The technology education program provides experiences that lead to the development of technologically literate people. At the elementary school level, students are introduced to technology and begin learning to use it in the classroom. At the middle school level, students considering a career in technology may explore the subject in several overview courses. At the high school level, students take courses to prepare them for technical or professional programs of higher education, such as technical programs, STEM careers, engineering or architecture.
Consistent with their abilities, interests, and educational needs, students completing a technology education program will achieve the following goals:
- Comprehend the dynamics of technology, including its development, impact, and potential.
- Employ the technological processes of problem-solving, creating and designing.
- Analyze the behavior of technological systems and subsystems, including the tools, materials, processes, energy, time, information, and people involved in systems.
- Apply scientific principles, engineering concepts, and technological systems in the processes of technology.
- Discover and develop personal interests and abilities related to a wide variety of technology-oriented careers.
- 2013-2014 Calendar of Events (PDF)
- Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (PDF) – for Technology Education licensure endorsement requirements, see 8VAC20-22-230 on page 39
- Essential Competency List for Technology Education Service (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Leadership and Professional Development Regions (PDF)
- Equipment Resource Guide – see Equipment for CTE Programs
- Virginia Technology Student Association (VATSA)
- Project Lead the Way
- Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
- Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC)
- Technology Education Higher Education Programs – There are three universities in Virginia that provide higher education academic support for technology education. These universities offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, and statewide professional workshops/courses.