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.

Announcement: 2024-2025 Programs of Study Change Crosswalk

Perkins V is federal legislation requiring states that receive federal CTE funds to align CTE programs of study to high-wage, in-demand, and high-skill occupations. In Texas’ Perkins State Plan TEA committed to reviewing programs of study every four years to ensure they continue to meet the needs of the Texas workforce. Over the past year, TEA’s CTE team engaged stakeholders in a rigorous process to refresh programs of study. The team conducted a statewide listening tour and obtained feedback from over 685 participants, then provided that feedback along with labor market information to CTE advisory committees made up of district leaders, teachers, postsecondary staff, and industry leaders. TEA published the advisory committees’ recommendations for public comment before finalizing updates.

The refreshed programs of study are now final. TEA has created the 2024-2025 Programs of Study Change Crosswalk for district leaders to use as a planning guide for the upcoming school year. The spreadsheet includes changes to the refreshed programs of study that will take effect with the 2024-25 school year as well as course level changes included in the 2023-2024 school year. The 2024-25 finalized programs of study framework documents will be posted on the website later this year.


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Programs of Study

Statewide and Regional


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Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century

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Industry-Based Certifications

IBC information for public school accountability


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The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

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CTE Professional Development

TEALearn and other opportunities

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Additional Resources

CTSOs, PEIMS, Funding, etc.


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Certifications and other information

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CTE Newsletters

Archived CTE Listservs

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CTE Contacts

Program of Study Contacts




CTE Updates



Programs of Study Change Crosswalk

CTE Course List (9/19/2023) (This list use to be out on and will now be available on the Program of Study Card)


New CTE Middle School TEKS in Career and College Exploration

At the April 2023 meeting, the SBOE adopted new CTE middle school Career and College Exploration TEKS, to be implemented beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. The Career and College Exploration TEKS can be offered to satisfy the requirement for each student to receive instruction in high school, college, and career preparation at least once in grade 7 or 8 (Texas Education Code, §28.016). The course replaces the TEKS for Investigating Career and College and Career Readiness.

Effective Date: August 1, 2023

Adopted new 19 TAC, Chapter 127, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Career Development and Career and Technical Education, Subchapter A, Middle School, §127.2, Career and College Exploration [TEKS Update PDF]


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Contact Information

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 (Word Doc, updated 11/16/2023)