All Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are required to pursue and secure New York State Education Department (NYSED) approval as a high-quality program. Upon successful state approval, schools can issue CTE endorsements and are eligible to apply for supplemental federal funding. To earn a CTE endorsement on a diploma, students must fulfill all high school graduation requirements, take and pass the CTE course sequence, participate in work-based learning activities, and pass the technical assessment.
The process of program approval compels schools to demonstrate excellence on a series of quality indicators, including curriculum, work-based learning, attainment of an industry-recognized assessment, college and industry partnerships, and program capacity. For more information on program quality, review the Program Approval Policies for School Year 2013-2014.
Schools that successfully gain State approval can grant CTE-endorsed diplomas. CTE-endorsed diplomas are considered advanced diplomas, bolstering a school’s standing on the annual Progress Report. Student attainment of industry-recognized credentials, such as A+ Computer Repair or Adobe Illustrator, bolsters the employment prospects of graduates seeking work.
For questions, please contact the Program Approval team.
| If you are...
|Supporting a currently approved program, seeking approval, or supporting a program in a phase-down or in a close-out school, and DID submit a SEF in SY2012-13
||Program Accountability Form (PAF)
Programs must submit the PAF and all supporting documents to be eligible for Vocational and Technical Education Act (VTEA) funding for the 2014-2015 school year
Email to CTE Program Quality team by Monday - 10/28/13
Schools will receive feedback by Wednesday - 11/27/13
|Seeking approval or re-approval for a CTE program in SY2013-14, but did not complete a Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) in SY 2012-13
||Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) Part A, B, C
and Self-Evaluation Form Part D
The SEF includes targeted questions for each of the five Quality Indicators that will expedite review of your application
|Email to CTE Program Quality team by Monday – 11/18/13
Schools will receive feedback by: Friday - 12/13/13
|Proposing a new CTE program and planning to apply for DOE-controlled funds and NYSED program approval
||Program Proposal Application (PPA)
• Accepted Program Proposal Applications will qualify for VTEA application process and become eligible for start-up funding
• Applications can be revised and resubmitted. PPAs not accepted after resubmission will be considered closed for SY2014-15
Email to CTE Program Quality team by Monday, 12/9/13
Schools will receive feedback by: