All Pathways

You gain a deep understanding of software development through exposure to the fundamentals of computer science in this pathway. After a grounding in basic concepts of computer science and how it is embedded into our everyday lives, you shift up to specific areas of focus in computer programming.

Course Sequence

AP Computer Science Principles

Computer Programming I

AP Computer Science A

Software Development Fundamentals


Articulated credit is earned as a result of a student passing the designated CMS CTE course(s) with a final letter grade of a B or higher AND a score of 93 or higher on the NC administered end of course exam. In some cases students must show proficiency in multiple courses plus a certification in order to receive articulated credit. In some cases, there are options. Be sure to pay attention to the AND and OR statements. College articulated courses DO NOT show on a high school or college transcript. These courses, if the criteria is met, will be waived from the applicable program of study through Central Piedmont Community College.

Software Development Fundamentals

Must Pass MS98-364 Certification Exam + Conditions for Credit CSC 143 Object-Oriented Programming OR DPA 110 Database Concepts OR SGD 122 Simulation and Game Database Programming

Industry Certification

MTA 98-361: Software Development Fundamentals

Certification to validate understanding of core programming, object oriented programming, web applications, desktop applications, databases, and overall demonstrating general software development skills.

MTA 98-364: Database Fundamentals

Certification to validate understanding of core database concepts, database objects, manipulating data, data storage, and administering a database. Earners of the MTA: Database Fundamentals certification have demonstrated introductory knowledge of and skills with databases, including relational databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server.

List of schools

East Mecklenburg High School Garinger High School Harding University High School Independence High School Myers Park High School North Mecklenburg High School Olympic High School Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology Rocky River High School South Mecklenburg High School West Charlotte High School West Mecklenburg High School William Amos Hough High School Hopewell High School Zebulon B. Vance High School

College and Career Promise

Through local partnerships and classroom curriculum, we are motivating youth to consider careers in manufacturing and preparing them with the skillsets and knowledge to succeed in the workforce industry after high school, and college. The CTE department connects local and regional manufacturers with local high schools to establish or build manufacturing education programs that will grow the workforce in the local communities. Students who experience the Advanced Manufacturing Pathway enter college or move into post-secondary careers with essential advanced manufacturing knowledge and expertise. partner corporations provide grants, scholarships, and apprenticeships for students who continue their education in theAdvanced Manufacturing industry.

What Should I Do Next?

Take the Junior Achievement Career Quiz here.

Talk to the Pathway Development Coordinator or Counselor at your school!