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 pass all high school graduation requirements, must 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, culmination in an industry-recognized assessment, college and industry partnerships, and program capacity.
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, bolster the employment prospects of graduates seeking work.
For questions, contact the Program Approval team.