The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has established a program approval process for secondary CTE programs in high schools and BOCES to maintain high-quality instructional programs and meet the program of study requirements of Perkins V legislation.  


There are several advantages to becoming a CTE Approved Program

For Students
  • More challenging and relevant learning
  • Acquire technical skills directly relating to the workplace
  • Better prepared to adapt to changing workforce
  • Employability profile documenting competencies
  • Demonstrated proficiency through an industry assessment
  • Eligible to use (4+1) diploma pathway
  • Earn a technical endorsement on HS diploma
  • Engage in work-based learning
  • Opportunity to earn college credit or advanced standing
  • Career ready as well as college-ready 
For Schools
  • More engaging instruction
  • High-quality programs endorsed by stakeholders
  • More students meeting highest state high school accountability standards
  • Community Connection
  • Greater staff collaboration toward a common goal
  • Part of eligibility to access Perkins funds

The program approval process includes several steps at the local level in preparation for applying to the NYSED Office of Career and Technical Education. Approval is for five years, after which agencies must apply for program re-approval.

The Office of Career and Technical Education has published several videos and references to understand the required steps and procedures of the approval process. The Technical Assistance Center has developed several resources and best practices on how to conduct and implement an effective program approval.