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 2015-2016

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)

ALL CTE programs 

CTE Survey
Schools must update CTE program contacts
(Program Administrators, coordinators, teachers)
Please submit your updated contacts using this survey.


ALL CTE programs

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 2016-2017 school year.


All CTE programs CTE Program Manager in STARS
Schools must update CTE Program course sequences and student enrollment. For more information, review this STARS CTE Application Guide and this STARS wiki
Programs with a first graduating class in June 2016


Programs preparing for re-approval for a CTE program in SY 2015-2016

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.

Approved programs with proposed modifications in SY 2015-16

Approved Program Amendment Form
NYSED approved programs within the first 3 years of their approval period may submit program modifications
 (e.g.,changes in technical assessment, teachers, or program content) for NYC DOE review

As applicable