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What is CTI?

CTI stands for Career Technical Instruction. It is a specialized intervention service designed to support high school students with disabilities enrolled in Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education (CTAE) classes. The goal of CTI is to help these students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce after graduation.

CTI services can be provided in a variety of ways, including:

  • Consultative support: The CTI coordinator works with the classroom teacher to provide advice and support on how to adapt the curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of the student with a disability.
  • Direct instruction: The CTI coordinator provides direct instruction to the student with a disability, either in a small group or one-on-one setting.
  • Work-based learning: The CTI coordinator helps the student with a disability find a job shadow or internship that will give them real-world experience in their chosen field.

How does CTI work?

The CTI coordinator works with the student, their parents, and the classroom teacher to develop an individual CTI plan. This plan outlines the student’s specific needs and goals, as well as the specific services that will be provided.

The CTI coordinator then works with the student to provide the services outlined in the plan. This may involve providing direct instruction, consulting with the classroom teacher, or helping the student find a work-based learning experience.

The CTI coordinator also monitors the student’s progress and makes adjustments to the plan as needed.

How to get your school involved in CTI

If you are interested in getting your school involved in CTI, there are a few things you can do:

  • Talk to your school’s special education department: The special education department can help you learn more about CTI and how to get your school involved.
  • Contact your state’s CTI office: Most states have a CTI office that can provide resources and support to schools.
  • Attend a CTI training workshop: There are many CTI training workshops available that can help you learn more about CTI and how to implement it in your school.

Benefits of CTI

CTI can provide a number of benefits for students with disabilities, including:

  • Increased academic achievement
  • Improved social skills
  • Enhanced career readiness
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Reduced drop-out rates


CTI is a valuable service that can help students with disabilities succeed in career technical education. If you are interested in getting your school involved in CTI, there are a number of resources available to help you get started.

Call to action:

  • Contact your school’s special education department to learn more about CTI.
  • Visit your state’s CTI office to find resources and support.
  • Attend a CTI training workshop to learn more about how to implement CTI in your school.