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Access to Career Technical Education for students with a disability (ACTE-SPED) aid is designed for a student with a disability who requires curriculum modifications and other supplemental services (such as an assessment) to participate in Career Technical Education (CTE) programs. Access to Career Technical Education for a Student with a Disability is funded similar to all other special education programs per Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.76. A student selected for CTE programs must meet the state definition of a child with a disability (Minnesota Statutes, section 125A.02) in order to use ACTE-SPED aid.
Access to Career Technical Education services under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.454 enables a student with a disability to participate in Career Technical Education programs based on their assessed career interests and abilities. CTE services and supports are provided by licensed staff who meet Professional Educator’s Licensing and Standard’s Board requirements. Licensed staff provide the needed curriculum accommodations or modifications and other supplemental services, which are documented within the student's individualized education program (IEP).
Experiential Learning Activities for career awareness, such as job shadowing, work-place visits, informational interviews, are activities that can take place within special education or Career Technical Education programming. As a student with a disability enters grades 11 and 12, his/her IEP may reflect education and training leading to the outcome of competitive, integrated employment.
To be eligible to receive funding under Minnesota Statutes, section 124D.454, districts must submit a Secondary Career and Technical Education Program Approval Form
found on the CTE Program Approval webpage. Subsequent to the district receiving program approval for the CTE work experience program, the district may submit a form for pre-approval of expenses for contracted services or special equipment. Pre-approval forms are submitted with a rationale for purchase and a copy of the services contract or product pricing information for special equipment. After expenses are approved and purchased, submit the final approval along with a copy of the paid invoice.
Once an expense has received final approved, expenditures are reported on the ACTE-SPED web application system and through the state’s Uniform Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards (UFARS) using Finance Code 835, Program 380.
ACTE-SPED is now part of the Education Identity and Access Management (EDIAM) security system. All users must create an EDIAM account. Your district/charter school's EDIAM Identified Official with Authority (IOwA) must authorize your access. The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) cannot authorize user access. User access is recertified annually by the district/charter EDIAM IOwA. Please refer to the Data Submissions main page
for more details.
Specific legal requirements and best practices for districts with a state-approved CTE work-experience program that are requesting ACTE-SPED aid, to be signed and submitted with ACTE-SPED pre-approval form and copies of contracts for services or estimates of equipment expenses. A Reference Guide to Minnesota Work-Based Learning Programs
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