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Division II - CTE Redesign

Division II revises several sections of Iowa Code, primarily chapter 258 – Vocational Education, but also chapter 256, 260C, and 261E. The six CTE services areas are maintained, but revised to align with the national Career Clusters® framework. The service areas will include agriculture, food, and natural resources; arts, communications, and information systems; applied sciences, technology, engineering, and manufacturing, including transportation, distribution, logistics, architecture, and construction; health sciences; human services; and business, finance, marketing, and management.

If you have any questions regarding the CTE Redesign Division II, please use the online submission form or by email at

Service Areas

With the passing of H.F. 2392 (CTE redesign) and federal CTE Reauthorization, the Department is providing technical assistance for all school districts interested in adding more information technology programs for the new CTE service area: Arts, Communication, and Information Systems.

Much of chapter 258 is modified to align with Secondary CTE Task Force recommendations. This includes repurposing of a long-dormant concept of regional partnerships, which going forward will be referred to as Regional Career and Technical Education Planning Partnerships. These partnerships will consist of districts, community colleges, business and industry, and other community stakeholders and will assist in providing for the effective, efficient, and economical delivery of high-quality secondary CTE programming.

Program Approval

Secondary CTE Program Self-Study Template

Self-Study for Facilities, Equipment, Operational and Related Program Functions


Past Events and Webinars

Tips and Techniques for Developing Programs - November 29, 2017 

Effective Advisory Councils - November 15, 2017

Program partnerships and Work-Based Learning - November 1, 2017

Utilizing Data - October 23, 2017

Overview of the CTE Program Approval Process - October 4, 2017

CTE Redesign Webinar - July 14, 2016
This informational webinar was conducted to elicit input on focus areas of the redesign of CTE.


Accounting Guidance for Regional Planning Partnerships

Guidance to Regional Planning Partnerships on Prioritizing Expenditures

Chapter 46 Overview and Guidance

Partnership Multi-year Plan Guidance and Template

CTE Redesign Implementation Report

CTE Redesign HF 2392 Summary

Iowa’s Realigned CTE Service Areas

CTE Task Force Final Report

Regional Planning Partnerships Bylaws Template

What to Consider When Budgeting and Expending RPP Funds

Information Solutions

  1. Foundational standards and benchmarks have been updated and modernized by a team of IT experts from Iowa’s community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, Iowa STEM Council, the Technology Association of Iowa, and business and industry. The team is also developing standards for the four career pathways within this cluster and service area – network systems, information support and services, web and digital communications, and programming and software development.
  2. The Department established specific Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code identifiers for the four career pathways mentioned above and will be offering webinars in the near future for school districts to learn more.
  3. The Bureau of Educational Examiners (BoEE) has created a new CTE Information Technology Endorsement which requires new teachers to take 12 credits of computer science to teach in this area. For teachers who are not currently CTE instructors or enrolled in CTE Education Programs, CTE courses will also be required. More information about the endorsement requirements, as well as qualifications for submitting waivers, is available on the BoEE’s website.
  4. Computer science legislation signed into law this springs calls for the Department to convene a computer science work group consisting of educators, higher education representatives, and stakeholders from business and industry. The group will work with BoEE to create a computer science endorsement to mirror the CTE Information Technology endorsement.

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 22, 2018 at 7:38am.