Program of Study, Career Clusters, and Career Pathways
Program of Study
Under Perkins V, local education agencies and postsecondary institutions should offer more than one program of study that: A) incorporates challenging State academic standards; B) addresses both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills; C) is aligned with the needs of industries in the economy of the State, region, Tribal community, or local area; D) progresses in specificity (beginning with all aspects of an industry or career cluster and leading to more occupation-specific instruction); E) has multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing; and F) culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.
The resources below are to support Program of Study and are not required for any OSPI submission.
- Program of Study Agriculture Sciences Example
- Program of Study Fillable/Blank Agricultural Sciences Form
Business & Marketing
- Program of Study Business & Marketing Example
- Program of Study Fillable/Blank Business & Marketing Form
Family & Consumer Sciences
- Program of Study Family & Consumer Sciences Example
- Program of Study Fillable/Blank Family & Consumer Sciences Form
Skilled & Technical Sciences
- Program of Study Skilled & Technical Sciences Example
- Program of Study Fillable/Blank Skilled & Technical Sciences Form
CTE classes fall into one of 16 "career clusters." A career cluster is a group of jobs and industries that are related by skills or products. Within each cluster, there are "cluster pathways" that correspond to a collection of courses and training opportunities to prepare students for a chosen career. The 16 clusters were established at the national level by the States' Career Clusters Initiative and are recognizable across the United States in middle schools, high schools, community and technical colleges, and the workforce. Each cluster has a page on this Web site and each contains information on careers, affiliated student leadership organizations, education and training options for high school graduates after high school, and other related student resources.