CTE State-Model Programs of Study

  • The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE), Teaching & Learning Branch has defined a model of career preparation that includes a state-led effort in CTE and the development of state-model CTE programs of study.  The DDOE has developed a series of state-model CTE programs of study that are available for LEA consideration and adoption. 

    Each state-model CTE program of study is mapped to a demand driven occupation, includes a defined course sequence and instructional outline, opportunities for students to earn college credit and an industry recognized credential, support for school administrators and counselors, and course specific professional learning opportunities for teachers. Further, all state-model CTE programs of study are developed in conjunction with representatives from business and industry, secondary and post-secondary educators, and community stakeholders.

    For LEAs interested in adopting this work, the application will need to be completed and submitted to the Department for approval in the school year prior to implementation.  For more information on the process to approve CTE programs of study, please review the CTE Policy and Procedures

  • Career Cluster Program of Study Details
    AgriScience

    The Agricultural Power and Engineering program is a three (3) course program of study that provides students with the mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles and methods required to understand dynamic power systems and metal fabrication.  Students practice real world applications, communication skills, and problem solving skills associated with dynamic power systems and metal fabrication.  Students are prepared for a variety of careers including engineering, welding technician, mechanical and industrial technician, maintenance technician, mechanical engineer, metal fabrication, CNC operator, power technology repair and troubleshooting, and green energy technologies. 

    The Agricultural Structures & Engineering program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program designed to provide students with the scientific principles and methods required to understand the interrelationships of construction.  Students practice real world applications and problem solving skills associated with agricultural designs and engineering principles.  Students utilize problem solving as well as communication skills to develop engineering concepts and building practices that are sound and reliable.  The program prepares students for a variety of careers including carpentry, engineering, architectural design, electrical, plumbing, masonry, construction framing, business management, sales, building maintenance, home improvement, and green energy technologies.

    The Environmental and Natural Resource Science (ENRS) program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program designed to provide students with the scientific principles and methods required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made, evaluate risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions.  ENRS is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study and promotes unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the topics included in the study of Environmental and Natural Resources.  The program prepares students for a variety of careers including environmental engineer, environmental science and protection technician, geological and petroleum technician, natural sciences manager, wildlife biologist, and zoologist.

    Architecture & Construction

    The Architectural Engineering Technology (AET) program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program of study that engages students in the world of construction and architecture through coursework focusing on site selection, drafting, architectural, and engineering planning, budgeting, cost estimating, production, permits, contracting, work timetables, and project management.  Students utilize strategies to solve open-ended problems while they learn how to apply technical skills, knowledge, documentation techniques, and processes using modern, industry-leading technology and software.  Work-based learning experiences and industry-mentored projects will introduce students to a wide array of careers such as architects, civil engineers, construction management, cost estimators, and drafters.  The AET program of study will lead to students earning AutoCAD and Revit certification, dual enrollment for up to 10 credits from Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), and advanced skills in product data management (PDM) and building information modeling (BIM).

    Business Information & Management

    The NAF Academy of Business Information & Management (AOBIM) program is a three (3) credit program of study that introduces students to the skills needed to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations through courses focusing on entrepreneurship, global and domestic economics, information technology, customer service and ethics.  Students gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning activities that are conducted in school, as well as outside the classroom, and a 120-hour paid summer internship.  Completion of the program is validated with a NAFTrack Certification, NAF's student certification assessment system.  AOBIM courses introduce students to a wide array of careers such as general and operations managers, purchasing managers, business operations specialists, and computer information system managers.

    Education & Training

    The Early Childhood Teacher Academy program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) program that engages students in developing a realistic understanding of early childhood while exploring the importance and impact of teachers.  Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to sustain their interest in the early childhood profession and cultivate the skills needed to be successful, thus creating a pipeline of high-quality students transitioning to the early childhood field.  Students will understand the importance and uniqueness of early childhood and participate in classroom and field experiences.  The program prepares students for a variety of careers in early childhood such as teacher, curriculum director, and administrator.

     

    The K-12 Teacher Academy program of study is a three (3) and six (6) course CTE program that prepares students for careers in elementary and secondary education. Observation opportunities in a variety of age and discipline settings, as well as special needs and non-classroom settings, provide practical experiences while enriching the learning. Students participate in a long-term placement during their senior year which allows for in-depth experiences in a classroom setting.

    Finance

    The National Academy Foundation's (NAF) Academy of Finance (AOF) program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) program that engages students with the world of financial services by focusing on banking and credit, financial planning, accounting, and insurance.  Students gain career knowledge through a series of work-based learning activities that are conducted in school and outside of the classroom, and a 120-hour paid summer internship.  Completion of the program is validated with a NAFTrack Certification, NAF's student certification assessment system.  AOF courses introduce students to a wide array of careers such as personal financial advisor, tax preparation specialist, accountant, financial analyst, loan officer, account representative, insurance agent, and claims representative.

    Health Sciences

    The Allied Health program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they study topics such as medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology.  Through exploration of the National Health Standards, students will acquire important skills necessary for healthcare professionals such as medical mathematics, communication, safety practices, legal responsibilities, and teamwork.  In addition, students will develop technical skills such as performing a wound culture, measuring vital signs, collecting a throat culture and performing a strep test.  The program prepares students for a variety of careers in healthcare such as respiratory therapist, nurse, physical therapist, dental hygienist, and medical lab technician.

    The Nurse Assisting program of study is a three (3) course CTE instructional program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they study topics such as medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology. Through exploration of the National Health Science Standards, students will acquire important skills necessary for healthcare professionals such as medical mathematics, communication, safety practices, legal responsibilities, and teamwork. In addition, students will develop technical skills such as providing personal care of the resident while taking care of their environmental needs and psychosocial needs.

    The Public & Community Health program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instruction program that engages students in a comprehensive approach to health while learning about social determinants such as poverty, discrimination, and inadequate access to resources.  Students will learn to view health from medical, behavioral, social, and environmental perspectives.  Additionally, students will discover methods for eliminating health inequities and bringing awareness to public policy to determine the distribution of resources needed for healthy communities.  Students will explore the fields of health and human services while investigating client needs, services, and the skills and attitudes required of the effective human services worker.  Through exploration of the National Health Science Standards, students will acquire important skills necessary for healthcare professionals such as medical terminology, medical mathematics, communication, safety practices, legal responsibilities, and teamwork.

    Hospitality & Tourism

    The Culinary & Hospitality Management program of study is a three (3) and six (6) course CTE program that is supported by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. ProStart® trains students on industry-specific skills that can be used in all aspects of the restaurant and hospitality industry along with the employability skills like leadership, accountability, teamwork, and responsibility. The program prepares students for careers such as Executive chef and Sous Chef, Food Service Manager, Kitchen Manager, and Line Cook.

    Information Technology The Cisco Networking Academy program of study is a six (6) course CTE program that blends the content and experiences of computer networking and computer science to help students develop a well-rounded and adaptable skill base. The program prepares students for continuing education and careers in computer networking and computer science, as well as those that may require skills in both fields.
     
    The Computer Science program of study is a three (3) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where students study computational practices such as algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems relevant to their everyday lives. The program includes the completion of two Advanced Placement courses.
    Manufacturing

    The Manufacturing Logistics Technician program of study is a two (2) year; four (4) semester CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they learn and apply manufacturing processes and use modern, industry-leading technology and software. The program prepares students for further education and careers in manufacturing and logistics. The CTE program consists of four courses that are completed on the campus of the Delaware Technical Community College. 

    The Manufacturing Production Technician program of study is a two (2) year; four (4) semester CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they learn and apply manufacturing processes and use modern, industry-leading technology and software. The program prepares students for further education and careers in manufacturing production. The CTE program consists of four courses that are completed on the campus of the Delaware Technical Community College.

     
    The Engineering byDesign (EbD) Manufacturing Engineering Technology program of study is a three (3) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they learn and apply the engineering design process, use industry-standard technology and software, and apply math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects.
     
    STEM
    The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science program of study is a three (3) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where students study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. The program prepares students for further education and careers in biomedical sciences and healthcare.
     

    The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering program of study is a three (3) and six (6) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where students learn and apply the engineering design process and use modern, industry-leading technology and software. The program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology.