Career & Technical Education

Career and Technical Education is a Division of the Arkansas Department of Education
Career and Technical Education

The Arkansas Career and Technical Education (CTE) Division supports the national vision for CTE, Putting Learner Success First: A Shared Vision for the Future of CTE, and in particular, the five key guiding principles of this vision, namely:

  • All CTE programs are held to the highest standards of excellence
  • All learners are empowered to choose a meaningful education and career
  • All learning is personalized and flexible
  • All learning is facilitated by knowledgeable experts
  • All systems work together to put learner success first

What is CTE? (Video)                                              CTE: Learning that Works for America (Video)

Archived Documents

CTE Coordinators

Industry Certifications

Operational Guide

Policies and Procedures

Public Presentations

Technical Assistance


Arkansas Department of Career Education (ARCareerEd) processes technical permits, and some education approvals, through the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Educator Licensure Division. All technical permit applicants must pass background checks and other traditional licensure requirements.

Review more information on educator licensing

Career and Technical Education (CTE) helps students acquire skills needed to begin the path to their occupational goals. Upon completion of the CTE program area courses, students will possess marketable job skills as well as college and career readiness skills needed to be successful in their chosen career path.

Learn more about our Occupational Programs Areas

“Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (Perkins V) (Public Law 115-224) reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and will go into effect on July 1, 2019. It is the principal source of federal funding to states for the improvement of secondary and postsecondary career and technical education programs.

Learn more about the Perkins V: Arkansas State Plan Updates

The Program Areas in ARCareerEd develop and offer various content-related professional development sessions for teachers, administrators, and CTE coordinators. These sessions are held at various locations across the state to enable all to participate. The following page contains a list of upcoming professional development sessions and registration information.

More information on all CTE Professional Development


Work-Based Learning (WBL) is defined as a structured learning experience at the worksite for a specific timeframe that leads to a career path (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). WBL programs contain three key components: the alignment of classroom and workplace learning; application of academic, technical, and employability skills in a work setting; and support from classroom and worksite mentors (cte.ed.gov/wbltoolkit).

Learn more about Work-Based Learning