Career/Technical Education: Districts/High Schools Required to Provide CTE Progr

Career/Technical Education: Districts/High Schools Required to Provide CTE Progr

Ten states do not require career and technical education programs to be offered. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia require districts/high schools to provide career and technical education programs. Information was not available for the remaining three states.

Why does it matter?

  • Alternative curriculum pathways both decrease dropout rates and assure that more of our youth are prepared for a more productive and fulfilling adulthood.
  • Methodology: This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations, and will be updated as new policies are enacted.

    Last updated: June 2008

    Research conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth for questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or

Districts/high schools required to provide CTE program
Alabama Yes
Alaska Yes. At its December 2007 meeting, the state board of education approved regulations for the Work Ready/College Ready Initiative. Districts must implement the program in the 2009-2010 school year.
Arizona Yes
Arkansas Yes, nine units of career and technical education.
California Yes, the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12 must offer courses in Applied Arts and Career Technical Education courses. In addition, the governing board of the local schools must adopt alternative means for pupils to complete the prescribed academic graduation requirements which may include career technical education courses in high school.
Colorado No
Connecticut Yes
Delaware Yes
District of Columbia Yes
Florida Yes
Georgia Yes
Hawaii Yes
Idaho No
Illinois Yes
Indiana Yes
Iowa No
Kansas No, it is a local decision. However, districts can receive weighted state funding for delivering approved career and technical education courses.
Kentucky Yes
Louisiana Yes. Each high school is to offer not less than one vocational major program. Schools are encouraged to offer several programs from which students may choose.

By the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year or as soon as funding is available, any eligible student age 16-21 must have the opportunity to be simultaneously enrolled in high school and in a technical training program at a community or technical college, in addition to any other available option. 
Maine No. However, a locally-set standard for student performance (as asessed as part of the local assessment system) in applied technology is a requirement for graduation.
Maryland Yes
Massachusetts No. Curriculum and graduation requirements are set by local boards of education.
Michigan Yes
Minnesota No. All public school districts must develop local standards and assessments, and must offer programming either locally or collaboratively so that students can meet those standards and assessments.
Mississippi Yes
Missouri Yes
Montana Yes
Nebraska Yes
Nevada Yes
New Hampshire No information available
New Jersey No
New Mexico Yes
New York Yes
North Carolina No information available
North Dakota Yes, all high schools must offer two credits of CTE to be accredited.
Ohio Yes
Oklahoma Yes
Oregon No
Pennsylvania No
Rhode Island No. However, all of the districts do offer career and technical education courses.
South Carolina Yes
South Dakota Yes
Tennessee Yes
Texas Yes, districts must offer courses selected from at least three career and technical education areas.
Utah Yes
Vermont Yes
Virginia Yes, all districts must offer a minimum of three programs in career and technical education.
Washington Yes
West Virginia Yes
Wisconsin No information available
Wyoming Yes

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