Florida Department of Education Curriculum Framework

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Revised: 11/27/2012

2013 – 2014

Florida Department of Education

Curriculum Framework

Program Title: Applied Engineering Technology

Program Type: Non Career Preparatory

Career Cluster: Engineering & Technology Education

Secondary – Non Career Preparatory

Program Number


CIP Number


Grade Level

9-12, 30, 31

Standard Length

3 credits

Teacher Certification

TEC ED 1 @2





Facility Code

243, Related 808, 810, 849, 851, 852.

Refer to http://www.fldoe.org/edfacil/sref.asp (State Requirements for Educational Facilities)

Perkins Technical Skill Attainment Inventory


Industry Certifications


Statewide Articulation



The purpose of this program is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and technically oriented experiences in the study of applied engineering and its effect upon our lives and the choosing of an occupation. The content and activities will also include the study of entrepreneurship, safety, and leadership skills. This program focuses on transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the technological tools, machines, instruments, materials, processes and systems in business and industry.

The content includes but is not limited to study in mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering disciplines.

Program Structure

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of the courses shown in the following table:

Course Number

Course Title




Applied Engineering Technology I

1 credit



Applied Engineering Technology II

1 credit



Applied Engineering Technology III

1 credit


In addition to the above courses, the Advanced Technology Applications (8601900) course is appropriate to be used for content area continuation in this program after all three credits of this program have been completed. The purpose of the Advanced Technology Applications course is to provide students with a capstone opportunity to develop a school based project from "vision" to "reality," working in teams to design, engineer, manufacture, construct, test, redesign, test again; and then produce a finished "project". This would involve using ALL the knowledge previously learned, not only in Engineering & Technology Education but also across the curriculum. See the Advanced Technology Applications framework for more information.

Laboratory Activities

Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. These activities include instruction in the use of safety procedures, tools, equipment, materials, and processes related to these occupations. Equipment and supplies should be provided to enhance hands-on experiences for students.

Special Notes

Academic Alignment

The courses comprising this program have not yet been aligned to the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards contained in specific math and science core academic courses. This alignment is a collaborative review by Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers and core academic teachers. Once the program has been subjected to this alignment, this curriculum framework will include a table depicting the number of academic standards in each CTE course, the total number of math and science standards contained in the academic course, and the percentage of alignment to the CTE course.

Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO)

The Florida Technology Student Association (FL-TSA) is the appropriate career and technical student organization for providing leadership training and reinforcing specific career and technical skills. Career and Technical Student Organizations provide activities for students as an integral part of the instruction offered. The activities of such organizations are defined as part of the curriculum in accordance with Rule 6A-6.065, F.A.C.

Essential Skills

Essential skills identified by the Division of Career and Adult Education have been integrated into the standards and benchmarks of this program. These skills represent the general knowledge and skills considered by industry to be essential for success in careers across all career clusters. Students preparing for a career served by this program at any level should be able to demonstrate these skills in the context of this program. A complete list of Essential Skills and links to instructional resources in support of these Essential Skills are published on the CTE Essential Skills page of the FL-DOE website (http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/dwdframe/essential_skills.asp).


Federal and state legislation requires the provision of accommodations for students with disabilities as identified on the secondary student’s IEP or 504 plan or postsecondary student’s accommodations’ plan to meet individual needs and ensure equal access. Postsecondary students with disabilities must self-identify, present documentation, request accommodations if needed, and develop a plan with their counselor and/or instructors. Accommodations received in postsecondary education may differ from those received in secondary education.  Accommodations change the way the student is instructed.  Students with disabilities may need accommodations in such areas as instructional methods and materials, assignments and assessments, time demands and schedules, learning environment, assistive technology and special communication systems.  Documentation of the accommodations requested and provided should be maintained in a confidential file.

In addition to accommodations, some secondary students with disabilities (students with an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) served in Exceptional Student Education or ESE) will need modifications to meet their needs.  Modifications change the outcomes or what the student is expected to learn, e.g., modifying the curriculum of a secondary career and technical education course.  Note postsecondary curriculum cannot be modified.
Some secondary students with disabilities (ESE) may need additional time (i.e., longer than the regular school year), to master the student performance standards associated with a regular Occupational Completion Point (OCP) or a Modified Occupational Completion Point (MOCP).  If needed, a student may enroll in the same career and technical course more than once.  Documentation should be included in the IEP that clearly indicates that it is anticipated that the student may need an additional year to complete an OCP/MOCP.  The student should work on different competencies and new applications of competencies each year toward completion of the OCP/MOCP.  After achieving the competencies identified for the year, the student earns credit for the course. It is important to ensure that credits earned by students are reported accurately.  The district’s information system must be designed to accept multiple credits for the same course number (for eligible students with disabilities). 


For details on articulation agreements which correlate to programs and industry certifications refer to http://www.fldoe.org/workforce/dwdframe/artic_frame.asp.

Bright Futures/Gold Seal Scholarship

Course substitutions as defined in the Comprehensive Course Table for this program area may be used to qualify a student for Florida’s Gold Seal Vocational Scholarship, providing all other eligibility requirements are met. Eligibility requirements are available online at https://www.osfaffelp.org/bfiehs/fnbpcm02_CCTMain.aspx.

Fine Arts/Practical Arts Credit

Many courses in CTE programs meet the Fine Arts/Practical Arts credit for high school graduation.  A listing of approved CTE courses is published each year as a supplemental resource to the Course Code Directory (http://www.fldoe.org/articulation/CCD/default.asp).

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