Air Traffic Controller

SCED Code: 20999
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 280
Credits: 2
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: Yes
Non-Traditional?: F

In Air Traffic Controller, students will be introduced to the skills necessary to ensure the safe, orderly, and expeditious flow of manned and unmanned air traffic. They will explore the role of air traffic controllers within the National Airspace System (NAS), as well as training and career opportunities in this field. Instruction will include the function and history of air traffic control (ATC), responsibilities and priority of duties, meteorology, emergency situations, and related topics. This course will provide an introduction for students interested in careers in ATC and related jobs. 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.

Class Size Regulation

The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

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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
Transportation Operations
Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance
  • Aircraft Mechanics and Service Technicians
Logistics Planning & Management Services
  • Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Transportation Systems/Infrastructure Planning, Management & Regulation
  • Air Traffic Controllers
  • Traffic Technicians

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