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CTE Content Areas

Program Content

CR 100.5(6)(iv)(a)(2)(i) a technical and academic curriculum that achieves the commencement level of the appropriate New York State learning standards for all courses in the career and technical education program, including integrated and/or specialized English, mathematics, science, economics and government, and faculty with State certification in appropriate academic and/or technical subjects; 


  1. Technical curriculum—CTE coursework which prepares students for employment opportunities and further study in the specific career area 
  2. Academic curriculum—Academic coursework in the area of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies  
  3. Commencement level standards—State learning standards and state assessments that reflect the knowledge, skills, and understandings all students are expected to know and be able to demonstrate upon receiving a high school diploma
  4. Integrated and/or specialized coursework—see integrated and specialized academics
  5. Faculty with appropriate state certification—see program faculty


Content Requirements for a Secondary NYSED-Approved CTE Program 

  • Program content must include a minimum of 3.5 units of credit of CTE coursework, inclusive of a ½ unit of credit of Career and Financial Management, that aligns with the federal definition of a program of study.  
  • The program must align to the New York State CDOS standards, appropriate New York State Standards, and industry standards.  

Some program areas may have additional content-specific considerations that have not been addressed in this resource. For example, health sciences programs must provide a minimum of 4 units of credit; 2 units of health sciences core, 1 unit of content-specific theory, and 1 unit of supervised clinical in the work-related healthcare setting. For further information about content-specific requirements, please visit the appropriate CTE content area page or contact the appropriate content area associate


Federal Definition of a Program of Study

Perkins V defines the elements necessary to form a program of study. This definition, combined with New York State’s regulations, inform the policies and procedures guiding program approval. While not all schools may directly receive Perkins funds, the federal definition is applied to all NYSED-approved CTE programs. This definition requires that all programs:

  • Incorporate challenging state academic standards 
  • Address both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills which are delivered through New York’s Career and Financial Management (CFM) framework
  • Align with needs of industries in the economy of the state, region, tribal community, or local area 
  • Progress in specificity (beginning with all aspects of an industry or career cluster and leading to more occupation-specific instruction) 
  • Culminate in the opportunity for students to attain a recognized postsecondary credential including opportunities for college credit, advanced standing, industry certifications, licensure, and collegiate degrees in the career area) 
  • Provide multiple entry and exit points along the career and technical education continuum


Standards for Curriculum Alignment 

New York State Standards
Industry Standards

Below is a list of industry standards that may be used when developing program content for a secondary NYSED-approved CTE program. This is a non-exhaustive list; there may be other appropriate standards that are not mentioned. Please note that technical assessment blueprints are not considered industry standards. 

All Career Cluster Areas 

Arts, AV Technology & Communications 

Education and Training 


Submission of standard crosswalks is not a routine requirement for program approval; however, applicants should be prepared to submit crosswalks if requested as part of the program review. 


Career and Financial Management 

Career and Financial Management (CFM) provides students with the necessary career and life skills for success beyond high school.  

Career and Financial Management: 

  • Must be included in all secondary NYSED-approved CTE programs.
  • Must include the sixteen themes identified in the Career and Financial Management framework
  • Can be delivered as either a stand-alone course or can be embedded throughout the content of a CTE program. The method in which CFM curriculum is delivered is local discretion. 
    • If CFM is delivered as a stand-alone course, it must be a minimum of ½ unit of credit (equivalent to 1 NYC credit) and reported using SCED code 72211.
    • If CFM is delivered as embedded content, then CFM would not be identified and reported as a separate course, the time spent on CFM content would be included throughout the program. A crosswalk demonstrating where the sixteen themes are addressed in the program of study should be completed. Applicants should be prepared to submit a CFM crosswalk if requested as part of the program review. 
  • Regardless of how CFM is delivered, the program must provide a minimum of 3.5 CTE credits. Below is an example of how this may look in the program application.  
CFM delivered as a stand-alone course  CFM delivered as embedded content 

Agriculture Program 

  • Introduction to Agriculture, 1 credit, SCED 18001 
  • Animal Science, 1 credit, SCED 18101 
  • Plant Science, 1 credit, SCED 18051 
  • CFM, ½ credit, SCED 72211 

Total 3.5 credits  

Agriculture Program  

  • Agriculture Comprehensive, 3.5 credits, SCED 18002 

Total 3.5 credits 


Integrated and Specialized Academics

Integrated and specialized academics in a secondary NYSED-approved CTE program is optional. If incorporating integrated or specialized academics, the appropriate New York State academic standards must be used. Please see integrated and specialized academics webpage for more information. 





These templates are intended to serve as a guide/example and may be used at the district’s discretion. Districts are not required to use these templates and are welcome to develop their own instruments that align with the components and practices outlined above.