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Endorsement Basics

Endorsement Basics

Beginning with the freshman class of 2014-15, students must select an endorsement. This is in response to industry demands for a work force with more specialized skills. Since the law, known as House Bill 5, is new many public schools may be able to offer only a few of the endorsement opportunities. McAllen ISD, however, will offer all five.

A school district defines advanced courses and determines a coherent sequence of courses for an endorsement area, provided that prerequisites are followed. There are five types of endorsements.

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Business & Industry

A student may earn a business and industry endorsement by completing foundation and general endorsement requirements (including Algebra II and a fourth advanced science course) and:

(A) a coherent sequence of courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two courses in the same career cluster including at least one advanced CTE course which includes any course that is the third or higher course in a sequence. The courses may be selected from courses in all CTE career clusters or CTE innovative courses approved by the commissioner of education. The final course in the sequence must be selected from one of the following CTE career clusters:

  • Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources
  • Marketing
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Information Technology
  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology & Communications
  • Manufacturing
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
  • Finance

(B) four English elective credits by selecting three levels in one of the following areas:

  • Debate
  • Advanced Journalism: Yearbook

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

A student may earn a STEM endorsement by completing foundation and general endorsement requirements (including Algebra II and a fourth advanced science course). Below are the courses that will lead to an endorsement in STEM:

Option A (CTE)

  • CTE 1
  • CTE 2
  • CTE 3
  • 4th course from a STEM cluster
  • Two courses in same career cluster required
  • One advanced CTE course required

Final course in STEM endorsement must be selected from Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Career Cluster.

Option B (Computer Science)

  • Computer Science I (One Credit)
  • Mobile Application Development (One Credit)
  • Game Programming and Design (One Credit)
  • Computer Science II (One Credit)

OR

  • Computer Science I (One Credit)
  • Robotics Programming and Design (One Credit)
  • Game Programming and Design (One Credit)
  • Computer Science II (One Credit)

Option C (Math)

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Two additional advanced math where Algebra II is the prerequisite

Advanced Math Course Listing:

  • AP Statistics
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning
  • Independent Study in Mathematics
  • Independent Study/College Math Prep
  • IB Math Studies SL
  • IB Math SL
  • IB Math HL
  • Business Statistics
  • Concurrent Enrollment in College Math Course

Option D (Science)

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Two additional science courses from below:
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Aquatic Science
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • AP/IB Biology
  • AP/IB Chemistry
  • AP/IB Physics 1 and/or 2
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Environmental Science
  • Advanced Animal Science (CTE)
  • Food Science (CTE)
  • Forensic Science (CTE)

The third and fourth science credits may be taken concurrently.

Option E

In addition to Algebra II, chemistry and physics, a coherent sequence of three additional credits from no more than two of the areas listed in A, B, C or D.
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Public Services

A student may earn a public services endorsement by completing foundation and general endorsement requirements (including Algebra II and a fourth advanced science course) and:

(A) a coherent sequence courses for four or more credits in CTE that consists of at least two  courses in the same career cluster including at least one advanced CTE course which includes any course that is the third or higher course in a sequence. The courses may be selected from courses in all CTE career clusters or CTE innovative courses approved by the commissioner of education. The final course in the sequence must be selected from one of the following CTE career clusters:

  • Education & Training
  • Health Science
  • Human Services
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security

(B)  four courses in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
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Arts & Humanities

A student may earn an arts and humanities endorsement by completing foundation and general endorsement requirements (including Algebra II and a fourth advanced science course) and:

(A) A total of five social studies courses
(B) four levels of the same language in a language other than English
(C) two levels of the same language in a language other than English and two levels of a different language in a language other than English
(D) four levels of American sign language
(E) a coherent sequence of four credits by selecting courses from disciplines in fine arts
(F) four English elective credits by selecting from the following:

  • English IV
  • Independent Study in English
  • Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition; or
  • International Baccalaureate Language Studies A1 Higher Level; or
  • Communication Applications

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Multidisciplinary Studies

A student may earn a multidisciplinary studies endorsement by completing foundation and general endorsement requirements (including Algebra II and a fourth advanced science course) and:

(A) four advanced courses that prepare a student to enter the workforce successfully or postsecondary education without remediation from within one endorsement area or among endorsement areas that are not in a coherent sequence
(B) four credits in each of the four foundation subject areas to include English IV and chemistry and/or physics
(C) four credits in advanced placement, International Baccalaureate, or dual credit selected from English, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, languages other than English, or fine arts.
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