Endorsements

Jim Hogg County ISD Endorsements

A high school student may earn an endorsement by successfully completing:

  • curriculum requirements for the endorsement
  • a total of four credits in mathematics
  • a total of four credits in science
  • two additional elective credits

Does every student have to graduate with an endorsement?

No. A student may opt to graduate Foundation High School Program only without an endorsement if, after the student’s sophomore year the student and the student’s parent or guardian are advised by a school counselor of the specific benefits of graduating from high school with one or more endorsements and the student’s parent or guardian files with a school counselor written permission, on a form adopted by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), allowing the student to graduate under the Foundation High School Program without earning an endorsement.

Can a student earn more than one endorsement?

Yes. A district must allow a student to enroll in courses under more than one endorsement before the student’s junior year.

Types of Endorsements

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)

A coherent sequence or series of courses selected from one of the following:

  • CTE courses with a final course from the STEM career cluster
  • Computer science
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • A combination of no more than two of the categories listed above

Business and Industry

  • CTE courses with a final course from the Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources; Architecture & Construction; Arts, Audio/Video, Technology & 
Communications; Business Management & Administration; Finance; Hospitality & Tourism; Information Technology; Manufacturing, Marketing; Transportation, 
or Distribution & Logistics CTE career cluster
  • The following English electives: public speaking, debate, advanced broadcast journalism including newspaper and yearbook
  • Technology applications
  • A combination of credits from the categories listed above

Public Services

A coherent sequence or series of courses selected from one of the following:

  • CTE courses with a final course from the Education & Training; Government & Public Administration; Health Science, Human Services; or Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security career cluster
  • JROTC

Arts and Humanities

A coherent sequence or series of courses selected from one of the following:

  • Social studies
  • The same language in Languages Other Than English
  • Two levels in each of two language in Languages Other Than English
  • American Sign Language (ASL)
  • Courses from one or two categories (art, dance, music, and theater) in fine arts
  • English electives that are not part of Business and Industry

Multidisciplinary Studies

A coherent sequence or series of courses selected from one of the following:

  • Four advanced courses that prepare a student to enter the workforce successfully or postsecondary education without remediation from within one 
endorsement area or among endorsement areas that are not in a coherent sequence
  • Four credits in each of the four foundation subject areas to include English IV and chemistry and/or physics
  • Four credits in AP, IB, or dual credit selected from English, mathematics, science, social studies, economics, languages other than English, or fine arts

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