Maryland CTE

Clusters & Programs

Program Highlight

Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE)

In this program, students learn about all aspects of agricultural sciences and may take additional courses based on their area of interest. The following courses are offered as part of the program:

  • Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Principles of Agricultural Sciences - Plant
  • Principles of Agricultural Sciences - Animal
  • Animal and Plant Biotechnology
  • Food Science and Safety
  • Agricultural Business, Research and Development

Environmental, Agriculture and Natural Resources

The agricultural sector is a highly competitive industry creating new challenges in identifying global and domestic markets; improving business planning, financing, risk management, and productivity; and reducing costs. Advances in science and technology, in particular biotechnology, will continue to drive innovation and growth in this career cluster. Growing public concerns over natural resources, environmental quality, and public health will continue to expand the role and scope of the natural resource management and environmental services sectors. 

Programs of Study

Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE)

The Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) is a national program of study that offers students a rigorous curriculum designed to challenge students to perform at high levels. Through the use of activities, projects, and problem-solving, students explore agriculture subject matter while they learn necessary knowledge and skills. To establish these requirements, CASE incorporates the National Academic Standards and Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) Content Standards. The program is a four-course sequence and will offer students the opportunity to earn college credit upon successful program completion. For more information about CASE, please see the program highlight at the bottom of this page.

Horticultural Services: Certified Professional Horticulturalist (CPH)

The Horticultural Services program of study is based on requirements for the Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) certification used by the Maryland “Green Industry.” Students complete a sequence of courses which include: Introduction to Environmental/Plant/Animal Science, Foundations of Horticulture, Plant Production, and Landscape Design and Management. Students have the opportunity to earn the Student-Level CPH certification by taking and passing the industry exam.

Environmental Studies/Natural Resources

The Environmental Studies/Natural Resources program of study is composed of a four-course sequence that covers both environmental and natural resource management technologies and current issues related to these fields of study. The program includes an emphasis on research and the ethics involved in making decisions that impact our ecosystem. Students will engage in technical research and writing as it relates to real-world problem solving. Students will also have the opportunity to earn college credit through articulation agreements with Maryland colleges.