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The Information Technology (IT) Career Cluster® focuses on building linkages in IT occupations for entry-level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, support, and management of hardware, software, multimedia, and systems integration services.

Programs of study

IT Support and Services: Geographic Information Systems

Information Technology Support and Services: Geographic Information Systems Program of Study

The Information Technology Support and Services program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with administering, testing, and implementing computer databases and applying knowledge of database management systems. This program of study may also include analyzing user requirements and problems to automate or improve existing systems and review computer system capabilities. This program of study may also include exploration into the research, design, or testing of computer or computer-related equipment for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at Sachse High School (SHS).

LevelSHS pathway
1

8K100
Principles of Information Technology

2

8K300, 8K305
Information Systems

3

8K400, 8K405
Raster Based GIS

4

8K210
Spatial Technology and Remote Sensing

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Database Administrator$83,0751,06319%
Information Technology-Computer Occupations, All Other$85,1971,61620%
Computer Hardware Engineer$111,73834324%
Computer System Analyst and Support$87,5685,93729%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Microsoft Technology Associate Windows Operating System Fundamentals
  • ERSI ArcGIS Desktop Entry**
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals +
Certificate/License*
  • IBM Certified Specialist-InfoSphere Optim for Distributed Systems Fundamentals
  • IBM Certified Database Associate-DB2 11 Fundamentals for z/OS
  • HP ASEProLiant Server Solutions Integrator V2
  • Oracle Linux 6 Advanced System Administration
Associate's Degree
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Bachelor's Degree
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Information Technology

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at SHS campus

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Job shadow a database administrator or computer hardware engineer
Work-based learning activities
  • Obtain a certification
Networking Systems

Networking Systems Program of Study

The Networking Systems program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with designing and implementing computer and information networks, such as local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranets, extranets, and other data communications networks. This program of study may also include exploration into analyzing science, engineering, and other data processing problems to implement and improve computer systems.

Course pathways

Note: This program is offered at North Garland High School (NGHS) as part of the Math, Science, and Technology magnet, as well as the Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical Center (GRCTC).

LevelMST NGHS pathwayGRCTC pathway
18K700
MST Principles of Information Technology

8K100, 8K105
Principles of Information Technology and/or

91822
AP Computer Science Principals

2

8K730, 8K735 DC
MST Internetworking Technologies I (CISCO I)

8K710, 8K715 DC
MST Computer Maintenance

91820 (H)
Computer Science I

38K740, 8K745
MST Internetworking Technologies II (CISCO II)

8K906, 8K907 DC
Computer Maintenance

8K930, 8K935 DC
Networking

4

8K750S, 8K755S
MST Project-based Research (CISCO III)

8K760S, 8K765S DC
MST Project-based Research

8K960
Practicum in Information Technology

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Computer Network Architects$111,6331,08223%
Computer Systems Analysts$87,5685,93729%
Computer Network Support Specialists$68,0371,82419%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8
  • Oracle Certified Database Associate
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA-Security)**
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA-Cyber Ops)***
  • CompTIA A+***
  • MTA: Network Fundamentals***
    MTA: Windows Server Admin. Fundamentals***
  • MTA: Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals***
Certificate/License*
  • AEM 6 Business Practitioner
  • Intelligence Planner Certification Program
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician
  • Microsoft Networking Fundamentals
Associate's Degree
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Information Technology
  • Network and Systems Administration/Administrator
Bachelor's Degree
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Computer Engineering, General
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Technology
  • Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
  • Computer Engineering, General

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website. Includes Level I and Level II certificates

**Offered at MST NGHS only
***Offered at the GRCTC only

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Job shadow a computer network architect or support specialist
Work-based learning activities
  • Earn an industry-based certification.
Web Development

Web Development Program of Study

The Web Development program of study explores the occupations and educational opportunities associated with designing, creating, and modifying websites. This program of study may also explore integrating websites with other computer applications, and converting written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of web and multimedia content.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at the GRCTC.

LevelGRCTC pathway
1

8K100, 8K105
Principles of Information Technology

2

8K110
Web Technologies

3

8K950S GRCTC
Computer Programming I and

9K930S GRCTC
Web Design

4

8K980 GRCTC
Practicum in Information Technology-Web Design

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Computer Network Architects$111,6331,07939%
Web Administrators, Computer Occupations$85,1971,61620%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Oracle Certified Associate Java SE 8
  • Adobe Certified Associate- Illustrator, Photoshop
  • WD Certified Web Design Certification
  • MTA Introduction to Programming using Python Certifications**
  • App Development with Swift Certification Level 1
Certificate/License*
  • AEM 6 Developer
  • Certified Webmaster Professional
  • Adobe Campaign Developer
  • IBM Certified Solution Developer-OpenSocial
Associate's Degree
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Science
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Bachelor's Degree
  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
  • Computer Science
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Computational Science
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

*Additional certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the GRCTC

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the Technology Student Association (TSA)
  • Participate in a coding or computer programming club
  • Create a web page
Work-based learning activities
  • Get an Oracle or CISCO certification
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Graduation planning

Endorsement: Business & Industry

See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.