Programming and Software Development Pathway

  • Programming and Software Development Pathway logo This pathway aims to build linkages to Information Technology occupations for entry level, technical, and professional careers related to the design, development, software, and systems integration services. Careers in Programming and Software Development involve the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of computer systems and software, requiring knowledge of computer operating systems, programming languages and software development. People with expertise in programming and software development work with cutting-edge technologies to develop tomorrow's products for use by businesses and consumers. The Programming and Software Development pathway responds to community needs and Kansas' IT needs and prepares students to enter the workforce and to participate as leaders, innovators, and managers in a global economy.

    Your Options

    • Non-Transfer program at all five high schools
    • Transfer program available at Olathe South High School (Computer Science Academy)

    Learn about the Computer Science Academy at Olathe South High School through the 21st Century Academy website 

Career Opportunities

    • Programmer
    • Applications Analyst
    • Program Manager
    • Software Application Specialist
    • Game Designer
    • Software Design Engineer
    • Operating System Designer
    • Systems Tester

Sequence of Courses

Course Title Academy/Program Grade Level Pathway Level Credit
Computer 6 6 0.25
Computer I 7-8 0.5
Computer II 7-8 0.5
Innovations in Computer Coding & App Creating 7-8 0.5
Computer Applications I 9-12 Introductory 0.5
Computers Application II 9-12 Introductory 0.5
Introduction to Computer Coding 9-12 Introductory 0.5
Introduction to Computer Coding 21st Century: Computer Science 9 Introductory 1.0
AP Computer Science A 11-12 Technical 1.0
AP Computer Science Principles 21st Century: Computer Science 10 Technical 1.0
Computer Programming I 10-12 Technical 0.5
Computer Programming II 10-12 Technical 0.5
Exploring Web Design 21st Century: e-Communication 10-12 Technical 1.0
Web Design I 9-12 Technical 0.5
Web Design II 10-12 Technical 0.5
Computer Science Senior Capstone 21st Century: Computer Science 12 Application 1.0
Cybersecurity (SEC) 21st Century: Computer Science 11-12 Application 1.0

Credit Info - Programming and Software Development

  • To be considered a CTE Completer in the pathway, students must complete 3.0 credits within the course sequence and earn an industry recognized, comprehensive certification or pass a third-party, end-of-pathway assessment. At least 2.0 of the required 3.0 required credits must be a combination of technical and application level courses.

    Offered at: Olathe East, Olathe North, Olathe Northwest, Olathe South (21st Century Computer Science Academy), Olathe West

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