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Advisory Committee Guidelines

Designed for the Occupational Advisory Committees. It is intended for use by new and existing committees, providing suggestions on how an occupational advisory committee can be organized and maintained to function effectively. The main purpose of an occupational advisory committee is to strengthen the career and technical education program by making recommendations for program improvement and providing technical assistance to assure the most up-to-date curriculum content and resources.

Agricultural Education

More information regarding Agricultural Education

Business & Marketing Education

Child Development Associate

The Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) recognizes the value of students earning industry certifications. The Council for Professional Recognition, in the childcare industry, promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in early childhood care and education - the people who work with children from birth through five years of age in early childhood centers, family child care homes, and as home visitors. Students in the approved 19.0708 Childcare and Support Services Management can apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment and certification or the CDA-Ready Certificate issued by BCTE.  The following documents give instructions and are guidelines on how to obtain this CDA-Ready Certificate. 

Cooperative Education

Cosmetology Task List

Curriculum Development Guide

Career and technical educators are held accountable for student performance through the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) and Keystone assessment requirements; therefore, federal, state and local resources are focused on improving student performance through planned strategies that demonstrate results.

Research has proven that consistent teacher effort to utilize proven strategies will make significant improvements in student performance. A series of small curriculum planning and instructional delivery changes made by a teacher over time will result in more focused instruction, more engaged students and improved performance.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education 

Family and Consumer Sciences Pathways to CTE

Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Services CIP 19.0101

Health and Safety Resource

Providing a Safe Teaching and Learning Environment: A Health and Safety Resource for Pennsylvania Career and Technical Educators (PDF)

This publication provides in-depth guidelines on:
  1. Providing a safe CTE learning environment
  2. Accident prevention
  3. Modern safety and health programs
  4. Preventable injuries
  5. Attitude formation
  6. Developing safety consciousness
  7. Organizing an effective safety and health program
  8. Instructional practices
  9. Safety regulations and requirements
  10. Laboratory safety concerns and hazards
  11. Hazard identification and prevention
  12. Occupational safety and health inspections
  13. Liability concerns.

Using this publication as a guide, CTE professionals can promote safe and healthy laboratories and classrooms to enhance learning and skill development.

Health Science Programs    

Industry-Recognized Credentials For CTE Programs

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education has compiled this resource guide which lists industry-recognized credentials for career and technical programs in Pennsylvania’s career clusters.

The goal of the resource guide is to assist schools with the process of identifying organizations that provide industry-recognized credentials.

Innovative CTE Programs


Instructional Coaching Resource Guide

To better understand and share the work of instructional coaching at career and technical centers, the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Bureau of Career and Technical Education (BCTE) implemented the Instructional Coaching Professional Learning Community (PLC) during the 2014-2015 school year. Eighteen coaches and instructional leaders from Pennsylvania's CTCs participated in the PLC (see Appendix A for a list of participants). Over the course of the year, the PLC met during four virtual and three live meetings. As a culminating project, Instructional Coaching PLC participants were asked to share one lesson plan that they developed in collaboration with a classroom teacher from the following BCTE programs of study:

  1. Computer Technology
  2. Electromechanical Technology
  3. Homeland Security
  4. Institutional Food Worker
  5. Mason/Masonry

Consultants from the National Center for College and Career Transitions (NC3T) facilitated the Instructional Coaching PLC and prepared this summary report. To provide greater insight into their work, the Instructional Coaching PLC participants were asked to respond to several prompts over the course of the 2014-2015 school year; their comments are shared throughout this document.

Math T-Charts

More information regarding Math T-Charts

English Language Arts (ELA) T-Charts and Mini Lessons

More information regarding ELA T-Charts and Mini Lessons