Rigorous Programs of StudyThe Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) calls for states to offer “career and technical programs of study,” which may be adopted by local educational agencies and postsecondary institutions, as an option to students (and their parents as appropriate) when planning for and completing future coursework. These programs, at a minimum, must:
- Incorporate and align secondary and postsecondary education elements,
- Include academic and CTE content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses,
- Offer the opportunity, where appropriate, for secondary students to acquire postsecondary credits, and
- Lead to an industry-recognized credential or certificate at the postsecondary level, or an associate or baccalaureate degree. Each local recipient of Perkins funds must offer at least one career and technical Program of Study.
To help states and local recipients meet these requirements, the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), in collaboration with major national associations, organizations, and states, have formulated a Program of Study design framework. The framework identifies a system of 10 components that, taken together, support the development and implementation of effective programs of study. Although all 10 components are important, they are neither independent nor of equal priority: State and local program developers must identify the most pressing components for state or local adoption, taking into consideration their relative need within their educational context.
Rigorous Programs of Study Handbook (13.3 MB .pdf)
RPOS Guide (546 KB pdf)
Common Career Technical Core
The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for career and technical education that states can adopt voluntarily. The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers.
The State of Career Technical Education: An Analysis of State CTE Standards
Provides a national view on how states adopt, organize, and implement career and technical education standards at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. More information can be found on their website at www.careertech.org.
Resources for Administrators
MnSCU Program Inventory
(click on "Inventory and GoMN" link then follow instructions)
- Creating Secondary/Postsecondary Programs of Study (1.83 MB .ppt)
- How to Design a Program of Study in Minnesota- weblink
- Minnesota Career Fields, Clusters & Pathways Framework (160 KB .pdf)
- Advancing CTE Model (668 KB .pdf)