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CTE Programs of Study & Perkins V


AGRICULTURE, FOOD, AND NATURAL RESOURCES – focuses on the essential elements of life—food, water, land, and air

    • Animal Science
    • Applied Agricultural Engineering

ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION – focuses on designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining the built environment

    • Carpentry
    • Electrical

ARTS, A/V TECHNOLOGY, AND COMMUNICATIONS – focuses on careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services

    • Digital Communications
    • Design and Multimedia Arts

BUSINESS, MARKETING, AND FINANCE – focuses on careers in planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations

    • Accounting and Financial Services
    • Business Management

EDUCATION AND TRAINING – prepares CTE learners for careers related to teaching, instruction, and creation of instructional and enrichment materials

    • Early Learning
    • Teaching and Training

HEALTH SCIENCE – focuses on planning, managing, and providing therapeutic services, diagnostics services, health informatics, support services, and biotechnology research and development

    • Healthcare Therapeutic


    • Culinary Arts

HUMAN SERVICES – focuses on preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care services, and consumer services

    • Family and Community Services
    • Cosmetology

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY – focuses on building linkages in IT occupations for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services

    • Networking Systems (coming in 2023-24)

MANUFACTURING – study focuses on the development and use of automatic and computer-controlled machines, tools, and robots that perform work on metal or plastic

    • Welding

SCIENCE, TECNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH (STEM) – focuses on planning, managing, and providing, scientific research and professional and technical services, including laboratory and testing services, and research and development services

    • Cybersecurity
    • Engineering
    • Programming and Software Development

TRANSPORTATION, DISTRIBUTION, AND LOGISTICS – teaches CTE learners how to repair and refinish automobiles and service various types of vehicles

    • Automotive
    • Drones


Perkins V – Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act

On July 31, 2018, the president signed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) into Law.  Perkins V includes key changes that will impact the implementation of CTE programs, such as an added emphasis on programs of study, the addition of a Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment, and the introduction of new program quality indicators.  The Texas Perkins V four-year state plan, covering all of the requirements of the Act, will be submitted to the US Department of Education upon approval by the Governor and State Board of Education in spring 2020.