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Program Approval


Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs offered in Utah's public education system must meet state program standards and be approved by the Utah State Board of Education. State CTE program funds may be used only for approved CTE programs.

Program Standards and Evaluation Criteria

Program standards and evaluation criteria are available for a number of uses aimed at developing or improving secondary CTE programs. CTE educators and program staff should use these standards for self-evaluation, goal setting, continuous improvement, and long-range planning. Standards will also be useful to state program specialists in monitoring, evaluating, and providing technical assistance.

The Utah CTE Program Approval Standards can be found at each program area website. Please refer to the appropriate link below to access these standards and evaluation criteria. This information may be helpful at any time to determine the criteria for effective programs.

Program Approval


Agricultural Education

william[dot]deimler[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(William Deimler) 

Business and Marketing Education

laura[dot]deshazo[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Laura deShazo)

College and Career Awareness

ashley[dot]higgs[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Ashley Higgs)

CTE Administration

brian[dot]olmstead[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brian Olmstead)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

pearl[dot]hart[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Pearl Hart)

Health Science Education

rachel[dot]bolin[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Rachel Bolin)

Information Technology Education

brandon[dot]jacobson[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Brandon Jacobson)

Skilled and Technical Sciences Education

dave[dot]milliken[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Dave Milliken)

Technology and Engineering Education

doug[dot]livingston[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Doug Livingston)

Work-Based Learning

travis[dot]cook[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Travis Cook)

Educator Licensing

CTE instructors must hold approved educator licenses and endorsements for courses they are teaching. These credentials, along with the current teaching assignments, must be entered into the state’s CACTUS system prior to November 15th each year, or if hired after November 15th, as soon as possible. District CTE directors can use various CACTUS reports to monitor teacher qualifications.

Annual Survey Procedures

CTE program supervisors and/or instructors at each school will complete the Annual CTE Program Approval Survey by department, indicating whether the general CTE standards are met for a CTE program. This will be accomplished through the Data Gateway, using as a basis, the established Utah CTE Program Approval Standards. The information entered into the survey is compiled electronically at the Utah State Office of Education. Summary results will be made available to state program specialists and district CTE directors. The primary purposes of this survey are to:

  1. provide information to the state program specialist regarding statewide inservice needs, and
  2. identify technical assistance needs at districts and schools.

The Annual CTE Program Approval Survey is due by October 1st each year.

Onsite Review Procedures

Onsite program evaluations will be conducted on a three-year rotating schedule. Evaluation teams, coordinated by state CTE program specialists, will use the Utah CTE Program Approval Standards to assess the quality of CTE programs. Evaluation team members will document observations, commendations, and areas needing improvement. State CTE program specialists will follow-up with district and school staff regarding areas needing improvement.

FY18 Program Approval Schedule

Membership Reporting and Auditing

At the end of each school year (June 30th), districts report CTE teachers, courses, and membership to the state through the UTREx system. This system verifies teacher credentials and assignments with CACTUS. LEA data quality validations are available in the Data Gateway and should be monitored throughout the school year.

District membership audits are conducted to determine accuracy of reported data. These audits are conducted between September and March on a three-year rotating schedule. Final results are used to determine CTE add-on funding and CTE maintenance-of-effort requirements for districts.

Three-Year Audit Schedule

For more information on district CTE membership audits, contact Wendi[dot]Morton[at]schools[dot]utah[dot]gov(Wendi Morton), CTE Coordinator.

Procedures for Approval of New CTE Programs

To request a new CTE program the school representative submits a formal application. The Procedures for Approval of New CTE Programs contains detailed information on the approval process.