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Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources

Pat Thieben (temporary)

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber and natural resources systems.

Vision and Mission
Agricultural education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, and technology of plant and animal production and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems. Agricultural education first became a part of the public education system in 1917 when the U.S. Congress passed the Smith-Hughes Act. Today, over 800,000 students participate in formal agricultural education instructional programs offered in grades seven-adult throughout the 50 states and three U. S. territories.

Ag Ed Vision: Agricultural education envisions a world where all people value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being.

Ag Ed Mission: Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems.

Professional Organizations
Agricultural educators who had formed state associations for agricultural educators organized the National Vocational Agricultural Teachers' Association (NVATA) in 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 1997 at the annual NVATA convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the name of the organization was changed to the National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE). The NAAE is a federation of 50 state agricultural educators associations. The governing body of the organization consists of a board of directors with a president, president elect, and six regional vice presidents. Today, more than 7,600 agricultural educators are members of the NAAE.

National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE)

Professionals providing agricultural education for the global community through visionary leadership, advocacy and service.  NAEE seeks to advance agricultural education and promote the professional interests and growth of agriculture teachers as well as recruit and prepare students who have a desire to teach agriculture. The organization is dedicated to developing professional pride, to nourishing a spirit of unity among classroom teachers and to recognize members for their outstanding programs.

Iowa Association of Agricultural Educators (IAAE)

All IAAE members are also members of the Iowa Association of Career and Technical Educators (IACTE).

Standards and Benchmarks

Agricultural Education Standards and Benchmarks

Applied Science, Technology, Engineering, and Manufacturing

Andy Wermes
Office: 515-281-8353   Cell: 515-314-8317

Industrial Technology Education programs prepare students for careers and higher education within Manufacturing Technology, Engineering and Design, Construction Technology, Transportation Technology and Communication. Students are provided technical knowledge that emphasizes high standards and quality experiences in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development.

Vision and Mission
Industrial Technology programs will offer Programs of Study, aligned with industry standards. Beginning with a broad-based industry-focused career exploration course at the secondary level, programs will continue with a coherent sequence of courses within a career cluster through post-secondary education. Student attainment of proficiency will be measured through assessments aligned with industry standards, and providing students with industry certification(s).

The Department of Education will provide technical assistance and resources to assist schools and colleges in accomplishing the stated vision.

Statewide Articulation
There are no statewide articulations within the Industrial Technology cluster areas. Programs are advised to work with their community colleges to develop Programs of Study, and to adopt statewide recommended Program of Study models as they become available.

Applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing
Building Your Secondary CTE Program of Study - What Works Best for Industrial Technology Programs

Standards and Benchmarks


Foundational Credentials for Multi-Cluster Application
Credentials for Architecture and Construction
Credentials for Manufacturing
Credentials for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Credentials for Transportation and Logistics


Advance - CTE Career Cluster Standards

Automotive, Diesel, and Collision
Heavy Equipment

NATEF Collision Repair and Refinishing Task List
2009 NATEF/I-CAR Tasks Crosswalk
2009 NATEF/I-CAR Task List

Construction Core Competencies
Construction Technology
Secondary Construction POS Course Sequence

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Drafting and Design
Drafting and Design Standards

Drafting - Industry Certifications

Autodesk Certified User (ACU)

Autodesk Certified Professional (ACP)
Take your career to a higher level by becoming Autodesk ® Certified. Whether you’re a student or a professional, this software certification will validate your skills, fulfill academic and industry requirements, and advance your design career.

Autodesk Certified User (ACU) – Digital Badges - Digital badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome. Representing your credential as a badge gives you the ability to share your skills online in a way that is simple, trusted and can be easily verified in real time.

SOLIDWORKS Certification Program
Earning a SOLIDWORKS Certification can help you get a job, keep a job, or possibly move up in your current job. Be a part of our growing community of certified users. The certification center is your place to validate your certificate, search for certified users, certified resellers and find training centers near you.

Graphic Communications
PrintED Graphic Communications

NAM - Advanced Manufacturing Standards

NIMS - National Institute of Metalworking Skills

Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)
MSSC Standards Orientation Guide

Certified Production Technician (CPT)
The CPT Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled production workers in all sectors of manufacturing. MSSC awards certificates to individuals who pass any of its Production Modules: Safety; Quality Practices and Measurement; Manufacturing Processes and Production; Maintenance Awareness; and Green Production and a full Certified Production Technician (CPT) Certification to those who pass all four original modules (NOTE: At this time, Green is not a requirement for full CPT certification).

Certified Logistics Technician (CLT)
The CLT Certification addresses the core technical competencies of higher skilled, front-line material handling and distribution workers in all supply chain facilities: from factories to warehouses, distribution centers and transporters. MSSC awards the foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) certificate and the mid-level Certified Logistics Technician (CLT) certification. CLA is a prerequisite for CLT.

MSSC Logistics (CLA/CLT) Certification
The CLT program consists of two parts: The foundational-level Certified Logistics Associate (CLA) Certificate and the mid-level technical CLT Certification.  Before sitting for the CLT assessment, candidates must have a CLA Certificate.
CLA Standards
CLT Standards

MSSC Skill Standards for the following areas of concentration:
Manufacturing Production Process Development
Quality Assurance
Health, Safety, Environment
Logistics and Inventory Control

AWS SENSE Standards Presentation
AWS Standards
AWS Level I - Entry Level Welder
AWS Level II - Advanced Welder
AWS Level III - Expert Welder
AWS - American Welding Society Educator Standards
AWS Standard for Certification of Welding Educators
Certified Welding Educator Exam Program Package
Certified Welding Educator Non-Exam Program Package
Certified Welding Educator Renewal Program Package
Supplement C - Welder Performance Qualifications Sheet Metal Test Requirements
Standards for AWS Certified Welders

Information Solutions

Pat Thieben
  1. Foundational standards and benchmarks have been updated and modernized by a team of IT experts from Iowa’s community colleges, four-year public and private colleges and universities, Iowa STEM Council, the Technology Association of Iowa, and business and industry. The team is also developing standards for the four career pathways within this cluster and service area – network systems, information support and services, web and digital communications, and programming and software development.
  2. The Department established specific Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code identifiers for the four career pathways mentioned above and will be offering webinars in the near future for school districts to learn more.
  3. The Bureau of Educational Examiners (BoEE) has created a new CTE Information Technology Endorsement which requires new teachers to take 12 credits of computer science to teach in this area. For teachers who are not currently CTE instructors or enrolled in CTE Education Programs, CTE courses will also be required. More information about the endorsement requirements, as well as qualifications for submitting waivers, is available on the BoEE’s website.
  4. Computer science legislation signed into law this springs calls for the Department to convene a computer science work group consisting of educators, higher education representatives, and stakeholders from business and industry. The group will work with BoEE to create a computer science endorsement to mirror the CTE Information Technology endorsement.

Information Solutions Standards and Benchmarks

Competencies Check List

Business, Finance, Marketing, and Management

Kelli Diemer

Business and Marketing helps to prepare students master the knowledge and skills needed to function as citizens, consumers, employees, managers, business owners, and directors of their economic futures through the study of accounting, business law, career development, communication, computation, economics, personal finance, entrepreneurship, information technology, international business, management, and marketing.

Business Education Update

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Business Education Update Newsletter Business Education Update

September 2017 Business Education Update

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Business Administration Standards 101
This video covers a review of a standard, performance elements and performance indicators (competencies) and introduces the state Business Administration Standards.

Business Administration Standards Tool
This video covers a tool to help with identifying where performance indicators (competencies) are taught in the Business program.  This tool is organized around instructional areas and curriculum planning levels which help with planning a complete foundation for a Business Administration program.

More Resources for Performance Indicators
This video covers additional resources that are available to teachers for covering all competencies for a Business Administration program.

MBA Research and Curriculum

MBA Research Center
MBA Research is a not-for-profit organization that was established in 1971 as an education foundation.  It is operated by a consortium of state education department and has a mission to support educators in the preparation of students for careers in business.  The vision of MBA Research is to be the recognized leader in the development of programs, strategies, and curricula to prepare students for career-oriented, leadership position in business and marketing.  Iowa has been a member state since 1971 and has access to the research, professional development and state membership benefits.

Statewide Iowa Observations and Recommendations Report
“Futuring” panels are big-picture focus groups that address trends and issues within the various specialties.  Senior executives or senior-level specialists who have a strategic perspectives were invited to participate.  The futuring panels looked at the overall structure of the standards, but do not actually validate content.  This report was focused on three cluster areas:  business management and administration, finance, and marketing.

Standards and Benchmarks

Business Administration Standards

Business Administration Standards

Business Administration Standards and Performance Indicators

Business Administration Standards Tools

Finding More Information on Performance Indicators


Iowa Core Literacy Standards

Finance Critical Competencies

Financial Literacy within 21st Century Skills of the Iowa Core

Professional Organizations

Iowa Business Education Association
The Iowa Business Education Association (IBEA) is the state’s organization for business educators.  The IBEA Executive Board includes leadership of President, President-elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Past President.  In addition, the Board has Area Representatives for all sections of the state and several other major officers.

National Business Education Association
The National Business Education Association (NBEA) is the nation’s leading professional organization devoted exclusively to serving individuals and groups engaged in instruction, administration, research, and dissemination of information for and about business.

North Central Business Education Association
The North Central Business Education Association (NCBEA) is an affiliate of the National Business Education Association (NBEA).  This region includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin; and the Canadian provinces adjacent to the North Central Region.

Health Science

Zoë Thornton

Health Science Education programs prepare students for careers and higher education in more than 200 occupations in the health care field, in a variety of settings, including clinics, home health, hospitals, insurance industry, laboratories and research, and, nursing homes. The individual interested in the health care field will have the opportunity to prepare for professional careers that plan, manage and provide therapeutic services, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services and biotechnology research and development.

Health Science Program of Study

Iowa Health Science Education Model Program of Study and Overview

Health Science Links

Iowa Board of Nursing

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Association of Surgical Technologists

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Iowa Dental Hygienists' Association

Iowa Nurses Association

Medical Lab Tech

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)

NN2 - National Network for Health Career Programs in Two-Year Colleges

Respiratory Care NN2

CNA Information

FAQs for CNA

Health Program Management Committee

Purpose and Guiding Principles - Program Management Committee Health

Health Program Management Committee Membership

FY 2013 Budget

Meeting Minutes

October 2016
April 2016
October 2015
April 2014
October 2013
April 2013
April 2012
January 2012
October 2011

Standards and Benchmarks

Community College Core Performance Standards

NCHSE Standards and Benchmarks

Career Clusters from the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium


Definitions for Health Educators

Human Services

Lisa Stange

Family and Consumer Sciences Education empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society.  Our unique focus is on families, work, and their relationships.

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Vision and Mission
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) offers a unique focus on families, work, and their interrelationships, providing a solid foundation of success for any student!  Through relevant coursework, community projects, student-led organization, and internship/mentoring opportunities, students develop the essential leadership, life, and communication skills they need to become responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings.  As a Family and Consumer Sciences student, you will learn to manage resources to meet the essential needs of individuals and families; to promote optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span; and to accept responsibility for your actions and success in family and work life.  The career and educational opportunities available in Family and Consumer Sciences are varied and virtually unlimited, as are the post-secondary education opportunities.

Family and Consumer Sciences graduates can either enter the workforce after high school or continue their education at a community college or four-year university.  Many courses can be concurrent enrolled courses with a local community college.  The essential knowledge and skills developed through Family and Consumer Sciences prepare students for a successful future in any field, as well as in family and community life.  An FCS program allows students varied opportunities to experience classroom and laboratory components and instruction that meets industry validated standards, work-based learning in the form of internships or academies, and membership in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) the student-led organization that "enhances" the skills taught in FCS, and provides opportunities to build leadership and competitive skills necessary in the world of work and in the community.

Iowa Code
FCS Requirements in Iowa Code

Statewide Articulation
Please integrate the identified "competencies" from either the statewide articulation EDE 170 (for a comprehensive FCS program of study) or ECE 103 (for the occupational early childhood program of study) into your your course/ usually does take two semester courses to cover all of them. Remember, when your students leave your child development/early childhood course/s they will have earned the equivalency of a 3 credit course at the community college.

In addition, a "portfolio" of artifacts must be developed by your students documenting that they truly completed the identified competencies.  Since the Early Alliance in Iowa (Early Childhood Educators) are still in the process of "identifying" the final "artifacts", I have attached a power point from North Carolina that "outlines" the artifacts that they collect and have also attached a list of "guidelines" that I will be presenting to the Early Alliance as a recommendation in the development of the final artifacts for your students.

Child Growth and Development

Updated ECE 170 Articulation

ECE 170 - Certificate Template

Portfolio Artifact Guidelines

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Updated ECE 103 Articulation

ECE 103 Certificate Template

Portfolio Artifact Guidelines


Updated Nutrition Articulation

Updated Nutrition Articulation Template

Community College Articulation Contact Information

Linking Programs for Articulation and Program of Study Development

District Articulation Update Form

Articulation FAQs

Professional Organizations
IFCSE (Iowa Family and Consumer Sciences Educators) is the link to the umbrella organization for career and technical education - ACTE (Association for Career and Technical Education).  The collaborative partnership between the IFCSEP Key leaders (FCS representatives from each AEA), and the Iowa Department of Education, plan the state FCS teachers conference held in July.  Check out the membership application and join other FCS professionals across the state!

In addition, all Iowa career and technical teachers are encouraged to become members of the national association and attend the Iowa Career and Technical Conference (IACTE).

IFCSE Website

IACTE Website

ACTE Website

IAFCS (Iowa Family Consumer Sciences) is an affiliate of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), the "umbrella" association for our profession.  Please click the link below to access the website and find membership information for both the Iowa affiliate and national association.

IAFCS Website

Program of Study

POS Guidance

POS Advisory Committee Planning Guide

POS Course Template

POS Course Template with Sample Courses

Secondary Program Template for the Development of a POS

POS Final Signature Form

Human Services: FCS Plan of Study Template (drawing board)

Human Services: Early Childhood Plan of Study Template

Hospitality/Tourism/Culinary Pathway Plan of Study Template

Arts/AV Technology and Communications (Fashion and Interior Design) Career Pathway Template

Linking FCS POS to postsecondary community college contact/s

Standards and Benchmarks

National Standards (updated 6/17)

Middle Level FCS National Standards with Iowa Model Competencies - revision is pending 2017-18

Sample Curriculum Framework for 7th and 8th Grade Exploratory

National Career Clusters website

Marketing Tools and Resources

What is FCS all about?

FCS:Supporting 21st Century Skills

Career and Technical Student Organizations Talking Points

Smart Snacks Information for FCS Educators

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on May 22, 2018 at 4:15pm.