Resources for Developing and Implementing Programs of Study

Resources for Developing and Implementing Programs of Study

U.S. Department of Education, 2010

Toolkit Purpose 

The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) envisions that all students will achieve challenging academic and technical standards and be prepared for high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in current or emerging professions in the 21st century global economy. To this end, Perkins IV requires States to offer programs of study (POS) comprised of academic, career, and technical content that prepares students to make successful transitions to postsecondary education and the workplace. In order to guide Local Education Agencies in the development of rigorous programs of study, OCTAE created a Programs of Study Design Framework, which has been validated nationally by education and industry stakeholders and "sets the bar" for rigorous career and technical education.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education
Intended Audience 
Local Education Agency Partnerships consisting of secondary and postsecondary education, employers, and workforce development organizations
Career Pathways Target Population 
Students transitioning between secondary and postsecondary education levels
Based On 
OCTAE launched the Promoting Rigorous Career and Technical Education Programs of Study (RPOS) discretionary grant program to facilitate the implementation of career and technical education POS at the State level using the Programs of Study Design Framework.
Summary of Toolkit Approach 

This page provides resources which offer a blueprint for establishing rigorous programs of study:

- OCTAE’s Programs of Study Design Framework identifies 10 key components and corresponding subcomponents that, taken together, support the development and implementation of effective programs of study; and

- Local Implementation and Self-Assessment Tools provide a readiness assessment as well as sample documents on topics such as Professional Development and Credit Transfer Agreements.

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