Innovative Courses—Organizations Other Than School Districts

Districts may use these courses only with the approval of the owning organization. All requirements of the owning organization must be met. Contact the owning organization directly for these requirements. For questions regarding the following innovative courses, contact the organization or individual listed in the table.   

Course Name  

Credit  

Description  

Contact  

Expiration  

Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar
(PDF)

1.0

AP Seminar is a foundational course that aims to equip students with the power to analyze and evaluate information with accuracy and precision in order to craft and communicate evidence-based arguments.

The College Board

2024–2025

Advanced Placement (AP) Research
(PDF)

1.0

In the AP Research course, students further their skills acquired in the AP Seminar course by understanding research methodology; employing ethical research practices; and accessing, analyzing, and synthesizing information as they address a research question.

The College Board

2024–2025

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) I
(PDF)

1.0

AVID l serves as an overview of the AVID philosophy and strategies. Students work on academic and personal goals, communication, and adjusting to the high school setting. Students increase their awareness of their personal contributions to their learning, as well as their involvement in their school and community. There is an emphasis on analytical writing, focusing on personal goals and thesis writing. College research includes financial topics and building their knowledge of colleges and careers of interest.

Barbara Copeland    bcopeland@avid.org  2024–2025
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) II
(PDF)
1.0 AVID II students refine the AVID strategies to meet their independent needs and learning styles. Students continue to refine and adjust their academic learning plans and goals, increasing awareness of their actions and behaviors. As students increase the rigorous course load and school and community involvement, they refine their time management and study skills accordingly. Students expand their writing portfolio to include analyzing prompts, supporting arguments and claims, character analysis, and detailed reflections. Lastly, students narrow down their college and careers of interest based on personal interests and goals. Barbara Copeland    bcopeland@avid.org  2024–2025
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) III
(PDF)
1.0 AVID III focuses on writing and critical thinking skills expected of first- and second-year college students. In addition to the academic focus of AVID III, there are college-bound activities, methodologies, and tasks that should be undertaken during the third year to support students as they apply to postsecondary institutions.  Barbara Copeland    bcopeland@avid.org  2024–2025
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) IV
(PDF)
1.0 AVID IV focuses on writing and critical thinking expected of first- and second-year college students. Students complete a final research essay project from research conducted in AVID III. In addition to the academic focus of the AVID IV, there are college-bound activities, methodologies, and tasks that should be achieved during the fourth year that support students as they apply to four-year universities and confirm their postsecondary plans.  Barbara Copeland    bcopeland@avid.org  2024–2025

Aerospace Engineering
(PDF)

1.0

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Aerospace Engineering ignites students’ learning in the fundamentals of atmospheric and space flight. Aerospace Engineering is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering program. The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of atmospheric and space flight.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20212022

Biomedical Innovation
(PDF)

1.0

In the PLTW Biomedical Innovation (BI) course, students will be asked to apply what they have learned to solve unique problems in science, medicine, and healthcare. Students will work systematically through required problems before completing optional directed problems or independent work.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20212022

Civil Engineering and Architecture
(PDF)

1.0

Civil Engineering and Architecture (CEA) is a course in the PLTW Engineering Program. In CEA students are introduced to important aspects of building and site design and development. They apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design both residential and commercial projects and document their work using 3D architectural design software.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20262027

Computer Integrated Manufacturing
(PDF)

1.0

PLTW Computer Integrated Manufacturing is one of the specialization courses in the PLTW Engineering program. The course deepens the skills and knowledge of an engineering student within the context of efficiently creating the products around us. Students build upon their Computer Aided Design (CAD) experience through the use of Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20242025

Engineering Design and Development
(PDF)

1.0

Engineering Design and Development is the capstone course in the PLTW high school engineering program. It is an open-ended engineering research course in which students design and develop an original solution to a well-defined and justified open-ended problem by applying an engineering design process.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20212022

Engineering Essentials
(PDF)
1.0 The purpose of the PLTW Engineering Essentials (EES) course is to provide a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning foundational concepts of engineering practice, providing students opportunities to explore the breadth of engineering career opportunities and experiences, and solve engaging and challenging real-world problems. Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org
20212022

Environmental Sustainability
(PDF)

1.0

PLTW Environmental Sustainability is a course in PLTW Engineering. In PLTW Environmental Sustainability, students investigate and design solutions to solve real-world challenges related to clean drinking water, a stable food supply, and renewable energy. Students are introduced to environmental issues and use the engineering design process to research and design potential solutions.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20212022

Functional Fitness
(PDF)

1.0

Functional Fitness is designed to teach sustainable fitness through core strength and conditioning, regardless of fitness level, body composition, or athletic ability.

Laurie Gotcher
FuseMove Inc.
Laurie@fusemove.com

20212022

Gateway
(PDF)

0.5–2.0

PLTW Gateway students are provided opportunities to investigate problems and apply a problem-solving or design process to creatively identify solutions. Students are introduced to problems and are asked to make connections throughout the lessons. Students learn and use methods for communicating design ideas through sketches, solid models, mathematical, and computerized models. Students work in teams to identify design requirements, research the topic, and engage stakeholders.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20212022

Human Body Systems
(PDF)

1.0

Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore deeply biological identity, communication, power, movement, protection, and homeostasis. Through individual and team activities, projects, and problems, students design experiments, investigate the structures and function of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary actions, and respiration.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org 

2021-2022

Introduction to Engineering Design
(PDF)

1.0

Students study the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to identify and design solutions to a variety of real problems. They work individually and in collaborative teams to identify, research, test, refine, develop, and communicate design solutions using industry practices, standards, and tools.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20212022

Leadworthy the Course
(PDF)
0.5 Leadworthy The Course is designed to develop personal responsibility, leadership, and professional skills through explicit social-emotional participatory learning experiences. Students will develop an understanding of what it means to be an effective member of the community through community service.
The Flippen Group
Tanya Peterson
Director of Operations
 
2023–2024

Medical Interventions
(PDF)

1.0

In the Medical Interventions (MI) - PLTW course students investigate the variety of interventions involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease as they follow the lives of a fictitious family. Through these scenarios students will be exposed to the wide range of interventions related to immunology, surgery, genetics, pharmacology, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

2021-2022

PeaceKeepers® I–II
(PDF)

1.0–2.0

This course is a peer mediation program offering selected middle and high school students the opportunity to work in a field experience practicum where they become trained mediators for their peers on their own campus or on feeder school campuses.

Robert M. Gonzales
Executive Director
paxUnited

2021–2022

Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL®) I–II
(PDF)

 

1.0

Peer Assistance and Leadership courses utilize the potential of youth to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities. PAL® nurtures and builds capacities to help youth develop protective factors, helping them to achieve school and social successes which lead to a productive life.

Workers Assistance
Program, Inc.
Dwayne Smetzer

2021–2022

Peers Accepting, Learning, and Sharing I–II
(PDF)

1.0

The Peers Accepting, Learning, and Sharing courses are intended to provide a field experience for young people who are potentially interested in careers in education and related helping professions.

Prevention Education Associates
serrano.ken@gmail.com

20212022

Principles of Biomedical Science
(PDF)

1.0

The Principles of Biomedical Science (PBS) - PLTW course provides an introduction to biomedical science through hands-on projects and problems. Students investigate concepts of biology and medicine as they explore health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, sickle-cell disease, hypercholesterolemia, and infectious diseases.

Project Lead The Way
Solution Center
877-335-PLTW (7589)
solutioncenter@pltw.org

20212022

Sports Medicine I
(PDF)

1.0

This course provides an opportunity for the study and application of the components of sports medicine including sports medicine, concepts of sports injury, athletic healthcare team, sports injury law, sports injury prevention, sports psychology, nutrition, recognition of injuries, emergency action plan and initial injury evaluation, first aid/CPR/AED, the injury process, immediate care of athletic injuries of specific body areas, skin conditions in sports, blood borne pathogens, thermal injuries, and special medical concerns of the adolescent athlete.

Texas State Athletic
Trainers' Association
(TSATA)
www.tsata.com

20212022

Sports Medicine II
(PDF)

1.0

This course provides a more in-depth study and application of the components of sports medicine including: CPR and AED certification, rehabilitative techniques; therapeutic modalities; prevention, recognition, and care of injuries to the head and face, spine, upper extremity, lower extremity; taping and bandaging; injuries to the young athlete; substance abuse in sports; and general health concerns in sports medicine.  

Texas State Athletic
Trainers' Association
(TSATA)
www.tsata.com

20212022

Sports Medicine III
(PDF)

1.0

This course will provide a logical progression for students that have advanced through the sports medicine courses and provide them with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills they have gained to athletic injury recognition, evaluation, management, treatment, and rehabilitation through research investigations and applications related to sports medicine.

Texas State Athletic
Trainers' Association
(TSATA)
www.tsata.com

20212022

Student Leadership
(PDF)

1.0

This course provides an opportunity to study, practice, and develop group and individual leadership and organizational skills. These skills include the structure of leadership, organization and managerial skills, citizenship, goal setting, group processes, and communication.

Texas Association of Secondary School
Principals (TASSP)
Cindy Kirby
cindy@tassp.org

2021–2022

 

Contact Information

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