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Programs of Study

    Programs of study are getting a lot of press in the CTE world right now—and likely will well into the future. After all, to receive funding via Perkins IV, recipients (e.g., local education agencies and postsecondary schools) must have at least one program of study in place.

    What does that mean exactly? It means that schools must take a structured approach to delivering education that prepares students for postsecondary education and success. It means that students should begin their high-school course work with a plan in mind and then follow that plan so that they take a logical sequence of standards-based courses (both academic and career courses) that build on (not duplicate) each other—through grades 14 and/or 16. Finally, it means giving secondary students the opportunity to acquire postsecondary credit, industry certification, and/or a postsecondary degree.

    MBA Research Programs of Study

    To help you in the development of programs of study at your school and/or in your state, MBA Research has developed a number of different Program-of-Study (PoS) Resource Kits. These PoS Resource Kits (available free to all educators in member states via State’s Connection and to all others via our online store at nominal costs) can serve as starting points when creating Business Management and Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and/or Marketing programs of study.

    Each kit takes a holistic approach to each of the clusters, thereby providing students a broad foundation in business administration as well as a concentration in the cluster’s content.

    The MBA Research Program-of-Study Resource Kits contain:

    • A “Program of Study At a Glance” grid indicating the academic and career courses suggested for grades nine through fourteen of a business student’s education
    • Course descriptions for the program of study’s career courses
    • Rigorous, non-duplicated career-course learning outcomes based on validated national standards
    • Recommendations for CTSO and business involvement
    • Relevant professional associations and organizations
    • Possible certifications that students can acquire
    • Potential job opportunities at multiple educational exit points
    • Articulated courses
    • Performance indicators containing academic integration
    • A guide to share with secondary and middle-school guidance counselors
    • A promotional brochure for students
    • Promotional flyers for each course
    • A promotional poster