Innovative Courses—Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education (CTE) innovative courses are eligible to meet the requirements of the three CTE endorsements. For questions regarding CTE innovative courses, contact Kelsey Kling.

Chapter 127. Career Development  

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General Employability Skills
(PDF, 90KB)

 

1.0

This course will provide instruction in general employability skills as well as the pre-requisite skills for general employability. Employability skills are the skills and attitudes that allow employees to get along with their co-workers, make important work-related decisions and become strong members of the work team.

TBD

Chapter 130. Subchapter A. Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources Cluster  

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Advanced Floral Design
(PDF, 85KB)

1.0

In this course, students build on the knowledge from the Floral Design course and are introduced to more advanced floral design concepts, with an emphasis on specialty designs and specific occasion planning. This course focuses on building skills in advanced floral design and providing students with a thorough understanding of the design elements and planning techniques used to produce unique specialty floral designs that support the goals and objectives of a specific occasion or event.

2026 - 2027

Agricultural Leadership, Research, and Communications
(PDF, 89KB)

1.0

Agricultural Leadership, Research and Communications focuses on challenging Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) students to use higher level thinking skills, develop leadership abilities, employ standard research principles, and communicate agricultural positions effectively with all stakeholders.

2026 - 2027

Introduction to Process Technology
(PDF, 89KB)

1.0

Introduction to Process Technology is the first of two courses that provide a pathway for the student to learn core competencies, as identified by industries using process technology and postsecondary institutions. This course will provide instruction which can lead to degree programs that support employment in energy, oil and gas process and refining, and chemical manufacturing industries.

2026 - 2027

Foundations of Energy
(PDF 281KB)

1.0 Foundations of Energy provides students with the fundamentals of Texas energy resources from conventional, unconventional, and renewable sources. Students develop knowledge and skills regarding career and educational opportunities in the production, transmission, and use of energy in Texas, including import and export markets for energy.
2026 - 2027

Oil and Gas Production III
(PDF, 83KB)

1.0

Oil and Gas Production III will provide students with the fundamentals of hydraulics and related systems. In this course, students will study well control practices applicable to drilling, completion and production. In this course, students will study well control practices, including well drilling and completion and oil production.

2026 - 2027

Oil and Gas Production IV
(PDF, 82KB)

1.0

Oil and Gas Production IV provides students industry based core competencies necessary for careers, certifications or degree programs in petroleum engineering technology. Current knowledge and technical aspects of the oil and gas industry will be reviewed with regard to the various operational functionalities of well completions under various wellbore conditions. This course prepares students to assess the effects of drilling through the production formation and, choose tools and procedures for completing a drilled wellbore.

2026 - 2027

Petrochemical Safety, Health, and Environment
(PDF, 90KB)

1.0

The Petrochemical Safety, Health, and Environment course is important to learn about environmentally sound work habits within the various process industries, including but not limited to, petrochemical plants, refineries, oil and gas production, and power generation.

2026 - 2027

Viticulture
(PDF, 96KB)

1.0

This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and practices of grape production and the aspects of environmental science that relate to successful management of grapevines.

2026 - 2027

Chapter 130. Subchapter B. Architecture and Construction  

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Pipefitting Technology I
(PDF, 87KB)

1.0

Students learn the types of work performed, responsibilities and career opportunities within the industry, and safety principles associated with pipefitting. Additionally, students will learn care, selection, and use of hand and power tools of the trade and ladder and scaffold safety, selection, construction, and the associated hazards. Oxyfuel cutting and associated safety procedures will be reinforced. Students will learn the maintenance, operation, and safety of motorized equipment. This class may lead to the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification.

2024 - 2025

Pipefitting Technology II
(PDF, 92KB)
1.0 Students will learn about, be able to identify and install various types of piping systems and valves. Students learn to read detail and drawing sheets and how to use mathematics to solve problems related to Pipefitting construction. Students will also be educated in how to prepare, fabricate, and assemble threaded pipe, socket weld, and butt weld installations. Excavating per Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards as well as grading and elevations of trenching and backfilling will also be taught. The course may lead to National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certification. 2024 - 2025
Pipefitting Technology I Lab
(PDF, 227KB)
1.0 In Pipefitting Technology I Lab, students will learn the basic pipefitting knowledge and technical skills for employment in pipefitting technology with an emphasis on pipefitting laboratory principles and operating procedures. It also provides a real-world foundation for other construction- and manufacturing-related crafts. Topics include demonstration of safety principles associated with pipefitting, demonstration of proper use of pipefitter hand power tools. Oxyfuel cutting and associated safety procedures will be reinforced. 2024 - 2025
Pipefitting Technology II Lab (PDF, 211KB) 1.0 Pipefitting Technology II Lab builds on the basic pipefitting knowledge and technical skill development learned in Pipefitting Technology I for employment in pipefitting technology with an emphasis on pipefitting laboratory principles and operating procedures. It also provides a real-world foundation for other construction- and manufacturing-related crafts. Topics include identification and installation of various types of piping systems and valves, reading detail and drawing sheets and using mathematics to solve problems related to pipefitting construction. Students will prepare, fabricate and assemble threaded pipe, socket weld and butt weld installations. 2024 - 2025
Topographical Drafting
(PDF, 82KB)
1.0 Topographical Drafting focuses on knowledge and skills essential to map drafting. Emphasis is given to plotting of surveyors’ field notes, plotting elevations, contour drawings, plan and profiles, and laying out traverses. 2024 - 2025

 Chapter 130. Subchapter C. Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Cluster

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Video Game Programming
(PDF, 107KB)

1.0

Video Game Programming expands on the foundation created in Video Game Design through programming languages such as: C# programming, XNA game studio, Java, and Android App. In this course, students will investigate the inner workings of a fully functional role-playing game (RPG) by customizing playable characters, items, maps, and chests and eventually applying customizations by altering and enhancing the core game code.

2022 - 2023

Advanced Video Game Programming
(PDF, 84KB)

1.0

Advanced Video Game Programming students will be introduced to mobile application design and programming using Java and Eclipse for Android devices. Time will be spent learning basic Java programming and working with Android Studio to develop real working apps. Using Unity as an introduction to 3D game development, students will have exposure to and an understanding of: object-oriented programming concepts; game development skill with programs such as Unity; 3D modeling with programs such as Blender; image manipulation with programs such as GIMP; concepts related to the design process; and the ability to communicate and collaborate on group-based projects.

2022 - 2023

Chapter 130. Subchapter G. Government

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Dimensions of Diplomacy (PDF, 277KB)

1.0

Dimensions of Diplomacy is designed to allow students to master the Thirteen Dimensions that candidates interested in careers with the United States Department of State must demonstrate during the selection process for internships, scholarships, fellowships, and career opportunities. Students will develop global competencies, problem-solving, decision-making, professional communication and negotiation skills applicable to all clusters and professions but particularly relevant to international diplomacy and careers with multinational firms.

2025 - 2026

Chapter 130. Subchapter H. Health Science Cluster  
 

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Introduction to Speech Pathology and Audiology
(PDF, 92KB)

1.0

The Introduction to Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology course is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to the professions that specialize in communication disorders: speech-language pathology, audiology, hearing, and speech and language science.

2021 - 2021

Speech and Language Development
(PDF, 97KB)

1.0

The Speech and Language Development course provides for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to the speech and language acquisition and growth of developing children. A clear understanding of healthy speech development as well as the speech, language, and communication developmental milestones is a prerequisite for studying communication disorders.

2021 - 2022

Speech Communication Disorders
(PDF, 90KB)

1.0

The Speech Communication Disorders course is designed to provide for the development of advanced knowledge and skills related to an overview of communication disorders that occur in children and adults in the areas of speech sound production, stuttering, voice disorders, and the language areas of semantics, syntax, pragmatics, phonology, and metalinguistics.

2021 - 2022

Chapter 130. Subchapter J. Human Services Cluster  

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Barbering I
(PDF, 181KB)

3.0

Barbering I is an extended course of study that enables students to become licensed barbers through Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Barbering is one program of study that allows students to earn an industry certificate that launches them into a professional career immediately, yet also specifies rigorous core curricula that prepares the student to be successful in a post-secondary learning environment.

2023 - 2024

Barbering II
(PDF, 178KB)

3.0

Barbering II is an extended course of study that enables students to become licensed barbers through Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR). Barbering is one program of study that allows students to earn an industry certificate that launches them into a professional career immediately, yet also specifies rigorous core curricula that prepares the student to be successful in a post-secondary learning environment.

2023 - 2024

Esthetics
(PDF, 81KB)

1.0

Students enrolled in Esthetics will explore the practical skills of a skin care professional, including introduction to the treatment environment, basic facial treatments, hair removal, corrective skin care treatments, makeup application, special effects makeup application and the technology likely to be performed in a salon, spa, or clinical setting.

2023 - 2024

Microbiology and Safety for Cosmetology Careers
(PDF, 86KB)

1.0

Students who enroll in Microbiology and Safety for Cosmetology Careers will receive instruction in the microbial world, studying topics such as pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms, identification of microorganisms, drug resistant organisms, and emerging diseases.

2023 - 2024

Nail Care, Enhancements and Spa Services
(PDF, 86KB)

1.0

Nail Care, Enhancement and Spa Service students will demonstrate proficiency in academic, technical, and practical knowledge and skills (basic manipulative skills, safety judgments, and proper work habits).

2023 - 2024

Parenting Education I
(PDF, 137KB)

 

1.0

This course is designed to address the special needs and interests of students who are parents or expectant parents. Special emphasis is placed on prenatal care and development, postnatal care, infant care, child development, and parenting skills.

2023 - 2024

Parenting Education II
(PDF, 130KB)

 

1.0

This course provides more in-depth knowledge of parenting and child development including implications of expectations of children, child abuse, disabilities, and issues impacting young families such as employment, postsecondary education, transportation, child care, housing, and personal responsibility.

2023 - 2024

Chapter 130. Subchapter K. Information Technology Cluster  

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Foundations of User Experience (UX)
(PDF, 242 KB)
1.0 In Foundations of User Experience (UX), students will analyze and assess current trends in a fast-growing career field that creates meaningful, approachable, and compelling experiences for users of an array of products, services, and or initiatives of companies, governments, and organizations. Students will gain knowledge of introductory observation and research skills; basic design thinking and applied empathy methodologies; collaborative problem-solving and ideation; and interaction design and solution development (includes digital tools). 2022 - 2023

Internetworking Technologies I
(PDF, 104KB)

1.0

The Internetworking Technologies I course is normally comprised of the courses called Cisco CCNA R&S: Introduction to Networks (CCNA 1) and Cisco CCNA R&S: Routing and Switching Essentials (CCNA 2). The Introduction to Networks course introduces the concept of networking, using various analogies to help the student understand the movement of packets throughout the Internet, and the protocol standards used.

2022 - 2023

Internetworking Technologies II
(PDF, 81KB)

1.0

The Internetworking Technologies II course is normally comprised of the courses called Cisco CCNA R&S: Scaling Networks (CCNA 3) and Cisco CCNA R&S: Connecting Networks (CCNA 4) The CCNA 3 course covers the architecture, components, and operations of routers and switches in larger and more complex networks.

2022 - 2023

Introduction to C# Programming Applications
(PDF, 80KB)

1.0

Introduction to C# Programming Applications is a study of C# syntax including data types, control structures, functions, syntax and semantics of language, classes, class relations and exception handling.

2022 - 2023

Geographic Information Systems
(PDF, 99KB)

1.0

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a course designed to introduce students to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (RS) technology through academic study and applied instruction. Students will be introduced to terminology and concepts relating to GIS/RS technology and will apply these concepts through the use of GIS software programs.

2022 - 2023

Raster-Based Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
(PDF, 87KB)

1.0

This course introduces the principles of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data sets including raster-based information such as images or photographs. Students will study local problems and acquire information, including images or aerial photographs, process the data they acquire, and merge the acquired data with vector data. Students will plan, conduct, and present solutions for locally-based problems.

2022 - 2023

Spatial Technology & Remote Sensing
(PDF, 119KB)

1.0

This course is designed to provide students with instruction in GIS and RS technology. Students will receive instruction in standard geospatial extension software and geospatial tools, including global positioning systems (GPS), and continued training in GIS project management and problem solving.

2022 - 2023

 Chapter 130. Subchapter L. Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Cluster

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Disaster Response
(PDF, 101KB)

1.0

Disaster Response includes basic training of students in disaster survival and rescue skills that would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. Students will receive education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

2025 - 2026

Emergency Medical Technician—Basic
(PDF, 97KB)

2.0

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)—Basic instructs students to meet and exceed standard knowledge needed to be a valid Emergency Medical Technician. The curriculum includes skills necessary for a student to provide entry level emergency medical care, life support, and ambulance service.

2025 - 2026

Forensic Psychology
(PDF, 89KB)

1.0

Forensic Psychology is found at the intersection between psychology and the criminal justice system. It involves understanding criminal law in the relevant jurisdictions in order to be able to interact within the criminal justice system.

2025 - 2026

Legal Research and Writing
(PDF, 89KB)

1.0

Legal Research and Writing provides an introduction into the study and practice of legal writing and research. This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and tools used to conduct legal research, develop and frame legal arguments, produce legal writings such as briefs, memorandums, and other legal documents, study U.S. Constitutional law, and prepare for appellate argument(s).

2025 - 2026

 Chapter 130. Subchapter M. Manufacturing Cluster

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Occupational Safety & Environmental Technology I
(PDF, 92KB)

1.0

Occupational Safety & Environmental Technology (OSET) I students will investigate the field of Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Environmental Technology, which is charged with the tasks of ensuring that business and industry provide a safe workplace, free from hazards and bringing about a reduction in the occurrence of job related injuries and fatalities.

2024 - 2025

Occupational Safety & Environmental Technology II
(PDF, 116KB)

1.0

Occupational Safety & Environmental Technology (OSET) II students will analyze the accident sequence, investigate hazard control concepts and principles, and examine fire protection systems and their applications with emphasis on the fire prevention codes and standards.

2024 - 2025

Occupational Safety & Environmental Technology III
(PDF, 101KB)

2.0

Occupational Safety & Environmental Technology (OSET) III students will study a variety of national and worldwide health and safety problems, and learn preventative measures to resolve, reduce, and/or eliminate safety and health issues encountered at the workplace.

2024 - 2025

Basic Fluid Power
(PDF, 113KB)

1.0

Basic Fluid Power is an overview of automated manufacturing principles. It includes coverage of the manufacturing process, control systems, and measurement theory.

2024 - 2025

Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing Applications
(PDF, 129KB)

1.0

Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing Applications is an introduction to reading and interpreting working drawings for fabrication processes and associated trades. Students will learn sketching techniques to create pictorial and multiple-view drawings. Students will interpret working drawings including dimensions, notes, symbols, sections and auxiliary views.

2024 - 2025

Fiber Optic Technician
(PDF, 93KB)

1.0

Through a challenging curriculum encompassing design, installation, repair, and maintenance of high speed data systems, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become employed in a number industries.

2024 - 2025

 Chapter 130. Subchapter N. Marketing Cluster

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 Fundamentals of Real Estate  2.0 This course contains the curriculum necessary to complete the pre-licensure education requirements of the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) to obtain a real estate salesperson license. Includes the following TREC course materials: Principles of Real Estate I and II, Law of Contracts, Law of Agency, Real Estate Finance, and Promulgated Contract Forms. TBD

Retail Management
(PDF, 95KB)

1.0

Retail Management focuses on the distribution and selling of products to consumers using various vending points such as chain stores, department stores, stand-alone stores, and various online markets. The course highlights the everyday mechanisms necessary to operate a successful retail establishment.

TBD

Sports and Entertainment Marketing II
(PDF, 120KB)

0.5

Sports and Entertainment Marketing II is an advanced course designed to build upon students’ prior knowledge of sports and entertainment marketing. Students will develop a thorough understanding of advanced marketing concepts and theories as they relate to the sports and entertainment industries.

TBD

 Chapter 130. Subchapter O. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

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Digital Image Processing
(PDF, 79KB)

1.0

Digital Image Processing introduces the topic of how images (pictures) are represented in a way that computers can store them in memory, manipulate their pixels, display them, and analyze their contents.

2021 - 2022

 Introduction to Computer Aided Design and Drafting

1.0

 Introduction to Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), introduces students to CADD equipment, software selection and interfaces; setting up a CADD workstation; upgrading a computer to run advanced CADD software; storage devices; storing, retrieving, back-up and sharing databases; file servers and local area networks (LANs); and transferring drawing files over the Internet.

2021 - 2022

Intermediate Computer Aided Design and Drafting

1.0

In Intermediate Computer-Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), students develop practices and techniques used in computer-aided drafting, emphasizing the development and use of prototype drawings, construction of pictorial drawings, construction of three-dimensional drawings, interfacing two-dimensional and three-dimensional environments, and extracting data. Basic rendering techniques will also be developed. Emphasis is placed on drawing set-up; creating and modifying geometry; storing and retrieving predefined shapes; placing, rotating, and scaling objects; adding text and dimensions; using layers and coordinating systems; as well as using input and output devices

2021 - 2022

Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program I–IV  

1.0

TexPREP is offered as a formal out-of-school-time (OST) experience across four summers as students progress from TexPREP I through TexPREP IV. The mission of the program is to motivate and prepare middle and high school students for success in advanced studies leading to careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

2021 - 2022

Quality Assurance for Biosciences

1.0

Quality Assurance for the Biosciences is designed to introduce the student to quality principles and regulatory affairs as they apply to the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical, and the biomedical device industries. This course focuses on exploring online regulatory websites and discovering how new regulations arise and how to find and interpret them. This course requires students to participate in discussions related to bioethics and the controversial issues surrounding bioethics and regulations governing the biotechnology industry and quality assurance.

2021 - 2022

Engineering Applications of Computer Science Principles 

1.0

 This is a design-based high school course for students who want to expand and deepen their engineering design skills and habits of mind through the purposeful integration and application of computer science (CS) principles and practices. Developed by University of Texas, this hands-on course engages students in authentic, integrated engineering and CS practices in a project-based environment.

2021 - 2022

Chapter 130. Subchapter P. Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Cluster  

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Introduction to Shipboard Engineering
(PDF, 103KB)

1.0

Introduction to Shipboard Engineering is designed to provide training for entry-level employment and/or a basis for continuing education in shipboard engineering and merchant mariner credentialing.

2026 - 2027

Advanced Shipboard Engineering
(PDF, 110KB)

1.0

The Advanced Shipboard Engineering course includes advanced knowledge of the function, design, and relationships of the systems and components of propulsion and habitability systems.

2026 - 2027

Principles of Maritime Science
(PDF, 86KB)

1.0

The Principles of Maritime Science course is designed to instruct students in the principles of maritime science as outlined by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) directly related to the National Maritime Center and the Merchant Mariner Credentialing Program. Students

2026 - 2027

Maritime Science I
(PDF, 93KB)

1.0

Maritime Science I provides training for entry-level employment and a basis for continuing education in deck and piloting careers and merchant mariner credentialing. This course instructs students in progressing aspects of vessel piloting and navigation, safety of life at sea, voyage planning, shipboard damage control, and marine pollution.

2026 - 2027

Maritime Science II
(PDF, 87KB)

1.0

Students will develop new skills such as advanced navigation coordination; collision avoidance; briefing the command; electronic navigation theory; basic, routine, and emergency ship handling procedures; external communications; and other relevant knowledge, skills, and techniques.

2026 - 2027

Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation
(PDF, 242 KB)
1.0 The Introduction to Aerospace and Aviation course will provide the foundation for advanced exploration in the areas of professional pilot, aerospace engineering, and unmanned aircraft systems. Students will learn about the history of aviation, from Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas about flight to the Wright brothers and the space race. Along the way students will learn about the innovations and technological developments that have made today’s aviation and aerospace industries possible. The course includes engineering practices, the design process, aircraft structure, space vehicles past and present, and a look toward future space exploration. 2026 - 2027
(PDF, 87KB)
1.0 The Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Flight course is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment or continuing degrees in piloting UAV operations. This course is designed to instruct students in UAV flight navigation, industry laws and regulations, and safety regulations. Students are also exposed to mission planning procedures and environmental and human factors involved in the UAV industry. 2026 - 2027
Aviation Ground School
(PDF, 250 KB)
1.0 This course is designed to extend student interests in all aspects of aviation while preparing students to take the formal ground requisite exam for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) FAA Airman Knowledge Test which is required to obtain a private pilot’s license. The rigor of the course challenges students with complex aeronautical, engineering, weather, management and judgment concepts. Rules, regulations, obligations and commitments to discipline and focus are foundational throughout the course. 2026 - 2027

 

Contact Information

Curriculum Standards and Student Support Division
curriculum@tea.texas.gov
(512) 463-9581