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Texas Education Agency

Texas Career & Technical Education (CTE) News

September 20, 2021

Career and Technical Education Innovative Course Application Committees

The Texas Education Agency is using the 2021 innovative course application process to encourage CTE stakeholders to create courses in identified gap areas to facilitate course availability for the 2022 – 2023 school year. TEA encourages organizations to build a committee to develop innovative courses included on the following list:

Innovative Course (TBD)

CTE Team Contact

Teaching Strategies for Special Populations


Practicum in Energy


Advanced Instrumentation and Electrical


Imaging Technology II


Dental Equipment and Procedures


Occupational Therapy I


Occupational Therapy II


Physical Therapy II


Radiation Therapy I


Radiation Therapy II


Advanced Nutrition and Dietetics


IT Troubleshooting


Aviation Maintenance


Individuals interested in leading committee work are encouraged to let TEA know. Individuals who are interested in working on a course or courses, but not in a leadership capacity can also let TEA know and TEA can help facilitate the formation of committees. Please indicate interest in either role by responding to the email address provided. Please respond with the following information:

  1. Name of the course(s) of interest
  2. First and last name
  3. Contact information, email address and phone number
  4. Industry experience and/or current position

Dates and Deadlines:

  1. Please indicate interest to participate in the innovative course process by September 28, 2021
  2. Application opens - October 2021
  3. Application pre-submission review – December 2021
  4. Application deadline – January 2022

Regional Programs of Study

TEA will consider new regional programs of study this fall. To begin the process of submitting a program of study for review, interested ESCs or LEAs must email the TEA CTE Statewide Coordinator who supports the aligned career cluster between October 5, 2021 and October 25th. Contact information for each Coordinator can be found on the TEA CTE website.   

Email indicating interest must include:  

  1. The name of the proposed regional program of study
  2. The CTE courses included in proposed regional program of study
  3. The in-demand high-wage occupations used to justify the proposed regional program of study

Coordinators will respond with application materials for eligible programs of study. Completed applications are due to TEA on November 1, 2021. Only one application for a regional program of study in an ESC region is needed. If the application is approved, all the LEAs in that ESC region may implement the regional program of study. LEAs should collaborate with their ESC CTE Specialist on regional program of study proposals to avoid duplication of efforts. ESC CTE Specialists can coordinate with LEAs and submit the application for LEAs in their region.

Note: If seeking approval for a regional program of study that is already approved in another region or regions (listed here) only the courses listed in the currently approved regional program of study can be used.