTE programs and focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of CTE students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education and improving accountability. The Perkins V Transition Plan for the 2019-2020 school year can be viewed by following the link below:
Perkins V Transition Plan (PDF)
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.
- 1 page documents will be created to show detailed information relating to each certification.
2019-2020 Approved Industry-Based Certifications for Public School Accountability (PDF)Industry-Based Certification 1 page resources
2018-2019 Industry-Based Certifications
Help Wanted Online-Employment
Information for Secondary School Students
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:
Chapter 127 and Chapter 130 Career and Technical Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for 2017-2018
The course crosswalks show the correlation between the 2010 adopted TEKS currently in use and the new 2015 adopted TEKS that will be implemented in 2017-2018.
The following links are about career and technical education TEKS:
Accountability: Federal, State, and Local
and Technical Education Allotment
Career and Technical Education Teacher Certificate Requirements
Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
Career Preparation and Practicum Courses
Federal and State
General Teacher Certification Information
Professional Associations for CTE Educators
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:
Academy (outside source)
New CTE Teacher Conference (outside source)
Special Populations Resources (outside
The following links are to resources for CTE courses and rules:
Decision Charts-Where to find them (PDF)
Nontraditional Courses 2017 PBMAS (PDF)
The CTE nontraditional courses on this list are also found in the 2017 PBMAS Manual (2015-2016 School Year).
Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs