NY CTE Introduction to Program Approval
New York State CTE Program Approval Resource Guide:
A resource to walk schools and districts through the CTE Program Approval process.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs provide academic and technical instruction in the content areas of agriculture, business and marketing, family and consumer sciences, health occupations, trade and technical education, and/or technology education. CTE programs approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) allow students to earn at least 3.5 credits in focused and rigorous courses that form a cohesive concentration.
The purpose of the New York State Career and Technology Education Program Approval Resource Guide is to support your school and district in the early stages of developing and preparing to approve/re-approve a NYSED Approved CTE Program. This Resource Guide is a supplement to the Implementation Guide to CTE Program Approval from NYSED and follows the same outline. It provides resources, tools, and a planning process to support effective and efficient development of the program and completion of the application process. The Implementation Guide identifies the core components required to complete the approval process and demonstrate sustainability. The local, internal (self-study) and external reviews are designed to be an honest assessment of a CTE program’s level of rigor and relevance in ensuring students become college and career ready.
This CTE Program Approval Resource Guide provides a brief explanation of each criterion in the NYSED CTE program approval process followed by a list of resources, required elements to meet the criterion, and examples. Resources and examples are drawn from NYSED, the CTE Technical Assistance Center, and best practices from approved programs throughout the state. They are meant to serve as examples, not as official or required documentation. Each program should prepare its own documentation based on local practices, resources, culture, and support. The entire process is expected to take about 6-12 months, with NYSED recommending that programs submit their applications in the Fall or Winter for quickest review.
Both the CTE Technical Assistance Center and the staff of the NYSED CTE Unit are available to answer questions in support of your application process. Contact a Field Team Associate from the CTE Technical Assistance Center in your region to help you through the Program Approval process.
The Resource Guide contains the following sections: