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CTE Programs Of Study

Endorsements & Programs of Study

In the State of Texas there are five Endorsement Areas for high school students. The Endorsement Areas consist of Arts and Humanities, Business and Industry, Multidisciplinary, Public Service, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Endorsements consist of a related series of courses that are grouped together, by interest or skill set, into a Program of Study. For example, within the Endorsement Area of Business and Industry there is a wide array of CTE Programs of Study such as Welding Technology, Accounting, Animal Science, Business Management, and many more for students to select as a Program of Study.

Programs of Study (POS) provide a framework for bridging academic and technical instruction in a sequenced pathway that expands, rather than limits, opportunities for today’s learners. These sequences:

  • Incorporates challenging state academic standards
  • Addresses academic, technical, and employability skills
  • Aligns with the needs of industries in the state, region, and/or local economy
  • Progresses in specificity, beginning with all aspects of industry and leading to more occupation specific instruction
  • Has multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing and certifications
  • Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential

CTE Programs of Study Resources

Endorsement Area Videos & Programs of Study Information

Browse the categories below to see the Programs of Study.

View the full Program of Study sheet for each program (Google folder opens in new window).

  • The Programs of Study in bold can fulfill a STEM endorsement if the math and science requirements are met (Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics or Principles of Technology).

    Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources

    • Agricultural Technology & Mechanical Systems
    • Animal Science
    • Plant Science

    Architecture and Construction

    • Architectural Drafting & Design
    • Carpentry
    • HVAC and Sheet Metal
    • Electrical
    • Plumbing & Pipefitting

    Arts, Audio/Video Technology, and Communications

    • Graphic Design & Interactive Media
      • Graphic Design Pathway
      • Animation Pathway
    • Digital Communications (Audio/Video)

    Business, Marketing, and Finance

    • Business Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Marketing & Sales

    Hospitality & Tourism

    • Culinary Arts


    • Robotics & Automation Technology
    • Manufacturing Technology (Machining)
    • Welding

    Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

    • Automotive Collision & Repair
      • Automotive Technology Pathway
      • Collision Repair Pathway

    Other AISD Programs of Study within this Endorsement

    • Journalism



  • The Programs of Study in bold can fulfill a STEM endorsement if the math and science requirements are met (Algebra II, Chemistry, and Physics or Principles of Technology).


    • Cosmetology
      • Partnership with Clarendon College

    Education & Training

    • Teaching & Training

    Health Science

    • Healthcare Therapeutic
      • CMA/EMT/PCT Pathway
      • Dental Pathway
      • Pharmacy Pathway

    Law & Public Service

    • Law Enforcement
    • Legal Studies

    Other AISD Programs of Study within this Endorsement

    • JROTC

  • The bolded Engineering and Information Technology Programs of Study can fulfill the Business & Industry endorsement if the math and science requirements are not met.


    • Engineering Foundations

    Information Technology

    • Information Technology Support & Services
    • Cybersecurity

    Other AISD Programs of Study within this Endorsement

    • Advanced Math
    • Advanced Science



    • Fine Arts
    • Languages Other Than English (LOTE)
    • Social Studies



    • Pathway A, B, or C

College Credit Opportunities

There are two ways to earn college credit through CTE programs, Articulated Credit and Dual Credit. The tabs below contain more information on each type of credit, and the courses offered within each type of credit.

Articulated Credit

Articulated Credit is credit earned in a high school CTE course that aligns with an equivalent college course. Each year, Amarillo ISD and Amarillo College faculty review and revise Articulated course offerings.

Dual Credit

Amarillo College’s Dual Credit program offers qualified high school students an opportunity to earn college credit while completing high school requirements. Within CTE Programs of Study, there are opportunities for students to earn technical dual credit through Amarillo College while taking high school CTE courses in their chosen pathway. Technical dual credit leads to coursework required to earn a level I or level II certificate, or an associate of applied science degree. Learn more about the Amarillo College Dual Credit program (Opens in new window).