• Professional Development Grades 9-12 / 0.5 credit
  • Health Grades 9-12 / 0.5 credit

Professional Development

Professional Development is a program in which students develop leadership, professional, and business skills. They learn to develop a healthy self-concept, healthy relationships, and learn to understand the concept of personal responsibility. They will develop an understanding of emotional intelligence and the skills it measures, which include self-awareness, self-control, self-motivation, and social skills. Students will develop skills in public speaking and communication and an understanding of personal image. They will develop an understanding of the concept of principle-based decision making and learn to make responsible financial decisions. They will develop an understanding of the effects of peer pressure, will develop skills to counteract those effects, and will develop problem-solving skills. They will develop an understanding of the principles of parenting, which will enable them to become better family members and citizens. They also will develop an understanding of the need for vision and goal setting, personally, and professionally.


Provides extensive coverage of health concepts recommended by the Texas Education Agency. This course includes instruction to better acquaint student with the body and its systems. Also includes units on alcohol, tobacco, dangerous drugs, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), nutrition, diseases, environmental health and safety, mental health, and health agencies. Students will become certified in CPR and First Aid in conjunction with the American Red Cross.
Note: This is required for all diploma plans.

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