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. For more information on program quality, review 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… Please use  Submit by 
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.
Monday - 10/28/13

Feedback back to schools: 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)

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.

Monday – 11/18/13 

Feedback back to schools: 
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
•    Denied Program Proposal Applications can be revised and resubmitted. PPAs not accepted after resubmission will be considered closed for SY2014-15
Monday, 12/9/13

Feedback back to schools: 

Thursday, 1/16/14