New CTE Graduation Option

FLDOE announces new Career and Technical Education Graduation Pathway Option

Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, a student may earn a standard high school diploma through the Career and Technical Education (CTE) pathway option.

To earn a standard high school diploma through this pathway option, a student must:

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 18 credits.
  • Have a minimum, cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Meet the requirements of
    • 4 English credits (including the statewide grade 10 Reading assessment or the grade 10 ELA assessment, or earn a concordant score)
    • 4 Math credits (including the statewide Algebra I EOC assessment, or earn a comparative score)
    • 3 Science credits
    • 3 Social studies credits
  • Complete two credits in career and technical education. The courses must result in a program completion and an industry certification.
  • Complete two credits in work-based learning programs. A student may substitute up to two credits of electives, including one-half credit in financial literacy, for work-based learning program courses to fulfill this requirement.

Career Academies

Career academies combine a college-preparatory curriculum with a career-themed focus, aligned to Career Clusters. Students enrolled in career academies follow a sequential CTE program of study that leads to industry certification and opportunities to earn post-secondary credit and scholarships.

Florida Career and Professional Education (CAPE) Act


CAPE Academies were formed under the Florida CAPE Act, which was created to provide a statewide planning partnership between business and education communities, to expand and retain high-value industry, and sustain a vibrant state economy.


CAPE Academies prepare students for high-wage, high-skill, high-demand careers, and must meet state requirements to register and continue as CAPE academies. There are 192 registered CAPE Academies in Miami-Dade.


· FL-DOE CAPE Act Industry Certification Information


Many career academies are members of the National Academy Foundation (NAF), an acclaimed national network of high school career academies predominately based in urban districts with rigorous, career-themed curricula created with current industry and educational expertise. These career academies are aligned with the One Community One Goal initiative targeting major industries that impact Miami’s economy.

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College and Career Readiness

M-DCPS Career Technical Education (CTE) is impacting the lives of Miami-Dade County students preparing them to be college and career ready through programs of study and career pathways aligned to Career Clusters. CTE students graduate with world-class academic and technological skills, plus industry-recognized certifications necessary to transition to higher education and careers.


CTE students may also earn free college credits through dual enrollment, college and technical center articulation agreements or achievement of a state-articulated industry certification.

Free College Credit for Students


Articulation agreements allow students to earn college or technical center credits from participation in a high school CTE program of study. M-DCPS has articulation agreements with Miami Dade College, M-DCPS Technical Centers and other local institutions.

· Career Pathways Programs of Study

Preparing Students for Miami’s Future Workforce

Several of Miami-Dade’s CTE programs are aligned with the One Community One Goal initiative targeting major industries that impact Miami’s economy.


· Beacon Council One Community One Goal
· One Community One Goal Course School List


Select industry certifications have been approved at the state level for free college credits awarded to students.


· Industry Certifications Earning College Credit

Florida Bright Futures

Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (GSV) Award
The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program has helped more than 660,000 Florida students attend a postsecondary institution. CTE students have the opportunity to qualify for the Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars Award, one of three of the Bright Futures Awards.

· Bright Futures Student Handbook
· Comprehensive Course Table (CCT)

College and Career Readiness

Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO)

Some of the most exciting and satisfying times of a CTE student’s education can be his/her experience in Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) contests and leadership activities. CTSOs are a basic component of CTE programs that provide students with skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career field.
· Miami-Dade CTE Student Organizations

For more information...

Contact your program area CTE Instructional Supervisor or Educational Specialist.