Career & Technical Education

Applications for Program Approval and Re-approval



Application Deadlines for the 2019-20 School Year

Re-approval applications: Each January, agencies are notified of programs that are due to expire at the end of the school year. To prevent a lapse in program approval, a complete re-approval application should be submitted by June 30th  of that year. After June 30th incomplete or unsubmitted applications will receive two follow-ups from NYSED. Applicants are responsible to complete their submissions by December 31st.  After December 31st, these lapsed programs will be removed from the approved list.  Lapsed programs are not considered to be active and therefore not eligible to award the CTE endorsement.
Initial and lapsed program applications must be submitted by December 31st if programs wish to gain approval by June of the same school year.

Application forms for 2019, discard prior versions.

Note: To improve organization and consistency of submissions, we have changed the application format. Details for Sections C-E and H-J will now be provided on separate cover sheet forms in Part 2.  Documentation related to an individual section should  be attached to the corresponding cover sheet.

Applications have two parts. Be sure to submit both Part 1 and Part 2 in your application package.

Initial Approval

Part 1: Application for CTE Program Approval (MS Word Document 150 KB)
Part 2: Application Detail Forms for Sections C-J (MS Word Document 31 KB)


Part 1: 2019 Program Re-approval Application (MS Word Document 139 KB)
Part 2: Application Detail Forms for Sections C-J(MS Word Document 31 KB)

Lapsed Approval

Part 1: Application for Programs with Lapsed Approval Status (MS Word Document139KB )
Part 2: Application Detail Forms for Sections C-J (MS Word Document 31 KB)

Program Changes

To report program changes during the five-year approval period, complete the amendment form below.

Approved Program Amendment form (MS Word Document 26 KB)

Guidelines for Approvals and Re-approvals

A school district or BOCES seeking approval or re-approval for a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program must complete both parts of the appropriate application. Electronic submission is required.

  1. A separate two-part application must be filed for each CTE program seeking approval or re-approval.
  2. The New York State Education Department must complete a technical and programmatic review of all applications to issue program approval. Programs must maintain current NYSED approval to continue to award their students CTE endorsements on diplomas.
  3. An application will not be reviewed unless all information is provided and the appropriate official has signed it.
  4. Questions regarding the completion of the CTE program approval or re-approval application may be directed by e-mail to emsccte@nysed.gov or by calling
  5. Submission requirements
    1. The application form (Part 1) must be sent as a Word document. Additionally, detail forms (Part 2) and supporting documentation must be sent in PDF format. E-mail this application to: emsccte@nysed.gov.
    2. A paper copy of the application form with original signature must be mailed to: 
      CTE Program Approval
      New York State Education Department
      Career and Technical Education Office
      89 Washington Avenue, Room 315 EB
      Albany, New York 12234


Last Updated: January 7, 2019