program of study


A coordinated, non-duplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:

  1. Incorporates challenging state academic standards.
  2. Addresses both academic and technical knowledge and skills, including employability skills.
  3. Is aligned with the needs of industries in the economy of the state, region, tribal community, or local area.
  4. Progresses in specificity
  5. Has multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing.
  6. Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential. A program of study provides students with a strong experience in and a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of industry.​

“Program of study” vs. “program”: A program of study prioritizes a connection from secondary to post-secondary levels. The term “program” is used differently in the field. Therefore, it is important to note that there are distinctions between a program of study and a program, and the terms are not interchangeable.