Information Technology

Miami-Dade Career and Technical Education (CTE) K-8, middle school and high school programs of study integrate rigorous academic study with technical and soft work skills in specific career pathways of the career cluster Information Technology. Computer Systems & Information Technology, Cisco Networking Academy, Computer Systems & Information Technology, CompTia Academy, Network Systems Administration Microsoft IT Academy and Technology Support Services.


Career Exploration in Middle School

At the middle school level, students are introduced to CTE programs in exploration and introduction courses, which are designed to pique their interest in learning about career clusters and pathways. Middle school IT students have the opportunity to participate in FBLA leadership training and competitions, and to also achieve digital learning tool certificates and/or industry certification. Courses are aligned to Florida state-approved curriculum; and to high school CTE programs.

Career Preparatory in High School

High school students begin study of CTE Information Technology (IT) programs in the ninth grade, which provides them an opportunity to concentrate their efforts in an IT career pathway. These programs of study consist of 4 or more year-long courses, participation in FBLA, achievement of industry certification, and work-based learning opportunities.

The Information Technology Career Cluster incorporates four pathways: Network Systems; Information Support & Services; Programming & Software Development; and Interactive Media.

  • Computer Systems & Information Technology Cisco Networking Academy
  • Computer Systems & Information Technology, CompTia Academy
  • Network Systems Administration Microsoft IT Academy
  • Technology Support Services

Florida Dept. Of Education Curriculum & Other Resources

IT Related Extracurriculars: Esports


High school students that participate in CTE Information Technology (IT) programs usually participate in the CTE Esports extracurricular activities. The Esports program helps students develop important life skills like critical communication, collaboration, and problem-solving abilities while engaging with entertaining technology. 

Learn more about CTE Esports

Industry Certification

Usually achieved during senior year with online exam and sometimes with the demonstration of skills (may also be age and experiential hours requirements.)

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (CISCO004)
  • CompTIA A+ (A.S. Computer Engineering Technology) (COMPT001)
  • CompTIA Network+ (COMPT006)
  • CompTIA Security+ (COMPT008)
  • CompTIA Server+ (COMPT009)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Assoc. (MCSA)-Windows Server 2016 (MICRO106)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Bundle Certification (3 of 5) (MICRO069)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist Master (MICRO017)
  • MTA - Database Administration Fundamentals (MICRO070)
  • MTA - HTML5 Application Developer Fundamentals (MICRO080)
  • MTA - Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript (MICRO104)
  • MTA - Mobility and Devices Fundamentals (MICRO102)

*Middle and high school               

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(Not all certifications listed above are offered at all schools listed)


Work-Based Learning

Career and Technical Ed. Student Organization

Middle (FBLA) and high school (FBLA) grade students participate in several local, state and national conferences and competitions.


Average Hourly Wages

OCCUPATIONS Median Hourly Wage

Miami-Dade County


Hourly Wage

State of Florida

Applications Software Developer $45.74 $48.10
Computer & Information Systems Manager $74.66 $70.47
Computer Hardware Engineer $44.11 $38.03
Computer Network $31.69 $31.77
Database Administrator $46.47 $46.29
Information Security Analyst $44.11 $45.77
IT Project Manager $38.12 $35.31
Web Developer $36.28 $32.55
Source: Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity, 2022-23 Regional Demand Occupations List



Florida Career Cluster Information


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