Special Populations are identified in the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V) as CTE students that are eligible for additional support and services to help ensure program accessibility and assist them in overcoming barriers that may limit their opportunity for success. Currently, there are nine special populations.

  1. Students with disabilities
  2. Students from economically disadvantaged families, including low-income youth and adults
  3. Students preparing for nontraditional fields
  4. Single parents, including single pregnant women
  5. Out-of-workforce individuals
  6. English Learners
  7. Homeless students described in Section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  8. Youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system
  9. Youth with a parent who is a member of the armed forces and is on active duty 

Super Strategies to Support Special Populations                    Special Populations Resources

The below video series was created to give a quick overview of each special population under Perkins V: 

Individuals with Disabilities
Economically Disadvantaged Individuals


Students Preparing for Nontraditional Fields
Single Parents


Out-of-workforce Individuals
English Learners


Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
Foster Care Involved Youth


Youth with a Parent in the Armed Forces