The Federal Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV)
calls for states to offer programs of study (POS), which local educational agencies and postsecondary institutions may adopt as an option for students participating in
career and technical education (CTE).

pos report

The State of Illinois is dedicated to ensuring that all students have access to rigorous and relevant educational opportunities that prepares them for success in college and careers. In order to achieve this goal, all Illinois educational systems must work collectively and collaboratively to create an aligned educational structure that improves student learning. Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which combine challenging academic coursework with relevant, career-focused content, are uniquely positioned to respond to this challenge.

Illinois CTE provides students with the academic and technical skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century knowledge and skills based economy. Students participating in these programs are held to specific and reliable industry based learning standards which ensures that they are fully prepared for both postsecondary education and the high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand career of their choice.

The purpose of this page is to provide ongoing information to those interested regarding the implementation of Illinois CTE Programs of Study and the 16 Career Clusters.

What are Career Clusters?
What are Career Pathways?
What are Programs of Study (POS)?

Programs of Study are sequences of courses that incorporate a non-duplicative progression of secondary and postsecondary elements which include both academic and career and technical education (CTE) content.  POS starts at the ninth grade and continues through the first two years of post secondary education.  POS should include:

  • Opportunities for Dual Credit
  • Industry-Recognized credential or certificate
  • Associate or baccalaureate degree
Why a Career Clusters Framework?
Guilding Principles of Illinois Programs of Study


Leadership, Organization and Support
Programs of Study are developed, supported and led with guidance from collaborative Partners.


Access, Equity and Opportunity
Each and every student has access to educational opportunities and services that enable their success.


Alignment and Transition
Education and training providers, with input from business and industry, enhance alignment that facilitates student transition through the educational pipeline.


Enhanced Curriculum and Instruction
Curriculum and pedagogy involve rigorous and relevant instruction that enhance learning and enable students to attain academic and technical standards and credentials.


Professional Preparation and Development
Comprehensive and continuous professional development that impacts teaching and learning is delivered to enhance the recruitment, preparation and retention of qualified instructional and administrative staff.


Program Improvement and Accountability
Data are collected, shared and utilized to improve outcomes and demonstrate accountability.
How are Programs of Study (POS) put to use for students?

Programs of Study "implementation plans" are still being finalized.  To help understand the process, click here for: Programs of Study Implementation Model - draft

Click below for Programs of Study information...
Where can I get more information on Programs of Study?

Contact high school CTE teachers or counselors, or visit these websites: