Career Technical Education (CTE)


M-DCPS Career Technical Education (CTE) is impacting the lives of Miami-Dade County students preparing them to be college and career ready through programs of study and career pathways aligned to Career Clusters. CTE students graduate with world-class academic and technological skills, plus industry-recognized certifications necessary to transition to higher education and careers.

CTE students may also earn free college credits through dual enrollment, college and technical center articulation agreements or achievement of a state-articulated industry certification.

Industry certifications are an important component of Career Academies and CTE Programs verifying that students have demonstrated technical skill attainment. Select industry certifications have been approved at the state level for free college credits awarded to students.

Career Academies

Career academies combine a college-preparatory curriculum with a career-themed focus, aligned to Career Clusters. Students enrolled in career academies follow a sequential CTE program of study that leads to industry certification and opportunities to earn postsecondary credit and scholarships.

National Academy Foundation

Many career academies are members of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts with rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise.

M-DCPS offers 49 programs in the five career themes of Engineering, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality & Tourism, and Information Technology at 28 high schools.

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

Some of the most exciting and satisfying times of a CTE student’s education can be his/her experience in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) contests and leadership activities. CTSOs are a basic component of CTE programs that provide students with skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career field.

Students have the opportunity to compete at the district, region, state and national levels for the promotion of teamwork, occupational excellence, leadership and citizenship.