SCED Code: 12104
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11, 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No

Accounting students study the basic principles, concepts, and practices of the accounting cycle for a service business and a merchandising business. Topics covered include analyzing transactions, journalizing and posting entries, preparing payroll records and financial statements, and managing cash control systems. Business ethics and professional conduct are emphasized. Students learn fundamental accounting procedures. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Recommended prerequisite(s): Keyboarding or Digital Applications course(s) or teacher-approved demonstration and documentation of touch keyboarding skills.

Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Business Information Management
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Budget Analyst
  • Executive Assistant
  • Information Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Receptionist

Pathway Occupation
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
  • Controller
  • Cost Analyst
  • Management Accountant
  • Personal Financial Advisors
Banking Services
  • Bill and Account Collectors
  • Credit Analysts
  • Debt Counselor
  • Financial Managers
  • Loan Officers
  • Teller
Business Finance
  • Accountants and Auditors
  • Controller
  • Cost Analyst
  • Management Accountant
Securities & Investments
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Tax Preparers

Pathway Occupation
Foreign Service
  • Diplomatic Courier
  • Foreign Service Worker
  • Interpreter/Translator
  • Legislative Aide
  • Legislator
  • Lobbyist
National Security
  • Combat Specialty Officer
  • Military Enlisted Personnel
  • Military Intelligence Specialist
  • Military Officer
  • Special Forces Personnel
  • Actuaries
  • Economic Development Coordinator
  • Economists
  • Interviewer
  • Urban and Regional Planner
Public Management & Administration
  • Court/Municipal/License Clerk
  • Eligibility Specialist
  • Government Accountant/Auditor
  • Mail Carrier
  • Postal Service Clerk
  • Postmaster/Mail Superintendent
  • Aviation Inspector
  • Compliance Officers
  • Environmental Compliance Inspector
  • Financial and Investment Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Private Detective, Investigator
  • Transit Vehicle Inspector
Revenue & Taxation
  • Compliance Officers
  • Financial and Investment Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Real Estate Appraiser
  • Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Pathway Occupation
Engineering & Technology
  • Materials Engineer
Science & Mathematics
  • Economists
  • Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
  • Technical Writer

Pathway Occupation
Sales & Service
  • Billing Clerk
  • Dispatcher
  • Office Manager
  • Parts Sales Representative
  • Statement Clerk
  • Customer Service Representatives

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