Programs of Study
The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) calls for states to offer career and technical programs of study, which may be adopted by local educational agencies and postsecondary institutions as an option to students (and their parents) when planning for and completing future coursework. To help states and local agencies meet this requirement, the Division of Academic and Technical Education, in collaboration with major national associations, organizations and states, have developed a Programs of Study Design Framework. The Framework identifies 10 key components and corresponding subcomponenets that, taken together, support the development and implementation of effective Programs of Study. Although all 10 components are important, they are neither independent nor of equal priority.