Prior to deciding what content your CTE program will include, it would be beneficial to review NYSED information and view the brief video on the Program Content.

Federal Definition of a CTE Program of Study

●      In 2018, with the passage of Perkins V, a formal definition of a CTE program of study was developed. This definition, combined with New York State’s regulations, form the policies and procedures guiding program approval. While not all schools may directly receive Perkins funds, the federal definition is applied to all NYSED-approved CTE programs. This definition requires that all programs:

○      Incorporate challenging state academic standards

○      Address both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills which are delivered through New York’s Career and Financial Management (CFM) framework

○      Align with needs of industries in the economy of the state, region, tribal community, or local area

○      Progress in specificity (beginning with all aspects of an industry or career cluster and leading to more occupation-specific instruction)

○      Culminate in the opportunity for students to attain a recognized postsecondary credential including opportunities for college credit, advanced standing, industry certifications, licensure, and collegiate degrees in the career area

○      Provide multiple entry and exit points along the career and technical education continuum

Standards for Curriculum Alignment

Career and Financial Management

  • Career and Financial Management (CFM) is a requirement of all NYSED approved CTE programs. CFM provides students with the career and life skills needed for success beyond high school. The Career and Financial Management framework was updated in 2018.
  • CFM
    • Must be included in all NYSED-approved CTE programs
    • Must provide a minimum of one half-unit of credit, which is equivalent to one New York City credit
    • Can be delivered as either a stand-alone course or the content can be embedded throughout a CTE program of study
      • If CFM is embedded in the CTE curriculum, you will need to complete a CFM crosswalk that aligns CTE course content with the eight modules in Career Management and the eight modules in Financial Management. You may use this template.
      • Also be sure that CFM content is included in your curriculum maps.
    • CFM Resource Guide: This guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the CFM Curriculum Framework. The guide provides teachers with additional resources for the planning, delivery, and assessment of Career and Financial Management.

Integrated and Specialized Academics

Prior to identifying and documenting integrated and specialized units of credit on the application, visit the Integrated and Specialized Academics webpage, which includes information and a brief video comparing integrated and specialized units of credit. Crosswalk templates are provided at the bottom of the Integrated and Specialized Academics page.

Other Considerations - Program Content

  • CTE programs must be accessible to all students, including students with disabilities, English language learners, and any other special populations as defined in Perkins V legislation.
  • Supports must be in place to assist students where necessary.
  • Curriculum maps and crosswalks for NYSED approved CTE programs must be created and maintained in a digital format.
  • These electronic documents must be submitted for review if requested by the NYSED associate reviewing the program application.
  • Some program areas may have additional content-specific considerations that have not been addressed in this discussion
  • For further information about content-specific requirements, please visit the NYSED CTE webpage for a link to each CTE content area and/or the appropriate content area associate.

Tips for Success – Program Content

  • The proposed CTE program of study is comprised of at least:

    • 0 units of CTE content to create a meaningful learning strand of courses

    • .5 unit of credit for Career and Financial Management (CFM)

    • 0 credits in NYC

    • If CFM is embedded in CTE courses, the minimum of CTE content is 3.5 units

  • Foundational coursework leads to more advanced coursework (courses increase in specificity)

  • Lessons in one course are not duplicated in other courses within the CTE program of study

  • Courses demonstrate rigor for college and career readiness. Consult with post-secondary and industry partners as you develop and review curriculum content. This will ensure that post-secondary articulation agreements and employment opportunities will be available for students.

Resources – Program Content