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Career Technology Education Programs

Maryland's Career Technology Education (CTE) programs fall under ten career clusters, groupings of interrelated occupations that represent the full range of career opportunities in key economic sectors of Maryland’s economy.  

College and school administrators, counselors, and faculty members are using the career cluster system to develop programs that extend from high school to two-and four-year colleges/universities,  apprenticeship programs and the workplace.

The programs listed under each cluster are Maryland's model CTE program proposals.  Templates are available for local directors of CTE to use to obtain program approval.  Other helpful tools for directors are:

Arts, Media, and Communication

  • Graphic Communications (PrintED)​
  • Interactive Media Production (IMP)

Business Management and Finance

  • Business Management & Finance (BMF)
  • NAF​​ Academy of Finance

Construction and Development

  • ​Construction: Design & Management (CDM)
  • Construction: Maintenance (NCCER)
  • Cons​​truction: Trades (NCCER)​

Consumer Services, Hospitality and Tourism

  • Careers in Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts (ACF)
  • Food and Beverage Management (ProStart)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP)

Career Research and Development

  • Career Research and Development (CRD) Program Proposal
  • CRD Activities and Resources
  • CRD Syllabus Course I
  • CRD Syllabus Course II

Environmental, Agriculture & Natural Resources

  • Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH)
  • Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE)
  • Environmental Studies/ Natural Resources

Health and Biosciences

  • Academy of Health Professions
  • Biomedical Sciences (PLTW)
    • PLTW Implementation Guidelines

Human Resource Services

  • Fire Emergency Medical Training/High School Cadet​
  • Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)

Information Technology

  • IT Database Academy (Oracle)
  • IT Networking Academy (Cisco)
  • IT PLTW Computer Science

Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology

  • National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS)

  • Project Lead The Way Pre-Engineering (PLTW)

    • PLTW Implementation Guidelines

Transportation Technologies

  • Autobody/Collision Repair Technician

  • Automotive Technician

  • Medium/Heavy Truck Technician (Diesel)


Instructional Branch 

Marquita Friday, Program Manager

Student and Assessment Services Branch

Nicassia Belton, Program Manager

Systems Branch

Jeanne-Marie S. Holly, Program Manager

Division of Career and College Readiness

Tiara Booker-Dwyer
Assistant State Superintendent
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Fax: 410-333-2099