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.
NEW: A Strategic Review of Technology Education: Preparing Students for Successful Transition to College and Careers -This is a PDF document. (PDF) – This review represents a culmination of state and national research and extensive input from stakeholders representing business and industry, secondary and postsecondary educators, students, and professional organizations. Additionally, it reinforces the need for secondary education to be responsive to current and future trends in technology and engineering education.
Instructional ResourcesThe following courses were revised for implementation during the 2017-2018 school year. All curriculum frameworks are available through VERSO from the CTE Resource Center:
- Sustainability and Renewable Technologies (8414)
- Communication Systems (8415, 8148)
- Construction Technology (8431, 8432)
- Technical Drawing and Design (8435, 8434)
- Engineering Drawing and Design (8436, 8493)
- Architectural Drawing and Design (8137, 8492)
- Graphic Communications Systems (8458, 8494)
- Digital Visualization (8459)
- Inventions and Innovations (8461, 8464, 8485, 8454, 8456)
- Technological Systems (8462, 8463, 8486, 8457, 8477)
- Introduction to Technology (8463, 8482, 8484, 8481, 8480)
- Aerospace Engineering (PLTW) (8428) *
- Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW) (8430) *
- Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW) (8439) *
- Digital Electronics (PLTW) (8440) *
- Principles of Engineering (PLTW) (8441) *
- Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW) (8442) *
- Engineering Design and Development (PLTW) (8443) *
*The tasks have not changed. For these courses, please refer to the Administrative Planning Guide (APG) for changes to other course elements.
- Technology Education Course Listing-This is a Word document.
- Essential Competency List for Technology Education Service (Virginia's CTE Resource Center)
- Administrative Planning Guide for Technology Education
- Industry Credentialing
- Equipment Resource Guide - See Equipment for CTE Programs
Virginia Association of the Technology Student Association (TSA)
Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)
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.
WBL is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of on-the-job experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries or other organizations in the community. For more information on WBL methods of instruction, visit Work-Based Learning.
Federal and State Labor Laws for Youth Work-Based Learning – Know the Rules-This is a PDF document. (PDF) 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 (PDF)
- 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)