Core Values & Belief Statement

Delaware Department of Education

Career & Technical Education Core Values

Value & Responsibility
– we strive to continuously improve all aspects of our work 
and create value for our customers, stakeholders, and students.

Shared Leadership & Accountability
– we model leadership by taking actions that
are ethical 
and reasonable to create shared accountability amongst stakeholders.

Collaboration & Expectation
– we value the input and contribution of all 
stakeholders and work collaboratively to exceed expectations.

Communication & Public Responsibility
– we communicate through clear and 
concise methods to engage the public and accelerate our work.

The Delaware Department of Education, Teaching and Learning Branch has defined a model of career preparation that includes a state-led effort in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and the development of statewide CTE programs of study in demand driven occupations.  Each CTE program of study seamlessly aligns academic and technical instruction to meet the prerequisite expectations of employers and ensures that every child has the opportunity to continue their education and seek career success.  This work is guided by three key principles and the belief that CTE programs of study:


Prepare students for career success and post-secondary education.
The terms “career ready” and “college ready” are synonymous.  In order to earn a livable wage in today’s economy all students must possess a credential beyond a high school diploma and be prepared to continue their education in the form of two- and/or four-year college, certification programs, apprenticeship, formal job training, or military service.  CTE programs of study align academic and technical knowledge at the secondary and post-secondary levels by creating multiple entry and exit points for students to pursue a career and continue their education.  Students who complete a CTE program of study have the opportunity to earn an industry recognized credential and continue their education while simultaneously engaging with employers to familiarize themselves with the culture of work.

Align with workforce needs and are developed in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
A dynamic workforce development system begins in the K-12 setting and involves established relationships with state agencies, service providers, business representatives, and institutions of higher education.  These partners play a vital role in aligning education and training programs to ensure that students and adults can move efficiently into employment.  The Department partners with a variety of stakeholders, including business associations and institutions of higher education, to continuously improve Delaware’s career preparation system and to guide the development and implementation of CTE programs of study that are responsive to the changing workforce needs.  CTE programs of study establish a direct link between the public education system, post-secondary education, and changes in regional employment demand and supply. 

Improve student achievement by connecting academic and career success measures.
Programs of study measure student achievement in academic and technical areas and promote employability skills.  They produce higher levels of student achievement by defining a rigorous technical and academic course sequence at the secondary and post-secondary levels that relates to a student’s career aspirations.  Further, CTE programs of study provide a context for students to apply knowledge and career ready practices through project and problem-based learning that is authentic and reflects real-world application.  The Department, local education agencies, and post-secondary institutions collect and use these data to drive a process of continuous program improvement, including making decisions regarding the viability of existing programs.  State and local outcome data serve as a means of benchmarking program of study performance, closing achievement gaps, and ensuring every student becomes career and college ready.