Educators and Administrators

Program Approval

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. Schools interested in proposing a new CTE program of study or modifying an existing program should complete the CTE Program Proposal Request Form. For more information on program quality, review Program Approval Policies for School Year 2014-2015

Schools that successfully gain State approval can grant CTE-endorsed diplomas. CTE-endorsed diplomas are considered advanced diplomas. 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.

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Interested in proposing a new CTE program of study or modifying an existing program.

Review this guidance on start-up considerations. Then, complete this Program Proposal Request Form

 

(open for requests)

Supporting a currently approved program, seeking approval, or supporting a program in a phase-down or in a close-out school

•   Programs must submit the PAF and all supporting documents to be eligible for Vocational and Technical Education Act (VTEA) funding for the 2015-2016 school year.

Monday - 12/3/14 

Seeking approval or re-approval for a CTE program in SY 2014-15

Self-Evaluation Form (SEF)
•   The SEF includes targeted questions for each of the five Quality Indicators that will expedite review of your application. Download these two documents for the complete SEF form:Sections A, B, C plus Section D (which is the same information as the Program Accountability Form).

•   Programs must submit the SEF to be eligible for Vocational and Technical Education Act (VTEA) funding for the 2015-2016 school year.

Wednesday, 12/3/14