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Programs of Study

A program of study is defined in Section 3(41) of Perkins V as:
“. . . a coordinated, nonduplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that—
(A) incorporates challenging State academic standards, including those adopted by a State under section
1111(b)(1) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965;
(B) addresses both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills;
(C) is aligned with the needs of industries in the economy of the State, region, Tribal community, or local area;
(D) progresses in specificity (beginning with all aspects of an industry or career cluster and leading to more occupation-specific instruction);
(E) has multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing; and
(F) culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential.”

In addition to the requirements outlined in Section 3(41) of Perkins V, Florida’s programs of study are comprised of secondary and postsecondary programs that:

  • meet the requirements of the relevant CTE curriculum frameworks;
  • meet FDOE’s size, scope and quality criteria;
  • are seamlessly aligned through coordinated, non-duplicative sequences of academic and technical content that progress in specificity;
  • offer at least one opportunity within the program of study for accelerated credit through:
    • dual enrollment;
    • local or statewide articulation agreement;
    • integrated academic courses that include accelerated credit, such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE); or a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) completed prior to the student graduating from high school;
  • are coordinated by an advisory council that includes, at a minimum, representatives from secondary, postsecondary and business and industry; and
  • optionally, include aligned middle school CTE programs or allow middle school students to take high school-level CTE programs early.

Programs of Study Resources

Program of Study Requirements and Template

Program Alignment

  • Programs of Study Alignment Matrix (Excel) (5/14/2021) This Excel file shows the alignment between related programs at the secondary, clock hour, and college credit level. This is not an exhaustive list and agencies are encouraged to develop additional program alignments.

Expanding Secondary Enrollment in Programs of Study

Quality Assessment and Support

Accelerated Credit Opportunities

CTE Program Resources

Labor Market Information