State-model Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs of study are available for districts and charter schools to consider and adopt. These programs have been developed by the Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) in conjunction with representatives from local businesses and industry, high school and post-high school educators, and community stakeholders.

Each state-model CTE program of study:

  • Maps to a demand-driven occupation
  • Defines a course sequence and instructional outline
  • Offers students opportunities to earn college credit and industry recognized credentials
  • Provides support for school administrators and counselors
  • Provides course-specific professional learning opportunities for teachers;

For districts and charter schools interested in adopting a CTE program of study, applications must be completed and submitted to DDOE for approval in the school year prior to implementation. For more information on the process to approve CTE programs of study, please review the CTE Policy and Procedures manual.


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Work-Based Learning [ Back to Top ]

Delaware’s Work-Based Learning Practicum (WBLP) course can be administered in a classroom setting, online, or a hybrid of both. The supporting work-based learning (WBL) standards are designed to prepare students for a WBL immersion experience following the completion of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study. The WBL immersion experience allows students to apply academic, technical and employability skills to real-world work in partnership with employers. Through meaningful work experience aligned with a given career pathway, students deepen interpersonal and professional skills necessary to successfully pursue postsecondary education and career goals.


Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources [ Back to Top ]

Agricultural Power and Engineering

The Agricultural Power and Engineering program is a three (3) course program of study that provides students with the mathematical, scientific, and engineering principles and methods required to understand dynamic power systems and metal fabrication. Students practice real world applications, communication skills, and problem solving skills associated with dynamic power systems and metal fabrication. Students are prepared for a variety of careers including engineering, welding technician, mechanical and industrial technician, maintenance technician, mechanical engineer, metal fabrication, CNC operator, power technology repair and troubleshooting, and green energy technologies.

Agricultural Structures & Engineering

The Agricultural Structures & Engineering program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program designed to provide students with the scientific principles and methods required to understand the interrelationships of construction. Students practice real world applications and problem solving skills associated with agricultural designs and engineering principles. Students utilize problem solving as well as communication skills to develop engineering concepts and building practices that are sound and reliable. The program prepares students for a variety of careers including carpentry, engineering, architectural design, electrical, plumbing, masonry, construction framing, business management, sales, building maintenance, home improvement, and green energy technologies.

Animal Science & Management

The Animal Science & Management program is a three (3) course hands-on program of study that explores: animal production and management, physical restraint and handling, conducting health exams, evaluation of behavior, principles of genetics and reproduction, animal selection through evaluation, anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, basic veterinary practices, global food systems, ethics of food animal production, and current agricultural issues in order to foster an understanding of the steps involved in producing and marketing products for consumers. Students practice decision-making and research skills through classroom instruction, laboratory activities, and practical experiences. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in: agribusiness, agriscience education, animal genetics, animal nutrition, animal reproduction, extension educator, marine biology, wildlife biology, veterinary medicine, zoology, animal researcher, animal processor, production manager, artificial insemination technician, animal breeder, veterinary assistant/technician, wildlife manager, zoo animal specialist, animal rescue/animal control officer, and agriculture producer.

Environmental and Natural Resource Science (ENRS)

The Environmental and Natural Resource Science (ENRS) program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program designed to provide students with the scientific principles and methods required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, identify and analyze environmental problems that are natural and human-made, evaluate risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions. ENRS is interdisciplinary; it embraces a wide variety of topics from different areas of study and promotes unifying constructs, or themes, that cut across the topics included in the study of Environmental and Natural Resources. The program prepares students for a variety of careers including environmental engineer, environmental science and protection technician, geological and petroleum technician, natural sciences manager, wildlife biologist, and zoologist.

Natural Resource Management

The Natural Resource Management program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program designed to provide students with exposure to topics in conservation management and maintenance of natural resources. Students learn responsible stewardship practices of air, soil, water, land, fish, and wildlife resources for economic, recreation, and health purposes. Students utilize a variety of classroom and laboratory activities supplemented through supervised agricultural experiences and leadership programs and activities. Students participating in this program will be prepared to enter into career fields that focus on one or more of the following areas: Natural Science, Microbiology, Water Resource Management, Wastewater Engineering, Environmental Protection, Soil & Plant Science, Environmental Engineering, Geoscience, and Precision Agriculture.

Plant Science

The Plant Science program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program designed to provide students with knowledge of plant growth and reproduction, as well as the use of plants for food, fiber, and ornamental purposes. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in: agronomy, ornamental horticulture, biotechnology, forestry, soil science, and turf management.


Architecture & Construction [ Back to Top ]

Architectural Engineering Technology (AET)

The Architectural Engineering Technology (AET) program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program of study that engages students in the world of construction and architecture through coursework focusing on site selection, drafting, architectural, and engineering planning, budgeting, cost estimating, production, permits, contracting, work timetables, and project management. Students utilize strategies to solve open-ended problems while they learn how to apply technical skills, knowledge, documentation techniques, and processes using modern, industry-leading technology and software. Work-based learning experiences and industry-mentored projects will introduce students to a wide array of careers such as architects, civil engineers, construction management, cost estimators, and drafters. The AET program of study will lead to students earning AutoCAD and Revit certification, dual enrollment for up to 10 credits from Delaware Technical and Community College (DTCC), and advanced skills in product data management (PDM) and building information modeling (BIM).

Geospatial Science and Technology

The Geospatial Science and Technology (GST) program is a three (3) credit program of study that engages students in the world of geospatial science and technology through coursework focusing on geographic information systems (GIS) to use information from geodetic surveys and remote-sensing systems, including aerial cameras and satellites for urban and regional planning, security, land-use planning, business marketing, and public safety for emergency responders. The GST program of study will lead to students earning ArcGIS Desktop Entry Level Certification, advanced standing for up to 7 credits at Delaware Technical Community College (DTCC), advanced standing for up to 6 credits at University of Delaware, and advanced skills in geographic information systems (GIS). The program prepares students for careers such as Cartographers; Civil Engineers, Geographers; Photogrammetrists; Surveyors; and Surveying and Mapping Technicians.


Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications [ Back to Top ]

Digital Communication Technology (DCT)

The Digital Communication Technology (DCT) program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program of study that requires students to apply the skills and tools of digital designers used in graphic design, pixel-based imagery manipulation, HTML coding, digital video production, vector image manipulation, digital illustration, and digital publishing. Students utilize strategies to solve open-ended problems while learning how to apply technical skills, creative skills, industry knowledge, documentation techniques, and processes using modern, industry-leading technology and software. Client-based learning experiences and industry-mentored projects introduce students to a wide array of related careers in public relations, marketing, web and digital communications and printing.

Fashion and Apparel

The Fashion and Apparel program of study is a three (3) course Career and Technical Education (CTE) program. Students learn construction skills for application to fashion including color, proportion and fit. Science principles are used to help students understand fibers to better determine appropriate application. Fashion business including the economic impact of the industry as well as marketing and management are studied along with employability skills like leadership, accountability, teamwork, and responsibility. This program prepares students for careers such as store manager, fashion designer, assistant buyer, visual merchandiser.


Business Management & Administration [ Back to Top ]

NAF Academy of Business Information & Management (AOBIM)

The NAF Academy of Business Information & Management (AOBIM) program is a three (3) credit program of study that introduces students to the skills needed to plan, organize, direct, and evaluate business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations through courses focusing on entrepreneurship, global and domestic economics, information technology, customer service and ethics. Students gain critical career knowledge through a series of work-based learning activities that are conducted in school, as well as outside the classroom, and a 120-hour paid summer internship. Completion of the program is validated with a NAFTrack Certification, NAF’s student certification assessment system. AOBIM courses introduce students to a wide array of careers such as general and operations managers, purchasing managers, business operations specialists, and computer information system managers.


Education & Training [ Back to Top ]

Early Childhood Teacher Academy

The Early Childhood Teacher Academy program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) program that engages students in developing a realistic understanding of early childhood while exploring the importance and impact of teachers. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to sustain their interest in the early childhood profession and cultivate the skills needed to be successful, thus creating a pipeline of high-quality students transitioning to the early childhood field. Students will understand the importance and uniqueness of early childhood and participate in classroom and field experiences. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in early childhood such as teacher, curriculum director, and administrator.

K-12 Teacher Academy

The K-12 Teacher Academy program of study is a three (3) and six (6) course CTE program that prepares students for careers in elementary and secondary education. Observation opportunities in a variety of age and discipline settings, as well as special needs and non-classroom settings, provide practical experiences while enriching the learning. Students participate in a long-term placement during their senior year which allows for in-depth experiences in a classroom setting.


Finance [ Back to Top ]

NAF Academy of Finance (AOF)

The NAF Academy of Finance (AOF) program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) program that engages students with the world of financial services by focusing on banking and credit, financial planning, accounting, and insurance. Students gain career knowledge through a series of work-based learning activities that are conducted in school and outside of the classroom, and a 120-hour paid summer internship. Completion of the program is validated with a NAFTrack Certification, NAF’s student certification assessment system. AOF courses introduce students to a wide array of careers such as personal financial advisor, tax preparation specialist, accountant, financial analyst, loan officer, account representative, insurance agent, and claims representative.


Health Sciences [ Back to Top ]

Allied Health

The Allied Health program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instructional program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they study topics such as medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology. Through exploration of the National Health Standards, students will acquire important skills necessary for healthcare professionals such as medical mathematics, communication, safety practices, legal responsibilities, and teamwork. In addition, students will develop technical skills such as performing a wound culture, measuring vital signs, collecting a throat culture and performing a strep test. The program prepares students for a variety of careers in healthcare such as respiratory therapist, nurse, physical therapist, dental hygienist, and medical lab technician.

Nurse Assisting

The Nurse Assisting program of study is a three (3) course CTE instructional program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they study topics such as medical terminology and human anatomy and physiology. Through exploration of the National Health Science Standards, students will acquire important skills necessary for healthcare professionals such as medical mathematics, communication, safety practices, legal responsibilities, and teamwork. In addition, students will develop technical skills such as providing personal care of the resident while taking care of their environmental needs and psychosocial needs.

Patient Care Assistant

The Patient Care Assistant Pathway Program will prepare high school students for one of the fastest growing professions in the health care industry today, while also preparing them for post-secondary options following graduation. Classroom theory and hands on clinical components include nursing care, phlebotomy, cardiac function, nutrition, therapeutic communication, psychology, respiratory services, rehabilitation services, EKG readings, and empathetic care to the client, family and community. This two-year training program consists of classroom instruction, lab practicum, and supervised activities in clinics, long term care facilities, and other health care agencies.

Public & Community Health

The Public & Community Health program of study is a three (3) course Career & Technical Education (CTE) instruction program that engages students in a comprehensive approach to health while learning about social determinants such as poverty, discrimination, and inadequate access to resources. Students will learn to view health from medical, behavioral, social, and environmental perspectives. Additionally, students will discover methods for eliminating health inequities and bringing awareness to public policy to determine the distribution of resources needed for healthy communities. Students will explore the fields of health and human services while investigating client needs, services, and the skills and attitudes required of the effective human services worker. Through exploration of the National Health Science Standards, students will acquire important skills necessary for healthcare professionals such as medical terminology, medical mathematics, communication, safety practices, legal responsibilities, and teamwork.


Hospitality & Tourism [ Back to Top ]

Culinary & Hospitality Management

The Culinary & Hospitality Management program of study is a three (3) and six (6) course CTE program that is supported by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation. ProStart® trains students on industry-specific skills that can be used in all aspects of the restaurant and hospitality industry along with the employability skills like leadership, accountability, teamwork, and responsibility. The program prepares students for careers such as Executive chef and Sous Chef, Food Service Manager, Kitchen Manager, and Line Cook.

Hospitality & Tourism Management

The Hospitality & Tourism Management program of study is a three (3) course Career and Technical Education (CTE) program designed to prepare students for employment in the hospitality industry. Students explore management and technical skills needed for success and practice industry-specific skills that can be used in all aspects of the hospitality and tourism industry. Students also acquire employability skills such as leadership, guest services, accountability, teamwork, and responsibility. The program prepares students for careers such as front office supervisor, front desk associate, director of tourism, and general manager.


Information Technology [ Back to Top ]

Cisco Networking Academy

The Cisco Networking Academy program of study is a six (6) course CTE program that blends the content and experiences of computer networking and computer science to help students develop a well-rounded and adaptable skill base. The program prepares students for continuing education and careers in computer networking and computer science, as well as those that may require skills in both fields.

Computer Science

The Computer Science program of study is a three (3) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where students study computational practices such as algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems relevant to their everyday lives. The program includes the completion of two Advanced Placement courses.


Manufacturing [ Back to Top ]

Manufacturing Logistics Technician

The Manufacturing Logistics Technician program of study is a two (2) year; four (4) semester CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they learn and apply manufacturing processes and use modern, industry-leading technology and software. The program prepares students for further education and careers in manufacturing and logistics. The CTE program consists of four courses that are completed on the campus of the Delaware Technical Community College.

Manufacturing Production Technician

The Manufacturing Production Technician program of study is a two (2) year; four (4) semester CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they learn and apply manufacturing processes and use modern, industry-leading technology and software. The program prepares students for further education and careers in manufacturing production. The CTE program consists of four courses that are completed on the campus of the Delaware Technical Community College.

Manufacturing Engineering Technology

The Engineering byDesign (EbD) Manufacturing Engineering Technology program of study is a three (3) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where they learn and apply the engineering design process, use industry-standard technology and software, and apply math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects.


Marketing [ Back to Top ]

Marketing Today! (3 and 6 credit)

The Marketing Today! (MT) program of study is a three (3) or six (6) course Career and Technical Education (CTE) program that engages students with the world of marketing services by focusing on how marketing is evolving in the digital age and how companies can be successful by implementing marketing strategies. Students gain career/industry knowledge through a series of work‐based learning activities in and out of the classroom such as: internship, apprenticeship, co-op, project completion, of at least 60 hours. MT courses introduce students to a wide array of careers such as data analytics, project and content management, digital marketing, marketing campaign management, demographic analytics, communications, etc.


Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) [ Back to Top ]

Biomedical Science

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science program of study is a three (3) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where students study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. The program prepares students for further education and careers in biomedical sciences and healthcare.

Engineering

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering program of study is a three (3) and six (6) course CTE program that engages students in open-ended problem solving where students learn and apply the engineering design process and use modern, industry-leading technology and software. The program prepares students for further education and careers in engineering and engineering technology.


Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics [ Back to Top ]

Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology is a six (6) course program of study that provides students with the mathematical, scientific, and mechanical principles and methods required to understand and perform the maintenance, repair and servicing of vehicles. Students participating in this pre-apprenticeship program will be prepared to enter into a Delaware Automotive Technician Tech C Registered Apprenticeship Program.