CTE Newsletter for September 2023

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Texas Education Agency

September 15, 2023

Texas Career and Technical Education (CTE) News


CTE Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) Updates

New Occupational Safety and Health TEKS

The State Board of Education (SBOE) adopted new TEKS in occupational safety and health in June 2023. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) must embed the new TEKS into the following courses beginning with the 2023-2024 school year:  

  • Construction Technology I  
  • Electrical Technology I  
  • Plumbing Technology I  
  • HVAC Technology I  
  • Masonry Technology I  
  • Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Technology  
  • Welding I  
  • Metal Fabrication and Machining I  
  • Oil and Gas Production II 
  • Introduction to Culinary Arts  

The new occupational safety and health TEKS became effective on September 10, 2023. To view the new TEKS, visit 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §127.17, Career and Technical Education Standards in Occupational Safety and Health, Adopted 2023 


Proposed New Career Preparation and Entrepreneurship TEKS

At the August-September 2023 meeting, the State Board of Education approved for first reading and filing authorization proposed new TEKS for a set of high school courses in career preparation and entrepreneurship, including: 

  • Career Preparation I 
  • Career Preparation II 
  • Extended Career Preparation 
  • Career and Technical Education Project-Based Capstone 
  • Entrepreneurship I 
  • Entrepreneurship II 
  • Practicum of Entrepreneurship 
  • Extended Practicum of Entrepreneurship.  

The official public comment period for the proposed new TEKS will open on October 6, 2023, and close on November 10, 2023. 

To view the proposed revisions and submit public comments once the public comment period opens on October 6, visit http://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Laws_and_Rules/SBOE_Rules_(TAC)/Proposed_State_Board_of_Education_Rules/ 


Draft Recommendations for Proposed New CTE TEKS

Recommendations for revisions to the CTE TEKS for a set of courses from the agribusiness, animal science, plant science, and aviation maintenance programs of study, and two CTE courses that satisfy a science graduation requirement are now available for review and feedback on the TEA website. The courses include the following: 


  • Agribusiness Management and Marketing 
  • Agriculture Leadership, Research, and Communications 
  • Extended Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 
  • Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 
  • Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources 
  • Professional Standards in Agribusiness 

Animal Science 

  • Advanced Animal Science 
  • Equine Science 
  • Livestock Production 
  • Small Animal Management 
  • Veterinary Medical Applications 

Plant Science 

  • Advanced Floral Design 
  • Advanced Plant and Soil Science 
  • Floral Design 
  • Greenhouse Operation and Production 
  • Horticulture Science 
  • Viticulture 

Aviation Maintenance 

  • Aircraft Airframe Technology 
  • Aircraft Powerplant Technology 
  • Aviation Maintenance 
  • Introduction to Aircraft Technology 

CTE Courses that Satisfy a Science Graduation Requirement 

  • Principles of Technology 
  • Scientific Research and Design 

The proposed new TEKS are scheduled to be presented for discussion at the November 2023 SBOE meeting.  

The draft recommendation documents are available on the 2023 CTE TEKS Review webpage. When providing specific comments and recommendations, please identify the program of study or course(s) in the subject line of the email. For example, in the subject line, please indicate "Animal Science CTE TEKS Review." Please submit comments to TEA at teks@tea.texas.gov. 

Feedback from educators across the state is critical to the TEKS review and revision process. Please share this information with anyone you know who may be interested. 

The Refreshed CTE 101 Course is Now Available in TEALearn

CTE 101 has been refreshed to reflect current legislation and best practices in career and technical education. This course is designed for both new and experienced CTE administrators and counselors, providing insights regarding Perkins V legislation, labor market information, programs of study, and industry-based certifications. Aligning your CTE program with local workforce demands and building strong partnerships creates valuable opportunities for your students and community. 

Enroll in CTE 101 today and unlock the full potential of CTE in Texas by developing programs that prepare students for success in the 21st-century workforce.

Texas CTE Photo Library

TEA invites CTE programs to contribute to a new CTE Photo Library. Help us celebrate CTE students and teachers and promote CTE across the state! To participate, please share photos that: 

  • raise awareness and build interest in CTE in Texas;
  • showcase high-quality programs;
  • enhance opportunities for students to shine; and  
  • ignite a passion for CTE learning. 

The photos from the CTE Photo Library will be used for TEA CTE publications including program of study framework documents, CTE toolkits, the CTE website, and future CTE projects.
Photo release documents and other information are located here. If you have additional questions, please contact ctephotos@resourcesforlearning.net.  

Regional Programs of Study Application

The regional programs of study application will open this fall with the application dates announced through the CTE listserv and the CTE webpage. The application is for LEAs or ESCs to apply for a new regional program of study or to renew a regional program of study that will expire at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. A list of expiring regional programs of study can be found on the TEA CTE website on the regional program of study page. 

LEAs should collaborate with their ESC CTE Specialist on the regional program of study proposals to avoid duplication of efforts. ESC CTE Specialists may coordinate with LEAs to submit one application for the region. 

ASVAB Testing and Data Reporting

Each LEA must provide students in grades 10 through 12 an opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and consult a military recruiter. LEAs must schedule the test during normal school hours and at a time that limits conflict with extracurricular activities. School districts and open enrollment charter schools must communicate the date, time, and location of testing to students and their parent/guardians. An LEA may elect not to provide the ASVAB test, providing an alternative test is offered that meets specific requirements.  

LEAs with students in grades 10 through 12 must report offering the ASVAB, or alternative test, through Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) data element E1625 ARMED-SERVICES-VOC-APT-BATTERY-INDICATOR-CODE, which is reported through PEIMS Fall Submission. 

For more information, visit the TEA ASVAB page. 

Professional Development Opportunity for Business, Marketing, and Finance Teachers

The TXCPA’s 2023 Accounting Education Conference will be held on Oct. 27-28, 2023, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Austin and via webcast. High school educators may attend for free. Click on previous links to register and use discount code HSEDU23. 

The agenda boasts an array of topics, including: 

  • ESG/sustainability in accounting; 
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning; and 
  • STEM certification for accounting programs at Texas colleges and universities

Cosmetology and Barbering Certification Requirements

In reference to House Bill 1560, which was passed by the 87th Texas Legislature and became effective September 1, 2021, a school may employ an instructor who holds a current license issued through TDLR. An instructor with a Class A Barber license may teach all methods of barbering, an instructor with a Cosmetology Operator license may teach all methods of cosmetology, and a licensed Manicurist may teach the services performed by a licensed manicurist. The updated guidance for Cosmetology and Barbering Certification Requirements is located in TAC §233.14. For more information on TDLR licensure requirements, visit TDLR License Renewal.

Child Development Associate (CDA) Guidance Handbook

Local Education Agencies may prepare high school students for a career in early childhood education by using existing CTE programs of study to help students obtain a nationally recognized CDA credential. In collaboration with the Texas Workforce Commission, the TEA has created a guidance document to support districts in structuring an Early Learning program of study and resources to support students in earning the CDA credential. The handbook can be accessed at this link: Child Development Associate Guidance Handbook. 

AIM HIGH Flight Academy

The 2024 AIM HIGH Flight Academy, offered through the US Air Force, is a three-week program designed to teach and inspire future aviators. Upon successful completion, students will earn a minimum of 12 flight hours. Selected students will live, dine, and learn to fly at a partner university campus. Applications are accepted September 1, 2023, through October 15, 2023. To learn more about this free program and to download the flyer to share with students, use the following link: https://www.recruiting.af.mil/About-Us/Aim-High-Flight-Academy/.

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