CTE

Career & Technical Education

Graduation Requirements

Sequences in Career and Technical Education

Students intending to apply an Agricultural Education sequence toward a Regents diploma must complete a minimum of four units in a State or State-approved sequence. The sequence should include an area of study emphasis selected from within one of the three Agricultural Education program clusters: Agricultural Production and Science Occupations Cluster; Agricultural Business Management and Service Occupations Cluster; and Natural Resources and Ecological Occupations Cluster. A four unit sequence in Agricultural Education must include all required units and an approved combination of alternative units.

The Agricultural Education program cluster(s) and area(s) of study emphasis that a school will offer are to be determined by the Agricultural Education faculty, in conference with the Agricultural Education program consultant committee and the school's administrators.

An Agricultural Education sequence may include a maximum of 1/2-unit of credit for approved advanced student leadership development activities in the National FFA Organization Program. Such approved activities must be beyond the FFA instruction and activities integrated in the school day during the school year, and all objectives of the Advanced Student Leadership in Agriculture Standard of Instruction module must be met.

One unit of a 4-unit or 5-unit sequence may be acquired through an approved Cooperative Work Experience Program in Agriculture, conforming to the Supervised Occupational Experience Standard of Instruction module. Cooperative Work Experience in Agriculture is a supervised, regularly scheduled, paid, part-time work experience, planned cooperatively by the student, employer, and agriculture teacher or cooperative education coordinator.

Agricultural Education -- 4 Units

  • Introduction to Occupations (1 unit)
  • Basic Agricultural Science (1 unit)
  • Advanced Agricultural Science (1 unit)

Plus 1 unit from among:

  • Specialized Agricultural Skills (1/2 unit or 1 unit)
  • Cooperative Career and Technical Education in
  • Agriculture 1/2 unit or 1 unit)
  • Advanced Student Leadership Education (1/2 unit)
  • Biology (1 unit)
  • Occupationally Related Science (1 unit)
  • State Approved Courses of Other Career and Technical Education Disciplines (1 unit)

Students who have completed a 3-unit or 4-unit sequence of Agricultural Education may combine that sequence with one or two units of courses or programs listed under any one of the following programs or clusters, to form an extended 5-unit sequence if the combination, in the opinion of the Local Education Agency, satisfies the specified Criteria for Selection. Core courses of two or more instructional program areas may not be so combined to form a sequence.

Course or Program Title

Agricultural Education

  • Agricultural Production and Science Occupations
  • Cluster Animal Science Mechanical Science
  • Plant Science Business Management

Agricultural Business Management and Service Occupations Cluster

  • Animal Science
  • Mechanical Science
  • Plant Science
  • Business Management

Natural Resources and Ecological Occupations Cluster

  • Business Management
  • Conservation Science
  • Mechanical Science
  • Plant Science

Below is a brief overview of current/new policy concerning the use of a course in a Career and Technical Education discipline (Agricultural Education) for General Education Credit.

Current Policy Concerning the use of Career and Technical Education Course(s) for General Education Credit, the option is available only to Students pursuing a Career and Technical Education Sequence!

Part 100 of Commissioner's Regulations… Now provides flexibility for ALL students!

After a student has passed the required Regents examination in the core areas of English language arts, mathematics, and science, the remaining unit(s) of credit in that area may be from specialized courses (e.g., career and technical education courses. Click here for an example (MS Word 133kb | PDF 62.96 KB) of a course in Agricultural Education that could be used to meet the purposes of this regulation.)

Benefit: provides multiple pathways for ALL students.

Important Criteria:

- Course must meet the commencement level of the New York State Learning Standards for the core subject (ensures rigor)

- Course approved locally by the superintendent or designee (eliminates SED approval process)

Specialized Course Option for Social Studies Core Course Requirements

Anticipated student courses:

  • 1 unit of American History
  • 2 units of global history & Geography

    plus

  • ½ unit in Economics
  • ½ unit in Participation in Government, (or their equivalent as determined by local superintendent)

Sequences

9th grade of 2000:

  • Students need two 3-unit sequences,
  • or one 5-unit sequence.

9th grade of 2001 and thereafter:

  • No sequence requirement for graduation.
  • However, schools must continue to make CTE and Arts sequences available.

Field committee to be established to discuss future directions (e.g., guidelines, course requirements) for CTE sequences.

Second Language Requirement

9th grade of 2001 and thereafter:

Regents diploma: Students need one unit of a second language for the Regents diploma.

Regents diploma- Advanced Designation: Students need three units of a second language, and must pass a second language Regents exam.

or

Students with a 5-unit CTE or Arts sequence are exempt from the additional two units of second language, and the second language Regents exam.

NOTE: students must take the additional Regents exam in both math and science.

Career and Technical Education Course/Program Descriptions

Introduction to Occupations

This 1-unit course is a required component of each Career and Technical Education sequence. It is designed to help students to develop transferable skills essential to all occupations, and to explore various occupational areas. The course is organized as two 1/2-unit parts. The first part consists of the two required modules, The Working Citizen and Personal Resource Management. The second part is composed of two of the several optional modules which provide instruction on the skills and knowledge of a variety of occupational areas. The course may be offered in a number of ways and times, to best meet the needs of the schools and their students.

Agricultural Education

Agricultural Production and Science Occupations Cluster

Students enrolled in this cluster will acquire basic technical, manipulative, job-related, and societal skills in preparation for entry into employment and/or higher education in production agriculture and related science occupations involving both small and large animal and plant production, including horticulture. Within this cluster, students may select an area of study emphasis from Animal Science, Business Management, Mechanical Science, or Plant Science.

Agricultural Business Management and Service Occupations Cluster

Students enrolled in this cluster will acquire basic technical, manipulative, job-related, and societal skills in preparation for entry into employment and/or higher education in agricultural business and related services in areas such as Agricultural Mechanics, Agricultural Supplies, and all Agricultural Services, such as animal grooming, artificial insemination technology, chemical application services, and management services. Within this cluster, students may select an area for study emphasis from Animal Science, Business Management, Mechanical Science, or Plant Science.

Natural Resource and Ecological Occupations Cluster

Students enrolled in this cluster will acquire basic technical, manipulative, job-related, and societal skills in preparation for entry into employment and/or higher education in areas such as conservation, forestry, and fishery occupations. Within this cluster, students may select an area for study emphasis from Business Management, Conservation Science, Mechanical Science, or Plant Science.

Last Updated: May 15, 2009