Innovative Courses—Other Electives

 

 

 

 

For questions regarding the following innovative courses, contact the individual listed in the table.   

Course Name  

Credit  

Description  

   

Expiration  

Braille
(PDF, 91KB)

1.0

This course provides instruction in pre-braille skills, tactual discrimination, the reading and writing of the braille code, and the development of efficient braille reading including fluency and comprehension. The braille reading and writing course emphasizes the conventions and mechanics of braille.

Karin Miller

TBD

Coca-Cola Valued Youth Tutoring
(PDF, 144KB)

1.0

The Coca-Cola Valued Youth Course is part of a research-based dropout prevention program where students considered at-risk of dropping out of school are placed as tutors of elementary students, enabling them to make a difference in their own lives. The student tutors meet their elementary students four times a week to teach them basic concepts.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

College Transition
(PDF, 128KB)

1.0

College Transition is a high school course designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to be active and successful learners both in high school and in college.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

Community Transportation
(PDF, 185 KB)
1.0
The purpose of this course is to introduce knowledge and skills to empower students to research and access public transportation options in their respective communities. Areas to be addressed include pedestrian and rider safety, navigating public transportation systems, use of technology, and general social skills, including self-advocacy, self-assertiveness, and transportation etiquette. Kelsey Kling 2020–2021

G/T Interdisciplinary Study Mentorship I–IV
(PDF, 78KB)

0.5–1.0

This course, based on the Exit Level Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) for gifted/talented (G/T) students, offers a non-traditional learning experience to those students who have the ability to create innovative products or performances.

Monica Brewer

2019–2020

Innovative Thinking
(PDF, 78KB) 
1.0  Innovative Thinking teaches innovation as a process that can be applied to any subject or career. This course prepares students for college and career by developing 21st century skills, including creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Students are introduced to the innovative thinking framework which includes five themes: creativity, storytelling, design, collaboration, and entrepreneurship. Kelsey Kling 2022-2023

Logic I-II
(PDF, 71KB)

0.5

Logic I will provide content in informal logic which includes logical fallacies, inductive reasoning, strong versus weak and fallacious arguments, and probability. Logic II offers content in formal logic, or the logic that pertains to pure reasoning in the abstract – deductive reasoning, valid or invalid arguments, and certainty.

Jim Doris

2019–2020

Navigating Life with Hearing Loss
(PDF, 232KB)

1.0

The purpose of this course is to provide the necessary information, resources, and opportunities that will empower students who are deaf or hard of hearing to effectively apply information and skills learned in educational, home, and community settings in order to facilitate achievement in secondary and postsecondary environments.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

Making Connections I
(PDF, 91KB)

0.5

The Making Connections course sequence serves students who have an autism spectrum disorder or a related disorder which causes them to have difficulty with social skills. This course assists the students in developing an understanding of autism and other related disorders.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

Making Connections II
(PDF, 89KB)

0.5

The Making Connections course sequence serves students who have an autism spectrum disorder or a related disorder such as social (pragmatic) communication disorder which causes them to have difficulty with social skills.  The courses also assist students with developing and generalizing appropriate and beneficial social skills and in turn increases the student’s postsecondary outcomes.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

Making Connections III
(PDF, 82KB)

0.5

The Making Connections course sequence serves students who have an autism spectrum disorder or a related disorder such as social (pragmatic) communication disorder which causes them to have difficulty with social skills. The courses also assist students with developing and generalizing appropriate and beneficial social skills and in turn increases the student’s postsecondary outcomes.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

Making Connections IV
(PDF, 113KB)

0.5

The Making Connections course sequence serves students who have an autism spectrum disorder or a related disorder such as social (pragmatic) communication disorder which causes them to have difficulty with social skills. The courses also assist students with developing and generalizing appropriate and beneficial social skills and in turn increases the student’s postsecondary outcomes.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

Methodology for Academic and Personal Success (MAPS)
(PDF, 83KB)

1.0

The course focuses on the skills and strategies necessary for students to make a successful transition into high school and an academic career. Students explore the options available in high school, higher education, and the professional world in order to establish both immediate and long-range personal goals.

Kelsey Kling

2021–2022

Orientation and Mobility for Students with Visual Impairments
(PDF, 163KB)

1.0

The Orientation and Mobility for Students with Visual Impairments course focuses on skills and strategies that enhance essential travel skills. These travel skills enable students with visual impairments and blindness to access all of the educational environments in which they will be involved.

Barney Fudge

2020-2021

Path College Career I
(PDF, 170KB)

 

0.5–1.0

The Path-College/Career Prep courses advance intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness, dependability, emotional stability, and perseverance through tasks that foster deeper levels of thinking and reasoning in the four core content areas. Path courses focus on developing the habits and skills that are expected in college study and the workforce.

Kelsey Kling

2019–2020

Path College Career II
(PDF, 173KB)
0.5–1.0 The Path-College/Career Prep courses advance intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness, dependability, emotional stability, and perseverance through tasks that foster deeper levels of thinking and reasoning in the four core content areas. Path courses focus on developing the habits and skills that are expected in college study and the workforce. Kelsey Kling 2019–2020
Path College Career III
(PDF, 173KB)
0.5–1.0 The Path-College/Career Prep courses advance intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness, dependability, emotional stability, and perseverance through tasks that foster deeper levels of thinking and reasoning in the four core content areas. Path courses focus on developing the habits and skills that are expected in college study and the workforce. Kelsey Kling 2019–2020
Path College Career IV
(PDF, 174KB)
0.5–1.0 The Path-College/Career Prep courses advance intellectual curiosity, conscientiousness, dependability, emotional stability, and perseverance through tasks that foster deeper levels of thinking and reasoning in the four core content areas. Path courses focus on developing the habits and skills that are expected in college study and the workforce. Kelsey Kling 2019–2020

Peer Assistance for Students with Disabilities I–II
(PDF, 191 KB)

0.5-1.0

Peer Assistance for Students with Disabilities is designed to promote an inclusive educational environment for special education students. Peer assistants assist teachers in general education and special education settings by helping to facilitate inclusion in the classroom.

Jessica Snyder

2021–2022

 

Contact Information

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