Programs of Study

The Texas Education Agency Division of College, Career, and Military Preparation has engaged members of the workforce, secondary education, and higher education to advise on the development of programs of study, including coherent sequences of courses, industry-based certifications, and work-based learning to ensure students are prepared for in-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers in Texas.
State code describes a program of study as a coordinated, nonduplicative sequence of academic and technical content at the secondary and postsecondary level that:
  • Incorporates challenging state academic standards
  • Addresses academic, technical, and employability skills
  • Aligns with the needs of industries in the state, regional, and/or local economy
  • Progresses in specificity, beginning with all aspects of industry and leading to more occupation-specific instruction
  • Has multiple entry and exit points that incorporate credentialing
  • Culminates in the attainment of a recognized postsecondary credential
The statewide Programs of Study parallel with 14 career clusters:
Programs of Study
Programs of Sudy

A PoS reflects current occupations and represents most career pathways.  These documents are designed for students but can also be used with administrators, counselors, teachers, business and industry representatives, and parents.  PoS contain lots of helpful information, including the core courses and career-related electives in high school that will help prepare students for their career goals.

Texas Genuine has produced an online career guidance tool that allows you to respond to questions and identify your top three Career Clusters™ of interest based on your responses.  Consider taking this assessment if you’re not sure what career clusters your interests fall into before choosing a program of study.

Though all core courses are incorporated as part of the planning process, Programs of Study at CSA primarily focus on a student’s elective choices.  One of the primary goals of the PoS is to align CTE (Career and Technical Education courses) with a student’s career & post-secondary goals.  For graduation plans at CSA, CTE courses are primarily elective courses.

Programs of study can be the centerpiece of the guidance program and help students plan an individualized coherent educational path.  Programs of study can be the basis for a student’s Personal Graduation Plans (PGP). A PGP includes a student’s chosen endorsement(s). 


Currently, Chaparral Star Academy offers 2 of the Statewide Programs of Study (PoS) under 2 different career clusters:



Under the Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster, CSA offers the
Design and Multimedia Arts PoS.
(denoted as DesMultArts on Personal Graduation Plan)



Under ALL of the Career Clusters (Multidisciplinary), CSA offers the
General Studies PoS**
(denoted as GenStud on Personal Graduation Plan)


**The General Studies PoS is very similar to the “4×4” plan, which is not career-specific, but is COLLEGE PREPARATORY.   The focus of Chaparral Star Academy is geared toward preparing a student for the rigor of a 4-year university. Courses offered reflect the most current expectations for college entrance and preparedness. Whereas our options for numerous career-specific elective courses is limited, students have the opportunity to create an academic foundation for postsecondary success.




Coherent sequences of CTE courses parallels the mission of the career clusters. A coherent sequence is a sequence of career-specific elective courses that a student can take through a Program of Study under a Career Cluster to help him/her achieve career-ready skills in the cluster most closely related to the program of study chosen. The program of study represents the entire course selection of a student, and the coherent sequence is a specific path of electives. At CSA, each Program of Study offered has a corresponding coherent sequence of courses that is 3-4 career-specific elective courses a student takes throughout his/her high school career.

Below, find more information on each of the first three Programs of Study offered at CSA (along with the corresponding highlighted coherent sequence of courses offered under that Program of Study):