CTE Resources

CTE GuideShow More

The CTE Staff Guide tells you all the fundamentals you need to know about operating CTE programs in CPS, such as what teacher credentials are required for each program, what student assessment tools are used, what curriculum and programs of study students should follow, what budget allocations are given to each program, and whom to call for various types of support in the CTE department.

This guide is different than other management handbooks. Instead of one “big book”, it is a compilation of targeted “one‐pagers” that together make up an overall operations guide. Each page or section can stand alone a separate communication and planning tool. At first, reading in the “one‐pager” format may be unusual, but the utility of having targeted segments makes real‐time use more practical. You can easily jump directly to the NOCTI page, copy or download from the web, and distribute to your team. No cutting, pasting or editing.

For example: You get a notification that the NOCTI assessment period is starting.

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Introduction to the CTE Staff Guide




1. Program Evaluation, Support and Design

2. Programs of Study

3. Program of Study Maps

4. Course Codes & Sequencing 

5. College and Career Planning 

6. Early Warning System

7. Student Recruitment 

8. Teacher Hiring & ISBE/CTE Credential Requirements

9. CTE Professional Development

10. Budgeting and Facilities 

CTE Teacher Hiring ProcessShow More

The Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) serves as an asset in the candidate hiring and selection process. CTE manages the initial posting and qualifications screening allowing schools to focus limited time and resources interviewing only pre-screened candidates.

CTE has developed and documented a process to support schools in identifying their expected CTE Full-time Employees (FTE) needs for school year 2013-2014.

The CTE Teacher Hiring flowchart outlines the timing and recommended steps in budget planning, advertising, interviewing candidates, and hiring teachers to insure that instruction begins on the first day of school.

The CTE Hiring Process Presentation is an in-depth, step-by-step guide to help you navigate hiring CTE teachers.

In order to support students in their CTE programs, CPS has established enhanced CTE teacher credential requirements in collaboration with industry and college partners. These requirements will be above and beyond the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) CTE teacher credential requirements.

CTE Enhanced Teacher Credentials

In order to support students in their CTE programs, CPS has established enhanced CTE teacher credential requirements in collaboration with industry and college partners. These requirements will be above and beyond the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) CTE teacher credential requirements. Though program specific, these enhancements are as follows:

  • More industry work experience required in most programs
  • Enhanced postsecondary degree requirement where appropriate
  • Enhanced industry certification/licensure where appropriate

CPS’ enhanced requirements will ensure that CPS CTE teachers hold the same industry credentials and training that students are expected to gain in their respective CTE programs. For example, a CTE IT-Cisco teacher should hold the A+ and CCent Certification, as we are preparing students to earn these certifications in their CTE IT-Cisco program.

The files listed above include:

Overview A high-level snapshot of current ISBE requirements and CPS enhanced credentials plus what these enhanced credentials mean for new and current teachers.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) regarding the new Enhanced CTE Teacher Credentials.

Recommendations A comprehensive list of all CTE programs identifying the enhanced credentials established by CPS. This includes, certificate types, degrees, amount and type of industry experience, as well as some preferred experiences and/or credentials.

Should you have any questions regarding CTE teacher credentials or the CTE hiring process please contact Mitchell Braun.

Mitchell Braun
Manager, CTE Policy and Procedural Support

Early College and Career Credential ToolkitShow More

The Early College and Career Credential (ECCC) Toolkit aims to provide every high school and every network the means to create a plan that ensures that every student has access to Early College and Career Credentials (Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment, and Career and Technical Education Certifications).

The toolkit aims to achieve this by providing:

  • A school level snapshot of each school’s current Early College and Career Credential offerings
  • Data on the number of students qualified for Early College and Career Credential options
  • An “at a glance” record of past student performance in early college and career programs where appropriate
  • A snapshot of each school’s faculty composition relative to certain program requirements
  • Frequently asked questions and information about Early College and Career Credential options
  • Case studies on schools that have innovative approaches to integrating Early College and Career Credential options

How the ECCC Toolkit was Developed

Numerous studies point to the link between Early College and Career Credentials and higher college enrollment rates, higher college persistence rates, and higher earnings potential. We aim for students to earn not only a high school diploma, but also a “second piece of paper”. We know that there is not a one-size-fits all approach and therefore we developed the toolkit to help schools navigate the portfolio of options.

With the Office of College and Career Success, the ECCC Toolkit was developed through close and ongoing collaboration between the Office of Early College and Career Education and the Office of Magnet, Gifted, and International Baccalaureate Programs. Over the course of 4 months, program coordinators met to develop the toolkit and refine the metrics used to populate the school-level Early College and Career Credential Scorecard.

Key Components

The ECCC Toolkit is made up of three major components. First, the ECCC toolkit contains a broad overview of the toolkit and the various ECCC programs. Second, there is an ECCC school-level score card and several case studies of schools that are successfully integrating Early College and Career programs. Finally, the third component of the ECCC toolkit is a collection of detailed Early College and Career Education program descriptions.


Principals, assistant principals, curriculum coordinators, alongside College and Career Specialists and other network staff should use the ECCC Toolkit to identify gaps in program offerings for students and to take steps to address existing gaps.

Expected Impact

High schools that use the ECCC toolkit will develop a vision for Early College and Career options as well as a path for how to realize that vision. We expect to see that schools that use the toolkit will begin to offer a more comprehensive array of course offerings that capitalize on student interest and ability as well as faculty composition. Students will thus have access to a wider array of options leading to increased levels of student participation in Early College and Career programs.

Early College and Career Credential Toolkit (Updated 2014-01-14)

Accessing Your School’s Scorecard

* Access to these reports require users to be on the CPS network. Access to the internal CPS network can be granted through the CPS Remote Access page * 

College and Career Credentials Scorecard

Personalization ToolkitShow More

Personalization is a school’s intentional effort to create more positive and caring relationships between students and adults which support academic achievement. In the Personalization Toolkit, there are five levels of personalization identified as well as characteristics and implementation of a distributive leadership model. The toolkit can be used to engage staff in conversations about how the school is structured for the success of all students.

While it may seem obvious that positive relationships between teachers and students would be beneficial to student achievement, it is important to note just how critical that interaction is for student success. It is the relationship that drives the academic and social success of a student and those relationships need to be established and nurtured. By getting to know their students, teachers can better respond to student needs, develop interventions that are timely and effective, and support student goals and dreams. Schools that connect teachers with shared students multiply this effect. Teachers are then able to collaborate with each other regarding best practices as they relate to individual students and provide a network of support ensuring that students do not fall through the cracks.

Personalization Toolkit

Program of Study MapsShow More

Successful preparation for college and career requires an integration of academic, technical and employability skills that are taught inside the classroom and then tested in real work conditions. The Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE) has developed “Program of Study” maps to serve as high school planning guides to ensure students are driven to their maximum potential.

  • Maps CPS Academic Core, CTE & Elective Courses Pathway
  • Maps CPS Service Learning and Work-Based Learning
  • Maps College & Career Readiness Assessments
  • Maps Potential Post-Secondary Course Pathways
  • Lists available articulation agreements and industry certifications
  • Lists Sample Post-Secondary Institutions Aligned To Pathway
  • List Sample Occupations Aligned To Pathway

Culinary and Hospitality

Pathway Program of Study Map
Culinary Arts Program of Study Map
Hospitality Management Program of Study Map

Education and Training

Pathway Program of Study Map
Early Childhood Education Program of Study Map

Health Science

Pathway Program of Study Map
Allied Health Program of Study Map
Medical & Health Careers Program of Study Map

Information Technology

Pathway Program of Study Map
Cisco Networking Program of Study Map
Game Programming Program of Study Map
Network Cabling Program of Study Map
Oracle / Database Programming Program of Study Map
Web Design Program of Study Map

Law and Public Safety

Pathway Program of Study Map
Pre-Law Program of Study Map

Media and Communication Arts

Pathway Program of Study Map
Broadcast Technology Program of Study Map
Pathway Program of Study Map
Auto Body Repair Program of Study Map
Logistics Program of Study Map

Curriculum & Instructional Support

The CTE Curriculum & Instruction team’s mission is to provide CTE teachers with the tools they need to ensure student success in career, college and life. The CTE Curriculum and Instructional Support Unit is an educational team, with collectively almost 200 years of education experience, providing high-quality and broad-ranging Continuous Professional Development with a collective. The Curriculum and Instructional Support Team serves the CTE teachers by helping to raise the effectiveness of their practice through the development of instructional tools, various professional development events, a multiple tiered approach to coaching.

* Access to this resource require users to have a CPS username and password. If you have forgotten your password please reset it at the CPS Password Administration site. *

Please click here to navigate to the Curriculum & Instructional Support site.

Work-Based Learning Resources

Work-Based Learning is a critical part of making Career and Technical Education a worth-while endeavor for our students.

Please click here for news and resources for Work-Based Learning.

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