Pathways and Programs of Study Resources

This page houses resources that supported the implementation and improvement of pathways and programs of study, in addition to sharing the working documents used by the Illinois Programs of Study Planning Team.

Career Pathways

Career Pathway Implementation

Research Studies and Reports

State Information

Career Clusters

Career Clusters

Illinois Career Cluster Models (FANS) 

Secondary Pathways and Programs of Study


Postsecondary Pathways and Programs of Study


Professional Development

Career Clusters and Programs of Study: Connecting School to Careers
Kathleen Oertle (OCCRL), Dora Welker (ISBE), and Kristy Morelock (ICCB) presented at the Illinois School Counselor Association Conference, Springfield, IL on April 23, 2010.

Clusters, Pathways, and Programs of Study
Aime’e Jullian (ICSPS), Kristy Morelock (ICCB), Cathy Kirby (OCCRL), and Kathleen Oertle (OCCRL) presented at the Connection Conference on March 10th, 2010.

Career And Technical Education: A Mechanism To Support Successful Transition for All Students?
OCCRL staff Kathleen Oertle presented at the State Special Education Directors’ Conference on August 5th, 2009.

Programs of Study Guiding Principles Presentation
OCCRL staff Cathy Kirby and Natasha Jankowski presented on March 24, 2009.

Introduction to Perkins IV and Illinois Programs of Study: The Critical Role of Counselors  
OCCRL staff Cathy Kirby and Kathleen Oertle presented a 2-hour workshop to Springfield area secondary school counselors on January 21, 2009.

Self-Assessment Tools

The Programs of Study Self-Assessment Workshop is designed to provide stakeholders in programs of study (state policymakers, secondary and postsecondary administrators, faculty, and staff, and business professionals) a better understanding of the Self-Assessment protocol designed by the state and to provide a guided understanding of this protocol and its usefulness in Programs of Study implementation.

Programs of Study Self-Assessment Tools

June 11, 2009 Workshop:

The fourth Self-Assessment Workshop took place on June 11th, 2009 in the Trutter Center at the Lincoln Land Community College from 9:30am-3:30pm.

May 8, 2009 Workshop

The third Self-Assessment Workshop (Chicago City Colleges Partnership) took place on May 8th, 2009 at the Malcolm X Community College (1900 W. Van Buren Chicago, IL) from 8:30am-3:30pm.

Feb. 4, 2009 Workshop

The second Self-Assessment Workshop took place on February 4th, 2009 in the Fogelson Theatre in the Center for Contemporary Technology Building (T Building) at the Moraine Valley Community College from 10:30-3:00.

Dec. 10, 2008 Workshop

The first Self-Assessment Workshop took place on December 10th, 2008 in the Lincoln Room at the IHotel at the University of Illinois from 10:00-3:00.

Illinois Programs of Study Planning Team Working Documents


NOTE: This archive contains documents and resources used in the planning and development of Illinois Programs of Study. Some documents are DRAFTS of final documents and may be outdated.

An Introduction to Illinois Programs of Study 








Documents from Initial Advisory Group Meetings:

Matrix outlining several of the strategies on local implementation of Programs of Study within community colleges and K-12 school districts, along with a brief overview of what relevant literature says about the strategies, and a section for committee members to supply what best practices have shown to be in Illinois.