Career & Technical Education


Imagine a reality where all learners are given the opportunity and support to realize their full potential.

This reality is possible. Together can we make it happen. Making this vision a reality requires an unwavering, steadfast commitment from all sectors and stakeholders.

We must hold ourselves accountable to do the work even when funding gets tight, political winds shift or questions arise of whether we really need to set the bar so high. We must join together to demand change where and when it is needed, to support reform that is already underway and to applaud those who have made it. It is only through a shared commitment to action that this new vision will become a reality for learners across the nation.

Arkansas Career and Technical Education (CTE) has partnered with Advance CTE for Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE.


Policies & Procedures

Operational Guide

CTE Educational Cooperative Coordinators

Technical Assistance
5-Year Site Visit Rotation
Technical Assistance Visit Schedule
Technical Assistance Forms and Information

High-Tech Scholarship


The Curriculum office oversees the development, review, and revision process of Career and Technical Education frameworks. This process involves stakeholders throughout the state of Arkansas and is an ongoing and critical component to ensuring Arkansas students are engaged in current and relevant learning.

Career Pathway System

Arkansas Career Pathways Model

Career Pathways Program of Study (POS) Templates

The Curriculum office also provides districts with guidance and support for the implementation and on-going support of initiatives designed to improve student performance and school climate. Some examples of these initiatives include:

  • Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
  • Making Middle Grade Work (MMGW)
  • High Schools That Work (HSTW)
  • Technology Centers That Work (TCTW)
  • National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC)

Driver's Education

The Department of Career Education provides oversight for driver programs in the secondary schools and driver education instructor certification.

Program Standards

Driver's Education Course Goals

Instructor Certification Requirements

Instructor Certification Application


ARCareerEd conducts online end of course testing for selected core courses in each program of study.

Assessment Website:

2016-17 Testing Calendar

2016-17 Courses Tested

Policies and Forms

How-To Documents

Career and technical education help students acquire skills needed to begin the path to their occupational goals. Upon completion of the CTE program area courses, students will possess marketable job skills as well as college and career readiness skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path.


Our Occupational Programs Areas are:


• Agricultural Science And Technology
• Business And Marketing Technology
• Curriculum And Career Guidance
• Family And Consumer Sciences

• Trade And Industry



The Program Areas in ARCareerEd develop and offer various content-related professional development sessions for teachers, administrators, and CTE coordinators. These sessions are held at various locations across the state to enable all to participate. The following page contains a list of upcoming professional development sessions and registration information.

Click here for all CTE Professional Development

Career Coaches


OCR Methods of Administration (MOA)



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