- Santa Barbara County Education Office
- CTE Resources
If you are thinking about opening a new CTE pathway at your school, there are several things you should consider.
1. Does the teacher hold the proper Designated or Single Subject CTE Credential for the industry sector and pathway they are teaching, will be teaching, or want to teach?
2. Does the sequence of courses align to a specific industry sector and pathway?
3. Does the sequence of courses have a CTE standards alignment in the curriculum?
4. Does the sequence of courses have a CTE CALPADS code assigned to it?
5. Does the sequence of courses meet the following objective of all CTE pathways in your regional economy: "High Wage, High Demand, High Skill careers that lead to self-sufficiency"?
6. Have you formed an Advisory Committee and done market research to determine if this pathway is right for your region?
7. Do you have enough student interest? You'll need 100-150 students to indicate they are interested. Then you need at least 70 students to choose the course on the course selection sheet. With scheduling conflicts, that should give you about 35 students to fill a class.35 students in the year one class means you will probably be running a capstone course of no more than 20 students. Can you afford to do this?
8. Consider how many pathways you already have at the school. At a certain point, competition between pathways for students can get difficult.
If the answer to all of these questions is YES then you can most likely make the CTE pathway happen. Otherwise, the course you may be thinking about offering would be an elective. Not every elective is a CTE pathway or course - nor should it be!
Programs of Study
Consist of an intentional sequence of specialized courses;
Link secondary and postsecondary education;
Integrate challenging academic and technical instruction;
Include dual credit opportunities;
Lead to an industry-recognized credential, certificate or degree