Department of Defense Education Activity

CTE: Standards

The Common Career Technical Core

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education. The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researchers. The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorporated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.

The process for developing the CCTC was informed by:

  • High-quality state and industry standards;
  • Input and guidance from educators, business and industry and state leaders; and
  • Feedback from the public.

The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clusters and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study. The CCTC also includes an overarching set of Career Ready Practices that apply to all programs of study. The Career Ready Practices include 12 statements that address the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are important to becoming career ready.

The DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS) for Career and Technical Education are adopted from the Common Career Technical Core. These standards are referenced as CCRS-CTE.

Standards for Individual Clusters and Pathways

Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster (AR)
Business Management and Administration Career Cluster (BM)
Education and Training Career Cluster (ED)
Government and Public Administration Career Cluster (GV)
Health Science Career Cluster (HL)
Hospitality and Tourism Career Cluster (HT)
Information Technology Career Cluster (IT)
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Career Cluster (ST)

Contact Information:

DoDEA CTE Information Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400