Career and Technical Education

CTE at IDEA enhances our college for all mission, allowing students to explore career fields that mirror the job market and landscape of our nation’s economic growth. Students use these experiences to select the Major and University that will equip them for life beyond our classrooms.

12 Programs of Study with coursework starting at the 8th grade level.

All Programs of Study 8th Grade9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Nursing Science
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Principles of Nursing Science of NursingClinical Ethics Practicum in Nursing or Pathophysiology (Science Credit)
Graphic Design & Multimedia Arts
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Principles of Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications Commercial Photography I/Lab Commercial Photography II/Lab Practicum in Commercial Photography
Engineering
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Principles of Applied Engineering Engineering Design and Presentation I Engineering Design and Presentation II Practicum in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Engineering (PLTW)
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW) Engineering Science (Science Credit) Aerospace Engineering (PLTW) Engineering Design and Development (PTLW)
Legal Studies
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Court Systems and Practices Advanced Legal Skills and Professions Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Healthcare Therapeutics
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Principles of Health Science Medical Terminology Health Science Theory Practicum in Health Science or A&P (Science Credit)
Biomedical Science (PLTW)
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW) Human Body Systems (PLTW) Medical Interventions (PLTW) Biomedical Innovation (PLTW)
Biomedical Science
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Biotechnology I (Science Credit) Biotechnology II (Science Credit) Medical Microbiology (Science Credit) Pathophysiology (Science Credit)
Cybersecurity (Computer Science)
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) AP Computer Science Principles AP Computer Science A (Math & LOTE Credit) Cybersecurity Independent Study in Tech Apps
Programming & Software Development (Computer Science)
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) AP Computer Science Principles AP Computer Science A (Math & LOTE Credit) Game Programming and Design Independent Study in Tech Apps
Law Enforcement
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security Law Enforcement I Law Enforcement II Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Animal Science
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CTE Touch System Data Entry (Fall) / Professional Communications (Spring) Small Animal Management Advanced Animal Science (Science Credit Veterinary Medical Applications Practicum in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
  • Regions:
  • RGV
  • San Antonio
  • Austin
  • El Paso
  • Agribusiness

  • Palmview
  • Animal Science

  • Palmview
  • Biomedical Science

  • Alamo
  • Mays
  • Riverview
  • Robindale
  • San Benito
  • Tres Lagos
  • Biomedical Science (PLTW)

  • Health Professions
  • Cybersecurity

  • Edgemere
  • Mesa Hills
  • San Benito
  • Digital Multimedia

  • Toros
  • Electives

  • Carver
  • Converse
  • Donna
  • Eastside
  • Edinburg
  • Ewing Halsell
  • Frontier
  • Ingram Hills
  • Mission
  • Montopolis
  • Walzem
  • Engineering

  • Brackenridge
  • Harlingen
  • North Mission
  • Pflugerville
  • Rio Grande City
  • San Juan
  • Engineering (PLTW)

  • Los Encinos
  • Entrepreneurship

  • Sports Park
  • Graphic Design & Multimedia Arts

  • Bluff Springs
  • Owassa
  • Pflugerville
  • Quest
  • Rio Vista
  • Rundberg
  • Healthcare Therapeutics

  • Edgemere
  • Kyle
  • Quest
  • Law Enforcement

  • Elsa
  • Legal Studies

  • Kyle
  • Parmer Park
  • Nursing Science

  • Elsa
  • Judson
  • Mesa Hills
  • Rio Grande City
  • Weslaco
  • Programming & Software Development

  • Alamo
  • Brackenridge
  • Mays
  • North Mission
  • Owassa
  • Pharr
  • Rio Vista
  • Riverview
  • Robindale
  • Rundberg
  • San Juan
  • Tres Lagos
  • Weslaco
  • Weslaco Pike

Helpful Resources

For questions about CTE Programs, please contact your campus directly.

View Program of Study Descriptions (PDF)

Our Student Application is now Open!

We are now accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year for Ohio, Florida, and the majority of Texas schools. Whether you are new to IDEA or have a new sibling coming to IDEA, be sure to submit your application.