Since achieving federal recognition as a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO), the Future Educators Association (FEA) has become eligible to function as part of a cocurricular program of study for students interested in education-related careers. Schools that choose to offer a state-approved Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study can receive funds made available by the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act of 2006.

To learn more about CTSOs and Perkins funding, read this 5-question FAQ or check out the website for the National Coordinating Council of CTSOs. Fun Fact: FEA Executive Director Dan Brown will serve as board chair for the National Coordinating Council of CTSOs for the 2014-2015 year.

If you are interested in developing a state-approved CTE program of study for students interested in education-related careers, check out the info for the Education & Training Career Cluster.

Examples of Programs of Study

These are excellent examples of what a state-approved CTE program should look like that are currently being used in the listed states.

Mississippi – Teacher Academy
Teacher Academy is a pathway for students in the Human Science, Art, and Humanities career cluster. This high school curriculum was written to incorporate the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education learning standards. The Teacher Academy curriculum includes three major units: Teachers as Professionals; Principles of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment; and The Learning Environment. It can be delivered as four one-Carnegie-unit courses or two two-Carnegie-unit courses.

For more information, including assessment blueprints and course outlines, see the full description of the Teacher Academy.

West Virginia – Careers in Education
This four-course program of study, known as “Careers in Education,” was developed by the West Virginia Department of Education. The program is designed for high school students. Each course includes a description, standards, objectives, performance descriptors, and assessments.

Foundation in Education
Exceptionalities And Diversity
Educational Psychology and Learning
Human Growth and Development