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 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.

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 schoolProgram 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 2015-2016 school year.
Monday - 12/3/14 

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