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 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.
Course RevisionsThe following courses were revised for implementation during the 2019-2020 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- Aerospace Technology I (8487)
- Aerospace Technology II (8422)
- Biomedical Engineering (formerly Bioengineering) (8467)
- Biotechnology Foundations in Technology Education (8468)
- Cybersecurity in Manufacturing, Advanced (8496) – New
- Geospatial Technology I (8423)
- Geospatial Technology II (8424)
- Imaging Technology (8455, 8474)
- Materials and Processes Technology (8433, 8478)
- Renewable Energy (8408)
- Automation and Robotics (PLTW) (AR8475) – New
- Design and Modeling (PLTW) (DM8476) – New
- Flight and Space (PLTW) (FS8479) – New
- Green Architecture (PLTW) (GA8479) – New
- Magic of Electrons (ME8479) – New
- Medical Detectives (PLTW) (MD8479) – New
- Science of Technology (PLTW) (ST8479) - New
Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE
The Safety Best Practice Guide for CTE-This is a Word document. is a collection of best practice resources used to assist school divisions in the development of a local safety school safety plan.
- Technology Education Course Listing-This is a Word document.
- Essential Competency List for Technology Education (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Technology Education
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide - See Equipment for CTE Programs
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association (TSA)
Provides the application and integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular instruction, leadership development, competitive events and related programs. For more information, visit the CTSO web page.
Federal and State Labor Laws for Youth Work-Based Learning – Know the Rules-This is a Word document. is a resource that compares federal and state labor laws for nonagricultural and agricultural occupations, parental exemption, and prohibited and hazardous occupations as they relate to youth work-based learning.
- Licensure Regulations for School Personnel – Technology Education
- Leadership and Professional Development Regions-This is a Word document.
- Career Planning Guide
- Manufacturing Skills Institute
- Project Lead the Way
- Virginia Technology and Engineering Education Association (VTEEA)
- International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)
- Virginia Children's Engineering Council (VCEC)
- Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
- Virginia Association for Career and Technical Education (Virginia ACTE)