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Maryland CTE Career Clusters

Human Resource Services

Advances in scientific knowledge, and increased public awareness of social problems and issues are contributing to a demand for high-quality social services. Public concerns over crime, security, and emergency response and the increased demand for legal intervention in business and communities will continue to drive the growth of law enforcement, emergency and legal services. The continuous need for education professionals, especially in the critical shortage areas, offers creative ways to engage young people early on in the teaching profession.

Programs of Study

Fire Science: Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI)

The Fire Science program is offered in partnership with instructors from the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) of the University of Maryland. Students progress through courses on fire prevention and control and emergency medical technology. The program includes classroom instruction as well as formal training at local fire companies. Students are required to complete work-based learning and take the seven certification exams.

Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

The Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HS/EP) program prepares students for industry certification and college credit in one of three areas: Homeland Security Sciences, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement, or Information/Communications Technology. All students complete a foundation-level course with a focus on protecting against threats to public safety through effective communication, preparedness, detection, prevention, response and recovery. Students completing Homeland Security Sciences program complete additional courses in Homeland Security Science Research Methods and Applications. Students completing Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement complete an additional course in Administration of Justice and participate in an internship as part of the program. Students in the Information/Communications Technology courses focus on Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) technology leading to the STARS Entry-Level GIS Technician Certification.

Legal Support Services

The Legal Support Services program is currently under development. This program will provide an overview of law, legal terminology and documentation, research, court related services and professional standards and ethics. This program will prepare students for legal services and for college law-related programs.

Childcare and Early Childhood Education

The Childcare and Early Childhood Education program provides an overview of learning theory and practice with an emphasis on early childhood. This program will prepare students to teach students ranging in age from infancy through eight years. Students will also have the opportunity to earn industry certification and college credit.

Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM)

The Teacher Academy of Maryland program prepares students for further education and careers in the education profession. The program focuses on human growth and development through adolescence, teaching as a profession, curriculum and instruction and an education academy internship. Upon completion of the program and passing the ParaPro test or PRAXIS I, high school graduates are ready for employment in the teaching profession. This program is based on the outcomes of the Maryland Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree, which aligns with the National Council for the Accreditation for Teacher Education standards.