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Revised April 21, 2006



Methods of Administration Manual

Joseph B. Morton

State Superintendent of Education

Sherry Key, Interim Director

Career/Technical Education

Alabama Department of Education

P. O. Box 302101

Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101

Phone (334) 242-9111

Fax (334) 353-8861

No person shall be denied employment, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program or activity on the basis of disability, sex, race, religion, national origin, color, or age. Ref:  Sec. 1983, Civil Rights Act, 42 U.S.C.; Title VI and VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sec. 504; Age Discrimination in Employment Act; Equal Pay Act of 1963; Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972: Title IX Coordinator, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, Alabama 36130-2101 or call (334) 242-8444.




Purpose 4

Organization and Management 4


Local Program Application and Accountability Plan 5

Business/Industry Certification General Information and Guidelines 6


Instruction 11

Cooperative Education Programs 12

Career/Technical Education Student Organizations 13

Live Work 14

Safety Procedures 14


Pre-Enrollment 15

Priorities and Requirements for Enrollment 15

Enrollment 15

Students Who Are Disadvantaged 15

Students Who Have Disabilities 16

Program Completion 16

Placement of Completers 16


Teacher Certification 17

Teacher Work Loads 18


Advisory Councils and Committees 19

Community Involvement 19


Professional Development Plan 19

New Teacher Institute and New Administrator Academy 19

Business/Industry Awareness 20


Instructional-Related Expenses 20

Use of Career/Technical Funds 20


Student Files 20

System Files 20






Career/technical education (CTE) is a blend of academic, occupational, non-occupational, and life skills leading to further education and employment. The CTE instructional program is based upon the State Board of Education approved Career/Technical Education: Courses of Study that provides minimum content standards for instruction in current or emerging employment sectors and preparation for further education and life.

Secondary career/technical education in Alabama is an organized, instructional program in the following areas:

  • Agriscience Education

  • Business/Marketing Education

  • Career Technologies

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education

  • Health Science

  • Technical Education


Further education and employment are basic purposes of career/technical education. Career/technical education prepares students for optimum quality of individual and family life and to be more competitive in the world economy.

Organization and Management

Career/technical education is managed according to state and local strategic plans that establish the vision, mission, core values, and goals for the program. Local education agencies may adopt the state’s strategic plan as it’s organizational and management tool.

  • Vision: Career/technical education is a vital, progressive, and rigorous part of the total education system that provides students with life skills and prepares them as a workforce in which business and industry are confident.

  • Mission: Career/technical education provides resources and services that ensure student success in life and work.

  • Core Values:

    • Integrity First

    • Striving for Excellence

    • Always Professional

    • Loyalty in Service

    • Success Through Teamwork

  • Goals:

    • Promote the positive image of career/technical education.

    • Provide relevant and focused professional development.

    • Maintain effective partnerships to promote development of Alabama’s workforce.

    • Develop and utilize rigorous, progressive, and research-based career/technical education curricula.

    • Recruit and retain highly qualified career/technical teachers and administrators.

    • Increase the academic skills of career/technical students.

    • Exceed the requirements of state and federal legislation.

    • Improve articulation with postsecondary education.

    • Enhance and support the use of technology.

The vision, mission, core values, and goals are achieved through effective integration of the academic, technical, technological, and workplace readiness skills necessary to succeed in a diverse and global society. These components prepare students for postsecondary education, apprenticeship, employment, and life.

Career/technical education uses the following delivery systems:

  • Structured programs conducted in career/technical education centers and middle, junior, and senior high schools that provide instruction in the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse and global society and preparation for postsecondary education, apprenticeship, and employment.

  • Cooperative education that combines school-based instruction with work-based experience.

  • Career/technical student organization activities that are an integral part of the instructional program.


Local Program Application and Accountability Plans

Local boards shall submit an approvable Local Program Application and Accountability Plan (Local Application) as required by federal law and in accordance with the State Plan for Career/Technical Education. The Local Application is a part of the local education agency (LEA) Comprehensive Plan. The Local Application shall serve as a program improvement plan containing measurable goals and objectives. The Alabama State Department of Education (Department) shall approve continuation, deletion, and addition of local program components through the annual Local Application process.

  • Occupational programs shall be planned in collaboration with workforce development partners to meet community employment needs. Labor market information (LMI) data shall be used and local employment surveys shall be conducted to ensure that career/technical programming is appropriate to meet changing business and industry needs.

  • Local career/technical education advisory councils and committees shall participate in the process for planning and evaluation of long- and short-range goals and objectives.

  • All planning efforts toward program improvement shall reflect the goals and objectives of the career/technical education strategic plan.


Accountability components include the following:

  • Comprehensive LEA Monitoring (including Methods of Administration for the Office of Civil Rights). Career/technical education is one of nine areas reviewed under the Comprehensive LEA Monitoring Review program (Comprehensive Monitoring). The purpose of Comprehensive Monitoring is to review every LEA for compliance with appropriate laws and regulations. Technical assistance is provided relevant to the CTE area. Pre-monitoring technical assistance is offered at the CTE Administrator Academy and Annual Professional Development Conference. Other technical assistance is available upon request. In addition, CTE facilitates monitoring for compliance with Office of Civil Rights (OCR) requirements. Technical assistance for OCR monitoring is provided annually to LEAs.

  • ^ Business/Industry Certification. All CTE programs shall participate annually in a local evaluation for business/industry certification. Each program shall have a national or state-facilitated, on-site evaluation for business/industry certification at least every five years. All programs shall remain in compliance with business/industry standards at all times.

  • Electronic Data Collection. The strategies and data used in each program to assist students to meet or exceed the negotiated levels of performance shall be evaluated annually. All LEAs shall provide data required for federal reporting using the methods as prescribed by the Department. Funding may be withheld if required data is not reported in an accurate and timely manner.

  • ^ Extended Contracts. Each teacher with an extended contract (employment beyond a nine-month contract) shall file with the local career/technical administrator documentation of appropriate activities with timelines for any extended contract time. Required documentation includes an evaluation of appropriate CTE activities with timelines for completion.

Business/Industry Certification General Information and Guidelines

In 1998, Alabama business and industry persons developed a certification process that establishes and maintains a quality-oriented accountability system for the improvement and enhancement of Career/Technical Education. Business/Industry Certification (BIC) promotes program improvement that enhances the preparedness of Alabama’s students for society and tomorrow’s workforce. Alabama is the only state in the nation to require all CTE programs to certify to industry standards, either through the state’s BIC process or through a national certification process.


The BIC process is certified to the standards as developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and these standards are referred to as ISO 9001:2000 certification. The ISO 9001:2000 certification is process-based and recognizes organizations that link business objectives with operating effectiveness. ISO indicates that CTE demonstrates effective implementation of BIC documentation and records management; has the commitment of top management to local career/technical programs; has established clear policies; conducts good planning and implementation; performs good resource management; and has efficient process control, measurement, and analysis. The ISO certification ensures that the BIC process is quality-oriented, consistently administered, and focused on customer satisfaction.


The purpose of BIC is to ensure that CTE programs meet industry standards so that students will be equipped for postsecondary education, apprenticeship, employment, and life.

 All CTE programs in each local education agency (those programs supported through federal funds and/or programs that count toward maintenance of effort as determined by the level of spending in 1994-95) will meet BIC standards as determined and approved by the Department.

 The Department will determine the appropriate certification agency for all programs.

O Current national program certifying agencies are:

 Graphic Arts Education Research Foundation (GAERF) for graphic arts programs.

 National Association for Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) for automotive service technology, collision repair technology, and diesel technology programs.

 National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) for precision machining programs.

O Current state certifying processes are:

  • Business/Industry Certification (BIC).

  • Associated General Contractors (AGC) for all construction-related programs.

 The Department will use the business/industry certification for all programs that do not have a Department-approved national program certification process.

  • Teachers must possess specific knowledge and skills as prescribed by industry standards and the Department for a program to be certified to business/industry standards.

O Any teacher who holds a valid Class B or higher certificate or Alternative certificate, which is based upon a bachelor’s degree or higher, in the career/technical area being taught is considered certified to industry standards.

O Any teacher who does not hold a valid Class B or higher certificate or Alternative certificate, which is based upon a bachelor’s degree or higher, in the career/technical area being taught is required to meet industry certification requirements as determined by the Department.

O Teachers must continually maintain industry certification and/or teacher certification at a Class B or higher level to continue to be employed.

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