New Jersey Department of Education

Program of Study

Perkins V requires CTE programs of study to support career pathways meeting two of the following three criteria, high wage, in-demand, or high skill.  They must culminate in the obtainment of college credit, an industry-valued credential, or enrollment in a registered apprenticeship.

All applications for CTE programs of study must include Work Based Learning details, Career and Technical Student Organization membership, meeting minutes for two annual advisory committee meetings and be aligned with the districts Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment (CLNA). See the individual Career Cluster pages for allowable Classification of Instructional Programs (CIPs), industry-valued credentials and other information.

Approved CTE Programs and Programs of Study: A sortable list of all approved CTE programs and programs of study in the state. 


School districts applying for a new CTE program of study or reapproval of a CTE program of study may access the CTE-Data Management System (CTE-DMS) through the link on NJDOE Homeroom. Please view the CTE-DMS Guide for more information. Additional information about the CTE-DMS system can be found here the CTE-DMS system Program Reapproval checklist and CTE-DMS system FAQs

Consistent with N.J.A.C. 6A:19-3.2, A district board of education that seeks to operate or continue operating a career and technical education program or program of study and that seeks to place or supervise students in apprenticeship training or cooperative education experiences, and/or apply for or receive Carl D. Perkins funds or its successor to support the program or programs shall meet all of the requirements under N.J.A.C. 6A:19-3.1, and shall apply to the Department for initial program approval and re-approval every five years.

To prepare New Jersey students for success in the 21st century workplace, the Office of Career Readiness analyzed all current Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) codes within the 16 Career Clusters® for alignment to the new high-skill, high-wage, and in-demand requirement. Based on this analysis, several CTE program CIP codes were identified to be either deleted or merged with other CIP code(s).

CTE Career Cluster and Program Information

For CTE Career Cluster and Program Information see: Career Cluster Resources

For Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) information see: National Center for Education Statistics Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Information

Teacher Certification

Teachers are required to have certification aligned with the CIP.  See the links below for more information.

Program Advisory Committee

The primary purpose of the CTE program Advisory Committee is to assist educators in establishing, operating, and evaluating the CTE programs which serve the needs of students, business and industry, and to provide expertise pertaining to technological change. The CTE Program Advisory Committee Handbook details several key roles of CTE Program Advisory Committees and offers a general process to follow in establishing a committee, as well as a variety of templates to use when and where appropriate.


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