Career & Technical Education

High School Sequence


The CTE curriculum should begin early in childhood and extend throughout an individual's lifetime. CTE should provide students with broad, transferable skills that will prepare them to be more responsive to change in careers and real-life situations. Family and Consumer Sciences education is one of the disciplines covered by the Career and Technical Education (CTE) umbrella. As such, Commissioner’s Regulations and NYSED policies developed for CTE programs and students apply to Family and Consumer Sciences.

Program Requirements at the Commencement Level

Students first entering grade nine in the 2001-2002 school year and thereafter shall earn 22 units of credit incorporating the commencement level New York State Learning Standards in FACS, and CDOS.

Career and Technical Education Sequences

A well-planned CTE sequence delivers learning experiences in the classroom, laboratory or work site setting that are based on the New York State Learning Standards for Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS). Instruction must relate to one of the six CTE major career areas (see chart) and must meet current business entry-level industry skill standards. Sequences may be organized by levels of difficulty or by thematic relationships. A student could complete a CTE sequence in Family and Consumer Sciences education through courses delivered in an LEA, in a BOCES, or in a combination of the two.

Career and Technical Education Sequence Examples
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • CDOS Standard
  • 3b Career Areas
  • CTE Content
  • Concentration Areas with Program Examples
  • Human and Public Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences:
    • Human Services and Family Studies
    • Foods and Nutrition
    • Textiles and Design

Career and Financial Management (Replacement for Introduction to Occupations)

The recently created course, tentatively entitled "Career and Financial Management", is a one-half unit requirement that will replace the current Introduction to Occupations requirement in September 2004. The course is required as part of every career and technical education (CTE) program including five-unit CTE programs used as a substitution for the additional two units of foreign language needed for a Regents diploma with advanced designation. The Career and Financial Management content can be met either as a discrete course or integrated into other courses in a CTE sequence. All teachers certified to teach any subject in CTE, including Family and Consumer Sciences, in New York State are certified to teach the new course.

Part A of the Career and Financial Management requirement was developed by teachers and consultants to replace the current required modules "Working Citizen/Personal Resource Management" in the Introduction to Occupations course. The purpose of the new one-half unit course is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about the features of our economy, explore a variety of careers, and learn the skills and competencies needed for success in the workplace and to begin to become financially literate. Part B of the Career and Financial Management requirement can be met by a student taking one-half unit of any career and technical education curriculum that either introduces students to a cluster of occupations or develops skills appropriate for a cluster of occupations. Examples of Family and Consumer Sciences courses that can fulfill the requirements of Part B are Lifespan Studies Core, Foods and Nutrition Core, Clothing and Textiles Core, and Housing and Environment Core.
Last Updated: March 14, 2011