NC Standard Course of Study
Agricultural Education (CTE)
Agricultural Education provides students with the opportunity to participate in an integrated educational model that focuses students on careers in the food, fiber and environmental systems. The program is designed to develop technical, leadership and management expertise needed by secondary school students for success in the industry.
Arts Education includes four separate and distinct disciplines: dance, music, theatre arts and visual arts - each with its own body of knowledge and skills. The intent of the National Standards for Arts Education along with the standard courses of study in dance, music, theatre arts and visual arts is that a comprehensive understanding of one or more of the arts be accomplished by each student throughout the K-12 program. Arts education benefits both student and society. Involving the "whole child" in the arts gradually teaches many types of literacy while developing intuition, sensitivity, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity. Arts education helps students perceive and think in new ways.
Business and Information Technology Education (CTE)
Business and Information Technology Education is a broad, comprehensive curriculum at the middle and high school levels that provides students with meaningful instruction for and about business. Instruction in Business and Information Technology Education encompasses business skills and techniques, an understanding of basic economics, and business attitudes essential to participate in the multinational marketplace as productive workers and consumers.
Career Development Education (CTE)
Career development is a process that involves students, parents, teachers, counselors, and the community. The goal is to help students make good decisions about themselves and their future. The process includes helping students develop and implement an individual career development plan.
Computer/Technology Skills (CTE)
The K-12 Computer/Technology Skills Standard Course of Study identifies the essential knowledge and skills that all students need to be active, lifelong learners in a technology intensive environment. Technology is undergoing rapid change, and new and improved technological advances appear almost daily. The curriculum is designed to form the foundation for continuous learning and to be applicable to ever-changing innovations.
The Computer/Technology Skills Standard Course of Study involves the development of skills over time. Computer/Technology Skills proficiency is not an end in itself, but lays a foundation for lifelong learning. These skills are necessary for all students and should be introduced and refined collaboratively by all K-12 teachers as an integral part of the learning process.
English As A Second Language
The English Language Development Standard Course of Study (ELD SCS) describes what limited English proficient students should know and be able to do at each level of proficiency along the K-12 continuum. It will assist English as a Second Language teachers in planning lessons and strategies which will target the language learning needs of individual students to ensure that they progress toward full English language proficiency. The SCS will also assist classroom teachers in modifying instruction in the content areas to match the English language proficiency levels of their students.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education (CTE)
Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students for careers working with individuals and families, as well as for competence in the work of their own families. The concept of work, whether in a family or career, is central to the program area. The program’s unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares individuals for family and career.
The comprehensive school counseling program refers to a sequential, developmental program designed to benefit all students in preparation for their futures. Such a program includes a curriculum organized around three areas essential for students growth and development: Academic Development, Career Development, and Personal/Social Development.
Healthful Living is a combination of health education and physical education. The two courses should complement each other. Students should experience a sequential educational program that will involve learning a variety of skills that enhance a person's quality of life. Today, health status is determined more by one's personal behaviors rather than advances in medical technology, availability of health services, or other factors; and research demonstrates that education in schools can influence the health-related behaviors of students.
Healthful Living = Health Education + Physical Education Goals
Health Occupations Education (CTE)
The comprehensive Health Occupations Education program seeks to meet present and predicted needs for health care workers within a health care delivery system that is characterized by diversity and changing technologies. It is a program that recruits qualified and motivated students and prepares them for pursuit of appropriate health careers.
In order for today's students to function in the 21st century, they must be able to acquire, evaluate, and use information effectively. Today's students must become information literate workers, teachers, facilitators and coaches. Information Literacy Skills emphasize the problem solving, critical and creative thinking, decision making, and cooperative learning that prepare students for the challenges in society.
The ultimate purpose of the English Language Arts curriculum is to teach students the language abilities they need to communicate effectively as individuals and as contributing members of society. It is a spiraling curriculum in the sense that many of the same skills develop over time.
Marketing Education (CTE)
The purpose of the Marketing Education instructional program is to prepare students for advancement in marketing and management careers and future studies in community and technical colleges or four-year colleges or universities. Marketing is a vast and diverse discipline. It encompasses activities within production, as well as aspects of consumption. It is as specific as procedures for inventory control and, at the same time, as general as the creativity needed in effective promotion. The function of marketing occurs in all industries. Application of skills in reading, writing, mathematics, problem-solving, psychology, and critical thinking are found throughout the curriculum.
The North Carolina Mathematics Standard Course of Study provides a set of mathematical competencies for each grade and high school course to ensure rigorous student academic performance standards that are uniform across the state. It is based on a philosophy of teaching and learning mathematics that is consistent with the current research, exemplary practices, and national standards.
Second (Foreign) Language study benefits all students. The study of another language leads to higher scores on standardized tests (reading, math, SAT), greater cognitive development in the areas of mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking and higher-order thinking skills, a broader English vocabulary, a better understanding of one’s own language and culture, and enhanced career opportunities.
The goal of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study(NCSCS) for Science is to achieve scientific literacy. The National Science Education Standards define scientific literacy as "the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for scientific decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity." (p. 22)
Social studies is the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote effective citizenry. Within the K-12 program, social studies provide coordinated , systematic study drawing upon such discplines as economics, history, geography, anthropology, archaeology, law, philosophy, political science, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and the natural sciences.
Technology Education (CTE)
Technology Education helps students develop an appreciation and fundamental understanding of technology through the study and application of materials, tools, processes, inventions, structures and artifacts of the past and present. Students learn about and from technology, by applying technological principles and concepts as well as abstract ideas and concepts of mathematics, science, language arts, the fine arts and social studies. Through this integrated study of technology, students develop an understanding of the importance and role of technology in our society and the economy and its impacts upon the environment.
Trade and Industrial Education
Trade and Industrial Education is a secondary program to prepare students for careers in six of the ten North Carolina Career Pathways. While completing course sequences in these pathways, students participate in instructional units that educate them in standardized industry processes related to: concepts, layout, design, materials, production, assembly, quality control, maintenance, troubleshooting, construction, repair and service of industrial, commercial and residential goods and products.