Articulation Agreements & Programs of Study

Articulation agreements provide the framework for secondary career and technical education (CTE) schools and programs to link to similar postsecondary programs at one of Maine's community colleges. The articulation connects or links a student's career pathway to one of Maine's Career Clusters. These agreements allow students to earn dual college or escrow credits at the secondary and/or postsecondary level. Additionally, CTE students who participate may complete a significant portion of a national industry-recognized skill credential.

The Maine Department of Education has compiled the documents below to provide sample agreements and to help people understand the differences between articulation agreements, enhanced articulation agreements and programs of study.

  • Comparison of Articulation, Enhanced Articulation and Program of Study. This table compares the basic elements of articulation agreements, enhanced articulation agreements and programs of study. It also provides a quick reference regarding the Perkins requirements in terms of quantity, due dates, participants, etc.
  • Simple Articulation Agreement (RTF, 1.1MB). A planned process linking secondary CTE programs to postsecondary CTE programs.┬áThese agreements allow student to earn dual credits (both secondary and postsecondary credit) or escrow credits, which are given to matriculated students following successful completion of a college’s identified number of credit hours.
  • Enhanced Articulation. A systematically planned process linking a secondary CTE school program to a postsecondary CTE system program. Unlike the Simple Articulation Agreement above, which can be implemented from institution to institution, the Maine Enhanced Articulation Agreement is used between secondary CTE schools and postsecondary CTE systems that offer similar career and technical programs. The postsecondary articulation will cross all Maine community colleges that offer similar CTE programs. The secondary programs will have to meet the requirements of the community college's system-wide articulation to qualify. Maine Enhanced Articulation Agreements between secondary CTE programs and postsecondary institutions must allow students to earn a minimum of three college credits.
  • Program of Study. A planned sequence of courses that integrates high-quality core academic knowledge with technical and occupational skills and knowledge to provide secondary CTE students with a pathway to postsecondary CTE education and career pathways.