Program Management, Accountability, & Finance

The Office of College and Career Readiness is responsible for administering state and federal programs that serve the career and technical training needs of Missouri high school students, postsecondary students, adults, and industry.

The office administers program standards, approvals, evaluation, accountability, and funding to support career and technical education programs and services in high schools, area career centers, and community colleges.


This webinar provides information on the February cycle Graduate Follow-up submission.

Enhancement Grant

Enhancement Grant

FY 2023 

FY 2024


Career and Technical Education Program Approval


Application for Approval of Career and Technical Education Programs

The Application for Approval of Career Education Programs will be accepted September 1 to May 1 for the following school year.  Questions regarding the application can be addressed to Dr. Roger Barnes, Coordinator of Career Education, at or 573-751-3500.


Application for Approval of Career and Technical Education Programs

Submit the Postsecondary Career Education Program Approval Request form to Roger Barnes, Coordinator of Career Education, at the same time a new program approval request is submitted to the Department of Higher Education.

DESE staff will follow the approval process through the Department of Higher Education’s website.  Once the program is approved by the Coordinating Board for Higher Education, the appropriate section director will have the program added to our approved program listing.

Program Directory

2022-23 Program Directory

2021-22 Program Directory

2020-21 Program Directory

2019-20 Program Directory

2018-19 Program Directory

2017-18 Program Directory

Note:  This document is continuously updated as new programs are approved.  If any corrections need to be made, please call 573-751-3524.

Secondary approved program lists may be accessed via the Core Data Web application system or here: Approved Course List


Program Statistics
Program Standards

The Division of Career and Technical Education has developed the Common
Standards for Career and Technical Education Programs. The six common standards

  • Program Management and Planning,
  • Curriculum,
  • Instruction,
  • Professional Development,
  • Career and Technical Student Organizations, and
  • Instructional Facilities and Equipment.

These standards, along with the supporting quality indicators, were
designed to provide guidance and direction to local school districts
in establishing, maintaining, and evaluating career education

During the development of the Common Standards, input was
provided by teachers and administrators. This input was critical
to ensure that the Common Standards were reflective of what
represents exemplary career education programs across the state.

Common Program Standards (pdf)

Program Evaluation

Report for Local Program Quality Improvement

Word version (fillable form)
PDF version (fillable form)

The Report for Local Program Quality Improvement serves as a tool for school districts to use for program evaluation and improvement.  Aligned with the Common Standards for Career Education Programs, the Report should be used to evaluate local career education programs to determine where exemplary programs and activities exist and where improvements should be made.  The use of this tool should positively impact student performance as measured by MSIP and Perkins accountability standards.

For each program standard, the program reviewer should: 

Review each program standard and the accompanying indicators and make a determination as to which of the five options best answers each indicator; and

Complete the Overall Summary by identifying the overall strengths and strategies for improvement based on the strengths and strategies for improvement for each program standard.

Note:  There are five additional indicators for Agricultural Education programs.  These are to be completed by Agricultural Education programs only.  The results of these additional indicators should be considered in the overall strengths and strategies for improvement of the program.

Questions regarding the Report for Local Program Quality Improvement should be directed to Roger Barnes at or (573) 751-3500.

Administrative Resources

Guide to Developing a Written Evaluation Plan for Career Education (pdf)