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Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Middle School CTE Programs

Overview of Middle School CTE

Career and Technical Education courses are available to students in grades 6 through 8. These courses allow middle school students to explore career education options as they prepare for high school and postsecondary education. Career and Technical Education courses are available in a wide variety of career clusters, including the following.

Career and Technical Education Career Clusters
Agribusiness and Natural Resources Engineering and Technology Education
Health Science Information Technology
Hospitality and Tourism  

Career-Themed Courses and Industry Certifications

Career-themed courses refer to any courses that integrate an industry certification into the classroom curriculum. Industry certifications are nationally recognized credentials that students earn as a result of the instruction in the career-themed course.

Some middle schools offer industry certifications as part of their Information Technology courses.

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High School CTE Programs

Overview of High School CTE

Career and Technical Education courses are available to students in all district high schools. These courses allow high school students to pursue career education options in depth as they prepare for postsecondary education. There is a wide variety of Career and Technical Education courses in a wide variety of career clusters, including the following.

Career Clusters
Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Hospitality and Tourism
Architecture and Construction Human Services
Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication Information Technology
Business Management and Administration Law, Public Safety, and Security
Education and Training Manufacturing
Engineering and Technology Education Marketing, Sales, and Services
Finance Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics
Health Science

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)

Students in CTE programs can participate in CTSOs, which are co-curricular activities that students can take place in at the school, regional, state and/or national level. The middle school and high school CTSOs may include the following.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)
DECA (Marketing Education) Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Future Farmers of America (FFA) SkillsUSA (Industrial Education)
Florida Future Educators of America (FFEA) Technology Student of America (TSA)

Career Dual Enrollment

Career dual enrollment is an option for secondary students to earn postsecondary credit while still in a high school Career and Technical Education program. Students will receive a technical college credit for each passed course that will count towards his or her high school diploma. There is no cost to students, as tuition, registration and instructional materials are provided. Students receive both high school credit toward graduation and credit toward a postsecondary adult technical program.

Career and Technical Education Course Substitutions

The Florida Department of Education has a variety of rules that allow Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses to provide a waiver or substitution for high school graduation requirements.

  1. Online Course Requirement: Students who pass specified Information Technology Courses and earn specific industry certifications can satisfy the online course requirement.
  2. ESE Course Substitutions: Students with exceptional needs who pass specified, aligned CTE courses may substitute those courses for a core academic course in math (except Algebra 1 or Geometry), science (except Biology 1), or English 4.
  3. Industry Certification Substitutions: Students who pass an industry certification(s) which has a statewide articulation agreement may waive math (except Algebra 1 or Geometry) or science (except Biology 1) courses.
  4. Practical Arts Requirement: Students who pass specific CTE courses may meet the practical arts graduation requirement.
  5. Equally Rigorous Course: Students who pass specific CTE courses may automatically satisfy a science graduation requirement (except for Biology 1).

Career-Themed Courses and Industry Certifications

Career-Themed courses refer to courses that integrate an industry certification into the classroom curriculum. Industry Certifications are nationally recognized credentials that students earn because of the instruction in the career-themed course.

Career and Technical Education Concentrators

A student who completes a series of three CTE courses within a career cluster is classified as a concentrator, which is documented on the student’s high school transcript.

Occupational Completion Points

Students completing a secondary occupational completion point are eligible to enter the postsecondary technical college at the next occupational completion point level within the corresponding program of study.

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