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NY CTE Work Based Learning


Work-Based Learning

Conduct a review and assure that work-based learning experiences are available to all students within the program.  If these opportunities fall under the definitions of Cooperative Education (Co-op) or Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP), assure that these programs are approved by the NY State Education Department and that the teachers hold the appropriate certification extensions.  Verify documentation that any work being performed by youth follows appropriate federal/state labor laws and other requirements.  Assure that Work-Based Learning experiences are directly related to the students’ program of study. 


Resources and Guidance

SED Implementation Guide to CTE Program Approval, Section E

2001 Regents Policy on CTE

Perkins Act

CTE Technical Assistance Center of NY – Approval Process and Best Practices (Work Force Development)

SED CTE Unit Work-Based Learning:  

DOL Laws Governing the Employment of Minors:

NYS Work Experience Coordinators' Asssociation:


Checklist of Elements relating to Work-Based Learning

Checkbox Description of all work-based learning activities and evidence of alignment to the CTE program’s curriculum
Checkbox State approval for Co-op and CEIP programs as required
Checkbox Appropriate supervision of all work-based learning activities, including certification where needed
Checkbox Documentation of compliance with labor laws and other regulations/guidelines
Checkbox Documentation of knowledge and skills to be developed during the work-based learning experience
Checkbox Credit for external work-based learning activities is awarded according to SED regulations and guidelines
Checkbox Methods in place to ensure a close working relationship among the school and employer


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