What is the process to become a NYSED approved CTE program?
There are four stages to the CTE Program Approval process in NYCDOE.
- Program Proposal and development
- Self-evaluation or Self-Study of the CTE Program and submission to NYCDOE
- External Review and validation of self-study by NYCDOE
- NYSED consideration for program approval
STAGES IN THE CTE PROGRAM APPROVAL PROCESS
STAGE 1: Program Proposal and development
- Schools interested in pursuing the development of CTE programs complete and submit a Program Proposal Application (resources permitting) for consideration to open a new CTE program of study.
- The NYCDOE CTE office reviews applications and makes decisions based upon local labor market demand, and will notify accepted applications.
- Selected programs will initiate the program approval process as they begin the program planning phase.
- In this first stage of development the program is planned over the course of the year preceding the September launch date.
STAGE 2: Self-Study of the CTE Program and submission to NYC DOE
- This second stage is the most crucial part to successfully gaining program approval.
- In this stage, a school will mobilize a self‐study team and then undertake a comprehensive review of its program and complete a self‐evaluation form.
- The self‐evaluation form includes sections on Curriculum and Instruction; Work‐Based Learning; Assessment and Accountability; and Partnerships; in addition to a section of factual information and required documents.
- Once the self‐evaluation form is finalized it is submitted to the NYCDOE CTE Program Quality team for review.
STAGE 3: External Review and validation of self-study by NYC DOE
- Once the school has submitted a complete self‐evaluation form, the NYCDOC CTE Program Quality team will review the completed self‐evaluation form and supporting documents.
- In the event that the NYCDOE CTE Program Quality team is sufficiently convinced that the self-evaluation form reflects a program that is ready for a site visit, the school will be contacted by the NYC DOE CTE Program Quality team manager for their borough.
- The NYCDOE CTE Program Quality team manager and the school CTE liaison will work together to confirm a date for an external review by the CTE External review team and will develop an agenda of program of activities and meetings for the actual site visit.
- In the event of the self‐evaluation form having serious flaws or omissions, the NYCDOE CTE Program Quality team will provide clear feedback to the school on further work that will be required before a site visit can be arranged.
STAGE 4: NYSED consideration for program approval or re-approval
- Once the NYCDOE evaluation team has completed the external review evaluation visit and made its recommendations, it will forward these to NYSED to support the school’s application for approval or re-approval.
- The NYSED CTE Team conducts its own review of the approval/re-approval application, based on the data provided and then shares the results with the NYCDOE Program Quality Team.