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 Special Populations


​​​​​​​​​​Support Programs

The CTAE Division of the Georgia Department of Education offers two (2) intervention programs to support students in Special Populations groups identified in the federal Carl D. Perkins V legislation. These programs are not only designed to provide support for students to succeed in CTAE pathway courses, but also to facilitate successful transition into post-secondary education, career, military, or other training programs.

Career and Technical Instruction (CTI)​

    The CTI program is a specialized intervention service designed to support high school students with disabilities that are enrolled in CTAE career pathway courses.

    The primary goals of the program are to provide appropriate learning supports in the CTAE environment, instruction, and opportunities that will result in the attainment of entry level job skills, self-determination skills, and transition skills at the completion of their career, technical and agricultural experience.

    CTI services are provided by CTI Coordinators in CTAE classroom and lab environments. Services may be consultative, collaborative, or co-teaching. Consultative services are the state model and are the most commonly used.

  • CTI Coordinator Role
  • CTI Coordinator Handbook
  • An option also exists for CTI Coordinators to teach CTI courses in a separate classroom. These courses DO NOT constitute a pathway. These courses provide for “world of work”/pathway relationship study, transition skills development, and actual workplace experiences.


CTI Course Numbers and Descriptions

  • 32.01100 - Career Technical Instruction I
  • Provides a year-long intervention program for students with disabilities enrolled in vocational programs; provides vocational assessment, counseling and guidance, support services and curriculum adjustment, a system to foster positive self-image, an individualized educational program (IE), a career ladder and transitional services from school to work or post-secondary training. Stresses transitional services needed for job placement and/or continued education.

  • 32.01200 - Career Technical Instruction II
  • Enhances level-one competencies; provides more in-depth study of the vocational program and continues individualized support assistance and transitional services.

  • 32.01300 - Career Technical Instruction III
  • Enhances level-two competencies; intensifies study in vocational laboratory programs and emphasizes developing skills to complete a transitional plan for successful employment and/or continued education. Work Based Learning and on-the-job training opportunities are available for students enrolled in this course.​​

  • 32.01400 - Career Technical Instruction IV
  • Enhances level-three competencies, emphasizes direct contact with potential employers and job sites. These work settings may be provided by the Coordinator and/or Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors. After researching careers and occupations, it introduces job readiness, visits to businesses and industries appropriate for special populations, and tours of postsecondary vocational programs for students that are eligible. The final support and transition service provided by the CTI programs in full-time employment.

Coordinated Career Academic Education (CCAE)/Project Success (PS)

    The CCAE/PS intervention program is designed to support students in special populations groups who are determined to be “at risk” of failure and/or dropping out of school. The mission of CCAE/PS is to provide educational, academic, and occupational services to assist students in becoming responsible and productive citizens. These support services provide additional opportunities for students to enhance academic and employability skills in their chosen CTAE pathway. Through participation in CCAE/PS support services, students in grades 9—12 learn about and prepare for the world of work through achievement in academic classes, CTAE pathways, and participation in a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) aligned with career goals. CCAE/PS courses do not constitute a pathway.

    CCAE/PS Course Numbers and Descriptions with Link to Standards

Pathway Resources

​FAQs about Special Populations

Curriculum Documents Project Success

What We’re All About

Professional Organizations

The purpose of the Georgia Association of Career Educators for Special Needs Populations (GACESNP) is to promote interest and develop quality in all phases of education for special populations. The organization encourages professional growth and cooperative interaction among all individual groups involved in special populations; and works for favorable legislation, working with parent organizations& to maintain active state Career and Technical Education leadership.

Work–Based Learning

  • ​​Develop and disseminate work-based learning objectives to all appropriate support programs using C-Net
  • Provide related activities in the support programs that promote understanding of career development
  • Provide updated web page for training, planning, and developmental program opportunities in all related services
  • Implement Georgia Board of Education-approved standards
  • Georgia Work-Based Learning Manual
  • CTI Work-Based Learning Manual

Professional Development

  • Update teachers on current trends in selected areas pertaining to program interest
  • Provide staff development for teachers in the development of instructional strategies for special education students
  • Provide a network of resources for statewide opportunities for teachers and students
  • Provide professional development activities for programmatic updates

 Contact Information

Paula Poulicek
Program Specialist, Career, Technical and Agricultural Education
Phone: (404) 656-3042
Email: ppoulicek@doe.k12.ga.us