Implementing a PLTW Program
PLTW programs have been successfully implemented across the country in public, private, independent, magnet and charter schools as well as specialized academies.
Schools that wish to offer a PLTW STEM Education program enter into a PLTW STEM Agreement. Below is some basic information about implementing a program. For more detailed instructions, visit our Getting Started page.
For High Schools (Pathway To Engineering and/or Biomedical Sciences)
- For high schools that wish to provide a PLTW program, they must offer at least three courses within a period of three academic years from the date that it commences the curricular program.
- For Pathway to Engineering (PTE) required courses are Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering, and any PTE specialization course or the capstone course.
- For Biomedical Sciences (BMS), schools are required to offer Principles of the Biomedical Sciences, Human Body Systems and Medical Interventions.
- Schools must offer a minimum of four courses to be eligible for certification.
For Middle Schools (Gateway To Technology)
- Middle schools must offer the Design and Modeling and Automation and Robotics units in the first year of implementation.
- Schools may add any combination of the specialization units.