Programs of Study
The programs of study (POS) provide successful student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education. The Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) calls upon states to create sequences of academic and career technical education (CTE) coursework to help students attain a postsecondary degree or industry-recognized certificate or credential.
NOTE: NASDCTEc has recently supported the creation of the Plans of Study to achieve student goals. Coursework organized with the National Career Clusters ® Framework results in an efficient, effective, and streamlined POS.
National Framework Supports POS Development and Implementation
The National Career Clusters ® Framework is identified as part of the POS 10 component design framework that supports the development and implementation of effective POS. Although the 10 POS components are important, they are not independent or of equal priority. Program implementers must identify the most pressing components for state or local adoption, taking into consideration their relative need within the educational context. Learn more about these design components—and what state and local program developers should do to fulfill their requirements—via the resources below.
Programs of Study: Local Implementation Readiness and Capacity Self-Assessment
Components and Subcomponents of the POS Design Framework
The POS design framework utilizes the 15 critical components of implementing Career Clusters® as a part of the development work. Specific information about the implementation resources are available below.
For more resources to assist with Career Clusters® implementation, click here.
The 10 POS Components:
- Legislation and Policies
- Professional Development
- Accountability and Evaluation Systems
- College and Career Readiness Standards
- Course Sequences
- Credit Transfer Agreements
- Guidance Counseling and Academic Advisement
- Teaching and Learning Strategies
- Technical Skills Assessments